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Nike extends NWSL backing

The North American National Women’s Soccer League has extended its partnership with US sportswear manufacturer Nike.

The deal will see Nike sponsor the NWSL for the next four years, culminating in the 2019 season. The two parties have been in partnership since 2012, when Nike became one of the league’s founding sponsors.

Nike will continue to be the league’s official uniform, apparel and equipment provider for the NWSL’s nine clubs. As part of the deal, Nike will also supply the league’s official match ball and provide each team with a sport-science resource.

Andrea Perez, North America general manager of soccer for Nike, said: “This extension not only gives soccer fans more opportunities to see their favourite athletes in action, but it also reinforces Nike’s overall leadership in women’s soccer, helping to grow the women’s game beyond where it stands today.”

US Soccer president Sunil Gulati added: “This partnership with the NWSL demonstrates Nike’s commitment to the women’s game. As the league grows, Nike’s continuing support will be instrumental in growing the women’s game domestically.”