Athletes Unlimited and USAV to Form Only U.S. Women’s Indoor Pro League

Team USA members Foluke Akinradewo (left) and Jordan Larson are two of the first three signees with Athletes Unlimited Volleyball.
(Photo by Eric Francis)

The United States has attempted a women’s professional indoor volleyball league in the past, but with the best college graduates looking to European countries instead, the women’s side of pro volleyball Stateside has fizzled out. With fresh leadership and exciting incentives, Athletes Unlimited Volleyball is primed to move into the space quickly and with enthusiasm.

With leagues worldwide looking for shorter seasons and less travel, particularly amid the uncertainty of COVID-19, Athletes Unlimited Volleyball will become the United States’ only professional women’s indoor volleyball league beginning in February 2021, leading up to the Summer Olympic Games.

Sanctioned by USA Volleyball, the league has announced its first three signees of an eventual 48, all of which are members of the U.S. National Team – Jordan Larson, Foluke Akinradewo, and Molly McCage. The three players will serve on the Player Advisory Board, a group that will determine the players and policies of the Athletes Unlimited Volleyball League.

Its unique organization and rules will keep the interest high all season long. With no team owners and investors capped on their return, the power is in the athletes’ hands to make them the stakeholders in the league. Athletes score team and individual points for cash bonuses and the chance to win the league title. Athletes will draft team members and new teams will form each week. The top four athletes in each week’s standings will serve as captains to draft the next week’s teams.

Athletes Unlimited will have an Advisory Board made up of experienced and well-known athletes and other members of sports, business, and entertainment industries. Names such as Larson, Kevin Durant, Abby Wambach, and Karch Kiraly are a few headliners on the Advisory Board.

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