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Based on a few suggestions from last week’s chat the week 7 questions are about WPS All-star game.

Q1: Who did you vote for and why?

Q2: What are your thoughts on the new format for the All-star game?

  • Having the two top vote getters pick teams vs. playing an international team

Q3: What is your favorite play of the week?

Q4: What would you like to discuss in the upcoming weeks?

Join us on Monday at 8pm EST to throw your thoughts into the mix. Just log on to Twitter, Tweetchat, or Tweetgrid, and use the #WPSchat tag.

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Based on a few suggestions from last week’s chat the week 6 questions are about WPS franchises.

Q1: What are the best things franchises are doing to engage fans?

  • What online outlets are being used?
  • What real world outlets are being used?
  • What do you think about how the outlets are being used?

Q2: What are the benefits of support clubs to the WPS franchises?

  • Does it promote fan travel and support for the franchise on the road?
  • Do chants bring value to the in-game experience?

Q3: What is your favorite play of the week?

Q4: What would you like to discuss in the upcoming weeks?

Join us on Monday at 8pm EST to throw your thoughts into the mix. Just log on to Twitter, Tweetchat, or Tweetgrid, and use the #WPSchat tag.

Based on a few suggestions from last week’s chat the week 5 questions are about expansion and media coverage.

Q1: Where would you like to see the next WPS teams?

  • What cities have the market for a successful franchise?

Q2: What coverage do you want from the media?

  • What do you see the in-game coverage to be?
  • What types of videos do you like?

Q3: What is your favorite play of the week?

Q4: What would you like to discuss in the upcoming weeks?

Join us on Monday at 8pm EST to throw your thoughts into the mix. Just log on to Twitter, Tweetchat, or Tweetgrid, and use the #WPSchat tag.

Week 4 of the #WPSchat was all business. The questions for this week’s chat focused on the WPS brand and the roles of the league and the teams. This was different from previous weeks’ chats which discussed on field activities. This change in topic for discussion did not deter participation or engagement. Instead it was business as usual in the session.

Question 1 (As fans, what does the WPS brand mean to you?) had a slow start.  Contributors took time to put good thought into what the WPS means to them. Once the tweets started though, they wouldn’t slow for the rest of the session. The brand is seen as an extension of the players, their personalities, their talent, and their class. Many people approved of the league’s decision to focus on these attributes rather than the gender of the players. The WPS needs to be seen as entertainment, not as a cause. A good example of this is the campaign ‘See Extraordinary.’

The “Tweet of the Chat” came from question 1:

I think it’s also about having a team that you can truly feel is “your team.” – @ljbarks

The WPS is building a strong brand by inviting people into the experience– they are encouraging fans to make each team “their team.”

Question 2 looked at the roles of the league and the teams. Most thought the league’s role was to support the teams in creating a marketable product, setting standards, and foster healthy competition. Rivalries were seen by most as a way to increase attendance and build team support. Some saw the team role as being focused on getting fans to the game.

The overwhelming favorite play of the week was not a play but a player. It was Karen Bardsley’s clean sheet and amazing performance which won her the WPS player of the week and the #WPSchat’s favorite play of the week. Voted second by contributors was Lindsay Tarpley’s goal.

Catch next week’s chat on Monday at 8pm EST, look forward to chatting with you. Next Week’s questions will be posted on Sunday.

The questions for week 4 look at the business side of the WPS. Based on a few suggestions at the end of last week’s chat, questions will focus on the off the field activities of the WPS and the teams.

Q1: As fans, what does the WPS brand mean to you?

  • How is this achieved through marketing and advertising?
  • Do the league sponsorships fit the brand?
  • What would you like to see the WPS do more of in regards to their marketing?

Q2: What is the WPS’s role versus the franchise’s (team’s) role?

  • What role should the league play in governing the franchises?
  • What is the responsibility of the franchises to the league?

Q3: What is your favorite play of the week?

Q4: What would you like to discuss in the upcoming weeks?

Join us on Monday at 8pm EST to throw your thoughts into the mix. Just log on to Twitter, Tweetchat, or Tweetgrid, and use the #WPSchat tag.

Week 3 had some surprises to add to normal intrigue of the chat. Good or bad surprise first? Going with the good surprises first. There were new contributors and many return chat Tweeps! The bad surprise was the failure of previously splendid chat site, Tweetchat, just after the introductions and right before the launch of Q1. Come to find they switched servers over the weekend and let’s say the new server, not as stellar. The chat survived–and even thrived–after the switch to the chat platform Tweetgrid.

Question 1 (What impact does the WPS have on the women’s national teams?) took off after the Tweetchat debacle. The discussion focused on how the players in the WPS are getting recognition and improving overall because of the high level of play, coaching, and reach of the league. Some thought this would even the playing field of the National teams in international competitions, making the matches closer and more exciting to watch. This was such a popular discussion point that it was hard to move on to question 2– perhaps we should talk about this more in a future chat session.

Question 1 also gave us this week’s “Tweet of the chat”:

“I like how it’s brought players into the USWNT, but I wish Pia would use it to weed players out as well.” – @dharv5

Though only 103 characters, this tweet got a lot of people talking about the need to replace players who may not be playing well on the national level, and to give untested talent a chance to improve.

The discussion for question 2 (What impact will the WPS have on future women’s leagues throughout the world?) centered around three points: the WPS as a model league, players leaving the WPS for new leagues, and the idea of inter-league matches. Some thought the WPS could be used as a model for other leagues to build on and that players would need to be shared between them making the game stronger internationally. A number of chat participants argued that inter-league matches could be valuable but that there would be difficulty in getting them off the ground and organizing them.

There were a few favorite plays of the week by an international. Goals by Athletica’s Eniola Aluko and Freedom ‘s Sonia Bompastor were two of the favorites. The third was the PK save by Sky Blue’s Karen Bardsley.

Look forward to chatting with everyone next Monday at 8pm EST. Check back for next week’s questions on Friday.

Sorry for the delay in getting this week’s #WPSchat questions out to you. I had put in some extra time at work and things got a little hectic. This week’s question are of an international flavor– how the presence of a professional women’s league affects the state of play around the globe.

Q1: What impact does the WPS have on the women’s national teams?

  • How does the development of talent affect the women’s national teams?
  • Will the talent gap close (USWNT’s dominance)?

Q2: What impact will the WPS have on future women’s leagues throughout the world?

  • Will talent move out of the WPS?
  • What is needed to support these leagues?

Q3:  What was your favorite play this week– from an international player?

Q4: Is there anything you want to discuss in upcoming chats?

We’ll start discussion this Monday at 8:00 pm EST. Just log on to Twitter (or Tweetchat) and follow the #WPSchat tag.

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