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After suspending the 2012 season, the league hoped it would be able to return in 2013, but it was not to be.

The Women's Professional Soccer Board of Governors announced that it has suspended operations permanently and will dissolve the league.

“We sincerely regret having to take this course of action,” said T. Fitz Johnson, Atlanta Beat owner and chairman of the board.

In January, the league announced it would suspend the 2012 season, but had remained hopeful that it would return to play the 2013 season.

“We are proud of what WPS has accomplished, having attracted the highest quality players in the world to play in the best women’s league, as well as the progress women’s soccer has enjoyed over the past three years,” said Thomas Hofstetter, CEO and President of Sky Blue Women’s Soccer, Inc.

“We are extremely grateful to our sponsors, the talented players and dedicated fans that made this league so special. They, along with our teams, have invested an incredible amount of resources for the benefit of the women who played in WPS and the young players who aspire to play professionally someday,” Hofstetter said.

The league was founded in 2007 and began play in 2009 but only managed to play three seasons before coming to its unfortunate end.

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