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W-League to cease operations, Atlanta Silverbacks Women's team out in the cold

The Atlanta Silverbacks Women's team will be without a league to play in after the W-League announced today that it will cease operations before the 2016 season.

This means that the Silverbacks Women are currently without a competitive league to call home. While it's possible the W-League will find a way to re-establish itself in some form, the more likely scenario is that the Silverbacks will have to hope the Women's Premier Soccer League, a second-tier league like the W-League was, will open it's doors and accept them into the fold.

While the Women's team shares a name with the NASL's Atlanta Silverbacks, their interests are separate. The NASL owns the Men's side while their former minority owners John Latham controls the interests of the Women's team. He'll need to find other arrangements for his team to play in next season if they continue from here on.

The Georgia Revolution once had a team participate in the WPSL, but did not have one last year. It's certainly a possibility that Latham could find a spot for his team there.

Stay tuned to DSS for more info on the future of the Silverbacks and their Women's side.