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Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji

With the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) at its midway point, players in the league are already looking forward for the end of the season where a reality television show is set to take place involving players.

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Titled ‘The Offseason”, the reality series created by Gotham and United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) star Midge Purce, has officially confirmed its streaming debut, Purce announced in Cannes this week.

According to Purce, the six-episode, half-hour docuseries will stream this summer on X, though a specific premiere date hasn’t yet been set.

The Offseason was filmed in Miami, two weeks before the NWSL preseason. It’s a crucial time for players, a period where they prepare to join their respective teams and compete for both starting and roster spots.

Production designed all the facilities, bringing in top-tier trainers, masseuses, chefs, and gym equipment to create a high-level training environment, ensuring the players were in peak condition, per the show’s release. Throughout filming, athletes lived together in one house — a reality TV conceit rife for entertainment.

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The series follows a number of NWSL stars, including Purce (NJ/NY Gotham FC), Maria Sanchez (Houston Dash), Lo'eau LaBonta (Kansas City Current), Michelle Alozie (Houston Dash), Taylor Smith (NJ/NY Gotham FC), Nikki Stanton (OL Reign), Ally Watt (Orlando Pride), Taryn Torres (NJ/NY Gotham FC), Paige Nielsen (Angel City FC), and Ifeoma Onumonu (Utah Royals).

Purce said the series is about the essence of what it means to be a professional athlete and more than just sports — it's about the human experience behind the athlete.

The show promises a behind-the-scenes look at professional women's sports, teasing major life decisions, on-field tensions, and players taking stock of the environments they'll be entering once their preseason trip is over. The series delves into the real-life challenges faced by the athletes, including club trades, contract negotiations, burnout, and the relentless pressure from outsiders commenting on the players' personal lives.

Meanwhile...

Jaedyn Shaw continues to make NWSL history, surpassing Trinity Rodman for the most NWSL goals by a teenager on Saturday.

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She did it in a game against Rodman's Washington Spirit in the 20th minute of the 1-1 draw. It brings her total to 13 league goals, after making her NWSL debut at 17 years old in July 2022.

The goal is her third this season. Shaw currently leads Wave alongside Makenzy Doniak. 

Shaw has also been a member of the USWNT, alongside Rodman, netting seven goals over 14 national team appearances. If she gets called up to this summer’s Olympics under Emma Hayes, it will mark her first official tournament with the USWNT.

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