Amanda Duffy is stepping down as president of the National Women’s Soccer League after one season in charge. The Washington Post’s Steve Goff first reported the news on Monday.
Duffy was promoted to president on Jan. 15, 2019. She joined the NWSL in December 2017 as managing director of operations and became managing director in 2018.
Goff reports that Duffy will be joining the front office of the Orlando Pride. Duffy was considered a potential candidate for the vacant NWSL commissioner job, a role which has not been filled since Jeff Plush left in March 2017.
A more earnest search for a league commissioner only recently began, after a long stretch of inactivity over the uncertainty regarding what the role would entail.
League owners expected more autonomy in 2020 — which would ostensibly give a commissioner more power — but U.S. Soccer is once again expected to manage the league as the federation and NWSL owners try to come to some agreement over their relationship moving forward.
Duffy joined the NWSL after two years with USL club Louisville City FC as general manager and president. She joined the Louisville City front office after seven years at the USL league office, including several in charge of the now defunct W-League.