March 22, 2010

2010 WPS All-Star Game in Atlanta to Feature Unique Format

From WPS official press release:

WPS has announced that the 2010 All-Star game will be played in Atlanta's new stadium at Kennesaw, Georgia on June 30 and not only will the stadium be new, but so will the format for this year's game.

This year will feature a "pick-em" format. 36 players will be chosen to make the make the trip to Atlanta. 22 will be chosen in much the same way as last year in a combined voting process by coaches, players, media, and fans. 14 players will be All-Star coach/Commissioner selections. The highest voted domestic and the highest voted international players will be named as captains. The two captains plus the two head coaches will then pick their teams "playground" style in alternating selections in a publically held event.

Online voting for fans will begin in May. Media and teams will vote in June. This format will surely make for some lively conversation and discussion. “Atlanta, with its wonderful new stadium built specifically for WPS, will be a fantastic venue for our second WPS All-Star Game,” said WPS Commissioner Tonya Antonucci. “We decided to try something different this year with our format and move the date to mid-season to provide some separation from our WPS Championship. It should make for an incredible mid-summer festival of the world’s best soccer league for women.”

Last year's game in St. Louis pitted the WPS All-Stars against Umeå IK of Sweden. The WPS All-Stars edged Umeå by a 4-2 margin in that match.