Parker, Graham (October 18, 2012). “Who earns the big bucks in MLS? And why the players want us to know”. On May 18, 2012, the WPS announced that the league had officially ceased operations, having played for only three seasons. By this time, the WPSL and W-League were the two semi-pro leagues in the United States and had sat under WUSA and the WPS until 2012. Upon the disbandment of the WPS, they once again regained their status as the premier women’s soccer leagues in the United States.