METUCHEN, NJ – United Women’s Soccer (UWS) today announced the implementation of sanctions that will take immediate effect against FC Austin Elite and the club’s ownership led by Danny Woodfill following an investigation led by the league’s Executive Committee and reviewed by legal council.
On Friday July 1, 2022 the UWS was made aware of a public statement posted on social media by players of FC Austin Elite with allegations of misconduct by the organization’s ownership. In accordance with league procedures, the UWS immediately launched an investigation during which it sought written and verbal grievances from players, the coach, and other UWS member organizations detailing the issues they had experienced.
The investigators concluded that FC Austin Elite’s owner engaged in verbal, financial, and procedural misconduct.
Given these findings, the UWS Executive Committee recommends the implementation of the following sanctions, which will take immediate effect for FC Austin Elite and its owner Danny Woodfill.
Furthermore, the league will review its policies and procedures to ensure it continues to have robust contingency plans in place for any similar incidents going forward. The UWS remains committed to building respectful, inclusive, and professional workplaces. In the immediate future, this means providing DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) training and continuing to promote a culture of transparency by making the reporting protocols for any situation of bullying, discrimination, or harassment more accessible.