Last week, both Portman and William were among a group of women awarded the rights to the National Women's Soccer League's Los Angeles-based team. The other founders include venture capitalist Kara Nortman, OUYA founder Julie Uhrman, Reddit co-founder and Williams' husband Alexis Ohanian, and actresses Uzo Aduba, America Ferrera, Jennifer Garner, Eva Longoria and Lilly Singh.
In a recent interview with PEOPLE, Portman said she was initially inspired to take a closer look at the NWSL after she was introduced to players by Becca Roux, the executive director for the USWNT Players Association.
"We just started thinking about, what if there was a team in L.A.? We're the center of entertainment in this country for media," she said. "What can we do to change the way people are paying attention to this sport? Obviously, the players themselves have been incredible and have brought so much attention, but everything hasn't always followed their success and their popularity."
The all-female team's name is set to be revealed later this year but is currently referred to as WFC LA/Angel City.
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