Rising sister soccer stars Alyssa and Gisele Thompson are first to sign high school NIL deal with Nike

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California sisters who play with USA national youth soccer teams are the first high school athletes to sign a name, image and likeness deal with Nike.

Alyssa and Gisele Thompson of Harvard Westlake High School in Los Angeles signed a multiyear deal with Nike, according to A&V Sports' Evan Sroka, who represents the sisters. Both sisters are committed to play for Stanford after high school. Terms of the deal weren't announced.

Alyssa, a junior, started for USA's U-20 team that won the Concacaf championship in March. Gisele, a sophomore, started for the U-17 USA team that also secured a Concacaf championship on May 8.

NIL deals have opened the door for college athletes who otherwise wouldn't get paid to profit off their name, image and likeness. California regulations allow high school athletes the same benefit. The Thompsons aren't allowed to wear Harvard Westlake gear in any NIL activity, The Los Angeles Times reports. Sroka told the Times that the sisters worked out the deal alongside Stanford to ensure that they would maintain their NCAA eligibility.

Nike's first NIL deal of any kind was also with a women's soccer player. It signed UCLA sophomore Reilyn Turner to an NIL deal in December.

WASHINGTON, DC - May 01: A general view of two Nike branded soccer balls on the pitch before the NWSL game between the Washington Spirit and the OL Reign at Audi Field on May 1, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
Nike has signed soccer-playing sisters to its first high school NIL deal. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
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