Women's Premier Soccer League

The Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) is a national women's soccer league in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico, and is on the second level of women's soccer in the United States soccer pyramid, below National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) and roughly equal with United Women's Soccer (UWS). The WPSL is the largest women's soccer league in the world (in terms of number of clubs) .

Women's Premier Soccer League
Founded1997
CountryUnited States
Other club(s) fromCanada
Puerto Rico
ConfederationCONCACAF
Divisions20
Number of teams119
Current championsPensacola FC Women
(2019)
Most championshipsCalifornia Storm
(3 titles)
Websitewpslsoccer.com

The WPSL started as the Western Division of the W-League, before breaking away to form its own league in 1997. The league is sanctioned by the United States Adult Soccer Association, an affiliate of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF).

When Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) suspended play in 2012, WPSL moved forward with its ambitions toward professionalism and created the WPSL Elite League.[1] The Elite League was a pro-am league, with at least four fully professional teams, including three former WPS teams. The Elite league operated for just the 2012 season, disbanding in 2013 with the formation of the NWSL, which the three former WPS teams joined.

Clubs

WPSL East Region
Midwest Conference Mid-Atlantic Conference Ohio Valley Conference Metropolitan Conference
Chicago City SC Keystone Division Colonial Division AAFC Lumberjills NJ Wizards SC Cedar Stars
Chicago Red Stars Reserves Buxmont Torch FC Old Dominion Cesena USA Cincinnati Sirens FC New York Athletic Club
Milwaukee Lady Torrent Hershey SC Philly Fever Cleveland Ambassadors PSA Wildcats
FC Pride Lehigh Valley Tempest CAFC Ospreys Columbus Eagles FC Rhode Island Rogues
Indy Saints FC Penn Fusion SA OPSA Magic Dayton Dutch Lions WFC SUSA FC
Green Bay Glory Pittsburgh Hotspurs SC Philadelphia Lone Star FC Motor City FC
WPSL Central Region
Northern Conference Heartland Conference Red River Conference Mountain Conference
Dakota Fusion FC Elite Girls Academy North Division South Division Colorado-Aurora
Fire 98 SC FC Wichita FC Dallas Women AHFC Royals FC Boulder
Mankato SC Fire & Ice SC Fortuna Tulsa Alamo City SC Indios Denver FC
Maplebrook Fury KC Courage Oklahoma City FC Lonestar SC Utah Arrows SC
Rochester United FC Lady Demize Southstar FC San Antonio Blossoms Utah Red Devils
Salvo SC St. Louis Lions Texas Spurs FC Texas Titans ×Utah Royals FC Reserves
TTi Bluebonnets
WPSL South Region
Carolinas Conference Sunshine Conference Southeast Conference Gulf Conference
North Division South Division FC Surge Alabama FC Baton Rouge United
Carolina Lady Dynamo Asheville City SC Team Boca Blast Chattanooga Red Wolves SC Mississippi Blues SC
Carolina Rapids Beaufort County FC Florida Krush Memphis Lobos Pensacola FC Women
Lake Norman SC Eclipse Charleston Fleet Florida Sol FC Nashville Rhythm FC Pensacola FC Academy
Oak City United Charlotte Lady Eagles Florida Tropics SC North Alabama SC Ranger Ladies FC
Wake FC Discoveries FC Orlando Kicks FC Peachtree City MOBA Florida Gulf Coast Dutch Lions FC
Puerto Rico Pride FC Chattanooga FC
Southern Soccer Academy
WPSL West Region
Northwest Conference PacNorth Conference Coastal Conference PacSouth Conference
Vancouver Island FC California Storm Beach Futbol Club Desert Division San Diego Division
Eugene Timbers FC Azul Marin FC Alliance FC Golden State Villa Albuquerque Sol FC ASC San Diego
ISC Gunners FC MVLA Wolves LA Premier FC FC Arizona Women LA Galaxy San Diego
OSA FC Players North SC Legends FC FC Tucson Women San Diego Parceiro Ladies
PacNW Women Pleasanton Rage Pateadores SC Phoenix Del Sol San Diego WFC SeaLions
Seattle Sounders Women Primero de Mayo Salsa Women's SC Players SC San Diego Surf
Spokane SC Shadow San Francisco Nighthawks SoCal Union FC
TSS FC Rovers San Ramon FC
Westside Timbers

[2]

Former teams

WPSL champions

SeasonChampionRunners-up
1998Silicon Valley Red DevilsAuto Trader Select
1999California StormSan Diego Auto Trader
2000San Diego W.F.C.California Storm
2001Ajax of Southern CaliforniaSan Diego W.F.C.
2002California StormAjax America Women
2003Utah SpidersCalifornia Storm
2004California StormNew England Mutiny
2005F.C. IndianaCalifornia Storm
2006Long Island FuryRiver Cities FC
2007F.C. IndianaNew England Mutiny
2008Ajax America WomenArizona Rush
2009Long Island FuryAjax America Women
2010Boston AztecAjax America Women
2011Orange County WavesChicago Red Stars
2012Gulf Coast TexansBoston Aztec
2013San Diego WFC SeaLionsHouston Aces
2014Beach Futbol ClubHouston Aces
2015Chicago Red Stars ReservesSoCal FC
2016Boston Breakers ReservesSan Diego WFC SeaLions
2017Fire & Ice SCGulf Coast Texans
2018Seattle Sounders WomenPensacola FC Women
2019Pensacola FC WomenUtah Royals FC Reserves

Staff

Executive Committee

  • Sean Jones – President
  • Rich Sparling – Commissioner
  • DeBray Ayala – Vice-President
  • Brad Lund – Vice-President

Front Office

  • Beth Patterson – Team Services Director
  • James Poling – Communications Director
  • Robyn Healy – Marketing Director
  • Jeramie McPeek – Creative Content
  • Dr. Vytas Ringus – Medical Director
  • David Simmons – Referee Coordinator

Associate Commissioners

  • Jessica Mendez – East Region
  • Kendra Halterman – South Region
  • Matt Homonoff – Central Region
  • Macy Jo Harrison – West Region

[4][5]

See also

References

  1. Kassouf, Jeff (February 9, 2012). "WPSL Elite League launches for 2012 with Flash, Breakers, Red Stars, FC Indiana". equalizersoccer.com. Retrieved March 24, 2012.
  2. "By Region". www.wpslsoccer.com. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  3. "The 2018 year in review: Looking to the future". Chattanooga FC Women. 16 January 2019. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  4. "Staff Directory". www.wpslsoccer.com. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  5. Scavuzzo, Christine (October 24, 2017). "WPSL's new commissioner Sparling takes over". GoalNation.com. Retrieved October 24, 2017.
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