Women's Premier Soccer League

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Women's Premier Soccer League
Women's Premier Soccer League (logo).png
Founded1997
CountryUnited States
Other club(s) fromCanada
ConfederationCONCACAF
Divisions22
Number of teams125
Level on pyramid2 (Provisional)
Current championsPensacola FC Women
(2019)
Most championshipsCalifornia Storm
(3 titles)
Websitewpslsoccer.com

The Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) is a national semi-professional women's soccer league in the United States and Canada.[1] It 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).

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.[2] 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.

Current clubs[edit]

The following teams played in the Women's Premier Soccer League during the 2019 season.

Club City Stadium
Central Region (Northern Conference)[3]
Dakota Fusion FC Moorhead, Minnesota Jim Gotta Stadium
Fire SC 98 Saint Paul, Minnesota Sea Foam Stadium
MapleBrook Fury Maple Grove, Minnesota Maple Grove HS Stadium
Mankato United SC Mankato, Minnesota Caswell North Soccer Complex
Rochester United FC Rochester, Minnesota Mayo HS Stadium
Salvo SC Eagan, Minnesota Reynolds Field
Central Region (Heartland Conference)[4]
Fire & Ice SC Belleville, Illinois Althoff Catholic HS
KC Courage Kansas City, Kansas & Kansas City, Missouri Rockhurst University & KCKCC
St. Louis Lions Cottleville, Missouri Tony Glavin Soccer Park
FC Wichita Wichita, Kansas Stryker Soccer Complex
SFG Lady Demize Springfield, Missouri Cooper Stadium
Elite Girls Academy Omaha, Nebraska Al F. Caniglia Field
Central Region (Red River Conference - North Division)[5]
Tulsa SC Tulsa, Oklahoma ONEOK Field
Texas Spurs FC Collin County, Texas Willow Springs MS
Oklahoma City FC Yukon, Oklahoma Lakeview Field
SouthStar FC Fort Worth, Texas Garvey-Rosenthal Soccer Stadium
Central Region (Red River Conference - South Division)[6]
AHFC Royals Houston, Texas Titan Sports Complex
Alamo City SC San Antonio, Texas Alamo Sportsplex
Lonestar SC Round Rock, Texas Round Rock Multipurpose Center
Texas Titans Cypress, Texas & Katy, Texas British International School of Houston & Presbyterian Outdoor Education Center
TTi Bluebonnets Houston, Texas Presbyterian Outdoor Education Center
San Antonio Blossoms San Antonio, Texas Blossom Athletic Center
Central Region (Mountain Conference)[7]
Utah Red Devils Salt Lake City, Utah Summit Academy & Juan Diego
Utah Arrows SC Salt Lake City, Utah Summit Academy
FC Boulder Boulder, Colorado Pleasant View Soccer Complex
Colorado Rapids Women Golden, Colorado Stermole Soccer Stadium
Indios Denver FC Highlands Ranch, Colorado Shea Stadium
Utah Royals FC Reserves Herriman, Utah Zions Bank Stadium
East Region (Midwest Conference)[8]
FC Pride Indianapolis, Indiana Mount Vernon HS & Carroll Stadium
Indy Saints FC Indianapolis, Indiana St. Theodore Guerin HS & Cardinal Ritter HS
Chicago City SC Chicago Illinois Stuart Field, Cacciatore Stadium & Hoyne Fields
Chicago Red Stars Reserves Chicago Illinois Stuart Field, Cacciatore Stadium & Hoyne Fields
FC Milwaukee Torrent Wauwatosa, Wisconsin Hart Park
Green Bay Glory Green Bay, Wisconsin Aldo Santaga Stadium
East Region (Metropolitan Conference)[9]
SUSA FC Smithtown, New York SUSA Smithtown
Rhode Island Rogues Bristol, Rhode Island Bayside Field
PSA Wildcats Woodbridge, New Jersey Woodbridge HS
New York Athletic Club New York City, New York Asphalt Green
NJ Wizards SC Cedar Stars Cedar Grove, New Jersey Cedar Grove HS Athletic Complex
East Region (Mid-Atlantic Conference - Keystone Division)[10]
Torch FC Perkasie, Pennsylvania Pennridge HS
Hershey FC Hershey, Pennsylvania Hershey HS
Lehigh Valley Tempest Allentown, Pennsylvania FalconPlex
Penn Fusion SA West Chester, Pennsylvania Penn Fusion
Steel City FC Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania The Ellis School
East Region (Mid-Atlantic Conference - Colonial Division)[11]
CAFC Ospreys Milford, Delaware Delaware Turf Sports Complex
Old Dominion Cesena USA Aldie, Virginia John Champe HS
OPSA Magic Crownsville, Maryland Indian Creek Upper School
Philly Fever Trevose, Pennsylvania TriFecta SC
Philadelphia Lone Star FC Philadelphia, Pennsylvania South Philadelphia Super Site
East Region (Ohio Valley Conference)[12]
AAFC Lumberjills Ann Arbor, Michigan Saline HS
Cincinnati Sirens FC West Chester, Ohio Lakota West HS
Cleveland Ambassadors Macedonia, Ohio Nordonia HS
Columbus Eagles FC Westerville, Ohio Clements Field
Motor City FC Berkley, Michigan Hurley Field
Dayton Dutch Lions FC West Carrollton, Ohio West Carrollton HS
South Region (Carolinas Conference - North Division)[13]
Oak City United Cary, North Carolina WakeMed Park
Wake FC Holly Springs, North Carolina Ting Park Holly Springs
LNSC Eclipse Mooresville, North Carolina Pine Lake Prep
Carolina Rapids Cornelius, North Carolina William A. Hough HS
North Carolina Fusion U23 Browns Summit, North Carolina Macpherson Stadium, NC
South Region (Carolinas Conference - South Division)[14]
Charleston Fleet FC Mount Pleasant, South Carolina Patriots Point Stadium
Beaufort County FC Hilton Head Island, South Carolina Hilton Head Christian Academy
Discoveries FC Fort Mill, South Carolina Nation Ford HS
Asheville City SC Asheville, North Carolina Memorial Stadium
Charlotte Eagles Matthews, North Carolina Sportsplex at Matthews
South Region (Sunshine Conference)[15]
FC Surge Miami, Florida Scheck Hillel Community School
Florida Gulf Coast Dutch Lions Cape Coral, Florida Ida S. Baker HS
Florida Krush Winter Park, Florida Trinity Preparatory School
Florida Sol FC Fleming Island, Florida Clay County Soccer Complex
Florida Tropics SC St. Petersburg, Florida Walter Fuller Sports Complex
Puerto Rico Pride FC Orlando, Florida Trotters Park
Team Boca Blast Boca Raton, Florida FAU Soccer Stadium
Orlando Kicks FC Montverde, Florida Montverde Academy
South Region (Southeast Conference)[16]
Memphis Lobos Germantown, Tennessee Houston HS
Nashville Rhythm Nashville, Tennessee Father Ryan HS
Peachtree City MOBA Peachtree City, Georgia MOBA Soccer Stadium
Alabama FC Birmingham, Alabama Sportsblast Complex
Chattanooga Red Wolves SC Chattanooga, Tennessee SCCS David Stanton Field
North Alabama SC Huntsville, Alabama John Hunt Park
South Region (Gulf Conference)[17]
Pensacola FC Pensacola, Florida Ashton Brosnaham Stadium
Rangers Ladies FC Fairhope, Alabama Fairhope Municipal Stadium
Baton Rouge United Baton Rouge, Louisiana BREC Olympia Stadium
MS Blues SC Clinton, Mississippi Clinton HS
Pensacola FC Academy Pensacola, Florida Ashton Brosnaham Stadium
West Region (Northwest Conference)[18]
ISC Gunners FC Issaquah, Washington Issaquah HS
OSA XF Renton, Washington Renton Memorial Stadium
Seattle Sounders Women Tukwila, Washington Starfire Sports Stadium
Westside Timbers Hillsboro, Oregon Hillsboro Stadium
PacNW Renton, Washington Renton Memorial Stadium
Vancouver TSS Rovers Burnaby, British Columbia Swangard Stadium
Eugene Timbers FC Azul Eugene, Oregon South Eugene HS
Vancouver Island FC Langford, British Columbia Westhills Stadium
Spokane SC Shadow Spokane, Washington Spokane Falls Community College Stadium
West Region (Pac North Conference)[19]
California Storm Sacramento, California Papa Murphy's Park
MVLA Wolves Los Altos Hills, California Foothill College
Primero de Mayo Sacramento, California O'Neil Park
San Ramon FC San Ramon, California Rancho San Ramon Community Park
Marin FC Alliance San Rafael, California San Rafael HS
San Francisco Nighthawks San Francisco, California Kezar Stadium
Pleasanton RAGE Pleasanton, California Patelco Sports Complex
Players North SC Reno, Nevada Damonte Ranch HS
West Region (Coastal Conference)[20]
Beach Futbol Club Alondra Park, California El Camino College
LA Premier FC La Cañada Flintridge, California La Cañada HS
Legends FC Corona, California SilverLakes Sports
Pateadores Costa Mesa, California Orange Coast College
So Cal Union FC Murrieta, California Murrieta Valley HS
Salsa SC Torrance, California North HS
FC Golden State Whittier, California Rio Hondo College
West Region (Pac South Conference - Desert Division)[21]
FC Tucson Tucson, Arizona Kino Sports Complex
Phoenix Del Sol Phoenix, Arizona Reach 11 Sports Complex
Players SC Las Vegas, Nevada James Regional Sports Park
Albuquerque FC Albuquerque, New Mexico St. Pius X HS
FC Arizona Tempe, Arizona Tempe Sports Complex
West Region (Pac South Conference - San Diego Division)[22]
ASC San Diego San Diego, California Mission Bay HS
LA Galaxy San Diego Carlsbad, California Army and Navy Academy
San Diego SeaLions San Diego, California Cathedral Catholic HS
San Diego Parceiro Ladies San Diego, California James Madison HS
San Diego Surf San Diego, California Canyon Crest Academy

Former teams[edit]

WPSL champions[edit]

Season Champion Runners-up
1998 Silicon Valley Red Devils Auto Trader Select
1999 California Storm San Diego Auto Trader
2000 San Diego W.F.C. California Storm
2001 Ajax of Southern California San Diego W.F.C.
2002 California Storm Ajax America Women
2003 Utah Spiders California Storm
2004 California Storm New England Mutiny
2005 F.C. Indiana California Storm
2006 Long Island Fury River Cities FC
2007 F.C. Indiana New England Mutiny
2008 Ajax America Women Arizona Rush
2009 Long Island Fury Ajax America Women
2010 Boston Aztec Ajax America Women
2011 Orange County Waves Chicago Red Stars
2012 Gulf Coast Texans Boston Aztec
2013 San Diego WFC SeaLions Houston Aces
2014 Beach Futbol Club Houston Aces
2015 Chicago Red Stars Reserves SoCal FC
2016 Boston Breakers Reserves San Diego WFC SeaLions
2017 Fire & Ice SC Gulf Coast Texans
2018 Seattle Sounders Women Pensacola FC Women
2019 Pensacola FC Women Utah Royals FC Reserves

Staff[edit]

Executive Committee[edit]

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

Front Office[edit]

  • 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[edit]

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

[24][25]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Federal City FC Women bring WPSL to Washington, DC metro area". SoccerWire. May 6, 2014. Archived from the original on July 14, 2020. Retrieved July 21, 2020. The WPSL is the top women's semi professional operating league in the United States. Sanctioned by the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), the WPSL is considered the 2nd tier of women's soccer within the United States behind the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL).
  2. ^ Kassouf, Jeff (February 9, 2012). "WPSL Elite League launches for 2012 with Flash, Breakers, Red Stars, FC Indiana". equalizersoccer.com. Retrieved March 24, 2012.
  3. ^ "Northern Conference". WPSL. Retrieved 21 December 2019.
  4. ^ "Heartland Conference". WPSL. Retrieved 21 December 2019.
  5. ^ "Red River Conference - North Division". WPSL. Retrieved 21 December 2019.
  6. ^ "Red River Conference - South Division". WPSL. Retrieved 21 December 2019.
  7. ^ "Mountain Conference". WPSL. Retrieved 21 December 2019.
  8. ^ "Midwest Conference". WPSL. Retrieved 21 December 2019.
  9. ^ "Metropolitan Conference". WPSL. Retrieved 21 December 2019.
  10. ^ "Mid-Atlantic Conference - Keystone Division". WPSL. Retrieved 21 December 2019.
  11. ^ "Mid-Atlantic Conference - Colonial Division". WPSL. Retrieved 21 December 2019.
  12. ^ "Ohio Valley Conference". WPSL. Retrieved 21 December 2019.
  13. ^ "Carolinas Conference - North Division". WPSL. Retrieved 21 December 2019.
  14. ^ "Carolinas Conference - South Division". WPSL. Retrieved 21 December 2019.
  15. ^ "Sunshine Conference". WPSL. Retrieved 21 December 2019.
  16. ^ "Southeast Conference". WPSL. Retrieved 21 December 2019.
  17. ^ "Gulf Conference". WPSL. Retrieved 21 December 2019.
  18. ^ "Northwest Conference". WPSL. Retrieved 21 December 2019.
  19. ^ "Pac North Conference". WPSL. Retrieved 21 December 2019.
  20. ^ "Coastal Conference". WPSL. Retrieved 21 December 2019.
  21. ^ "Pac South Conference - Desert Division". WPSL. Retrieved 21 December 2019.
  22. ^ "Pac South Conference - San Diego Division". WPSL. Retrieved 21 December 2019.
  23. ^ "The 2018 year in review: Looking to the future". Chattanooga FC Women. 16 January 2019. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  24. ^ "Staff Directory". www.wpslsoccer.com. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  25. ^ Scavuzzo, Christine (October 24, 2017). "WPSL's new commissioner Sparling takes over". GoalNation.com. Retrieved October 24, 2017.

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