Women's Premier Soccer League

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Women's Premier Soccer League
Women's Premier Soccer League (logo).png
Founded 1997; 20 years ago (1997)
Country United States
Confederation CONCACAF
Divisions 16
Number of teams 112
Level on pyramid 2
Current champions Fire & Ice SC
Most championships California Storm
(3 titles)
Website Official site in English
WPSL 2017

The Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) is a national women's soccer league in the United States and Puerto Rico, and is on the 2nd 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).

There are both professional/senior teams and amateur teams in the WPSL. An organization has to choose to be one or the other due to NCAA regulations, since collegiate players cannot play on pro teams.

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 as an affiliate of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF).

The WPSL is unusual in that it is one of the few women's leagues to spawn a men's league, rather than the other way around: the Men's Premier Soccer League, later the National Premier Soccer League, was created as an offshoot of the WPSL in 2003. According to the official WPSL website, the WPSL is the largest (in terms of number of teams) women's soccer league in the world. It is adding two teams soon as well, with 2017 adding Minnesota Women's United and 2018 adding Force Soccer Club of San Jose, California.

When WPS suspended play for the 2012, WPSL moved forward with its ambitions toward professionalism and created the WPSL Elite League.[1] Officially, the Elite League was a pro-am league, though the vast majority of team (including three former WPS teams) were fully professional. The Elite league ceased operation in 2013. At the same time, an U-20 league was also created,[2] further expanding the WPSL structure. Teams in the U-20 will mostly be associated with existing WPSL teams, but some will be stand-alone organizations.

2017 Teams[edit]

Northwest Conference[edit]

NorCal Conference[edit]

Coastal Conference[edit]

Pacific South Conference[edit]

Mountain Conference[edit]

Southwest Conference (North)[edit]

Southwest Conference (South)[edit]

Heartland Conference[edit]

Valley Conference[edit]

Great Lakes Conference[edit]

New England Conference[edit]

Mid-Atlantic Conference[edit]

Metropolitan Conference[edit]

Colonial Conference[edit]

Carolinas Conference[edit]

Southeast Conference[edit]

Sunshine Conference[edit]

WPSL – League Champions (1998–current)[edit]

Season Champion Coach Runner-Up
1998 Silicon Valley Red Devils
1999 California Storm
2000 San Diego WFC SeaLions
2001 Ajax America Women
2002 California Storm
2003 Utah Spiders
2004 California Storm New England Mutiny
2005 F.C. Indiana PolandShek Borkowski California Storm
2006 Long Island Fury England Paul Riley River Cities FC
2007 F.C. Indiana PolandShek Borkowski New England Mutiny
2008 Ajax America Women United States Brian Boswell Arizona Rush
2009 Long Island Fury England Paul Riley Ajax America Women
2010 Boston Aztec United States Mike Kersker Ajax America Women
2011 Orange County Waves Chicago Red Stars
2012 Gulf Coast Texans Aztec MA
2013 San Diego WFC SeaLions Jen Lalor-Nielsen Houston Aces
2014 Beach Futbol Club Houston Aces
2015 Chicago Red Stars Reserves United States Chris King SoCal FC
2016 Boston Breakers Reserves San Diego WFC SeaLions
2017 Fire & Ice SC Gulf Coast Texans

Former Teams[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "WPSL Elite League launches for 2012 with Flash, Breakers, Red Stars, FC Indiana". EqualizerSoccer.com. 2012-02-09. Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  2. ^ "THE WOMEN'S PREMIER SOCCER LEAGUE (WPSL) ANNOUNCED NEW U-20 LEAGUE". wpsl.info. 2012-03-14. Retrieved 2012-03-24. 

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