Women's Premier Soccer League

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Women's Premier Soccer League
Women's Premier Soccer League (logo).png
Founded 1997
Country United States
Other club(s) from Canada
Confederation CONCACAF
Divisions 17
Number of teams 112
Current champions Fire & Ice SC
(2017)
Most championships California Storm
(3 titles)
Website wpslsoccer.com

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 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).

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

The WPSL is the first women's soccer league to spawn a men's soccer league. The Men's Premier Soccer League (MPSL), later known as 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.

When the Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) suspended play in 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 teams (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.

Clubs[edit]

WPSL East Region
Colonial Division Metropolitan Division Mid-Atlantic Division New England Division
Legacy W76 SC Long Island Fury BuxMont Torch FC Boston Breakers College Academy
Virginia Beach City FC New Jersey Wildcats Empire CNY Boston Breakers Reserves
Washington Spirit Academy New York Athletic Club Hershey SC Boston Breakers U20
Washington Spirit Reserves SUSA Academy Lehigh Valley Tempest FC Stars
Yankee Lady FC Old Dominion Cesena USA FC Stars U23
Penn Fusion SA
Philly Fever
WPSL Central Region
Great Lakes Division Heartland Division Southwest North Division Southwest South Division Valley Division
Cleveland Ambassadors Chicago City FC FC Tulsa Spirit AHFC Royals Cincinnati Sirens
Indy Saints FC Chicago Red Stars Reserves FC Wichita Houston South Select Columbus Eagles
Motor City FC Dakota Fusion FC Fortuna Tulsa Lonestar SC FC Pride
Pittsburgh Steel City FC Des Moines Menace Oklahoma City FC San Antonio Athenians SC Fire & Ice SC
Fire 98 SC Texas Spurs FC Shreveport Lady Rafters
GSI Pride Texas Titans
Kansas City Courage TTi Bluebonnets
Milwaukee Lady Torrent
Minnesota Lady Twinstars FC
WPSL South Region
Carolinas Division Southeast Division Sunshine Division
Asheville City FC Alabama FC DME WFC
Beaufort County FC Baton Rouge BRSC FC Surge
Carolina Lady Dynamo Chattanooga FC Florida Gulf Coast Dutch Lions FC
Carolina Rapids Clinton SC Florida Krush
Charleston Fleet Emerald Force Florida Sol FC
Discoveries FC Little Rock Rangers Orlando Kicks
Lake Norman Eclipse Memphis Lobos Pinellas County United SC
Oak City United Nashville Rhythm FC Tampa Bay United
Pensacola FC Women Team Boca Blast
Ranger Ladies FC Treasure Coast Dynamites
WPSL West Region
Coastal Division Mountain Division Northwest Division Pacific North Division Pacific South Division
Beach Futbol Club Players SC Capital FC Timbers California Storm FC Pacific
FRAM Ajax Reno-Tahoe Liberty FC ISC Gunners FC Fresno Freeze FC FC Tucson Women
LA Premier FC Utah Arrows North Shore Girls' Soccer Club Hotspur Ladies LA Galaxy San Diego
LA Villa FC Utah Red Devils OSA FC MVLA Wolves Phoenix Del Sol
Legends FC Portland Spartans Primero de May San Diego WFC SeaLions
Pateadores Seattle Sounders Women San Francisco Nighthawks San Diego Zest FC
SoCal FC TSS Rovers FC San Ramon FC Strikers FC South Coast
Westside Timbers West Coast Wildkatz Temecula FC

Former teams[edit]

WPSL champions[edit]

Season Champion Runners-up
1998 Silicon Valley Red Devils San Diego Auto Trader
1999 California Storm San Diego Auto Trader
2000 San Diego WFC SeaLions California Storm
2001 Ajax America Women San Diego WFC SeaLions
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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "WPSL Elite League launches for 2012 with Flash, Breakers, Red Stars, FC Indiana". The Equalizer. 9 February 2009. Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  2. ^ "WPSL's new commissioner Sparling takes over". Goal Nation. 24 October 2017. Retrieved 2012-03-24. 

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