Women's Premier Soccer League

Last updated
Women's Premier Soccer League
Wpsllogo.png
Founded1997
CountryUnited States
Other club(s) fromCanada
Puerto Rico
Confederation CONCACAF
Divisions20
Number of teams119
Current champions Seattle Sounders Women
(2018)
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). The WPSL is the largest women's soccer league in the world (in terms of number of clubs) .

National Womens Soccer League professional soccer league, highest level of womens soccer in the United States

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United Womens Soccer

United Women's Soccer is a second-division pro-am women's soccer league in the United States. The league was founded in 2015 as a response to the dual problems of disorganization in the WPSL and of the folding of the USL W-League. The league began play in May 2016 with eleven teams in two conferences. The league currently has 23 teams in 4 conferences.

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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 USL W-League was a North American women's soccer developmental organization. The W-League was also an open league, giving college players the opportunity to play alongside established international players while maintaining their collegiate eligibility. The league was administered by the United Soccer Leagues system, which also oversees the men's United Soccer League and Premier Development League. The W-League announced on November 6, 2015 that the league will cease operation ahead of 2016 season.

United States Adult Soccer Association sports organization

The United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA) is a national organization for amateur soccer in the United States. It consists of 55 state organizations as well as national, regional and state leagues.

United States Soccer Federation official governing body of soccer in the United States

The United States Soccer Federation (USSF), commonly referred to as U.S. Soccer, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and the official governing body of the sport of soccer in the United States. With headquarters in Chicago, the FIFA member governs U.S. amateur and professional soccer, including the men's, women's, youth, beach soccer, futsal, and Paralympic national teams. U.S. Soccer sanctions referees and soccer tournaments for most soccer leagues in the United States. The U.S. Soccer Federation also administers and operates the U.S. Open Cup, which was first held in 1914.

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] 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.

Womens Professional Soccer defunct soccer league and highest level of womens soccer in the United States

Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) was the top level professional women's soccer league in the United States. It began play on March 29, 2009. The league was composed of seven teams for its first two seasons and fielded six teams for the 2011 season, with continued plans for future expansion. The WPS was the highest level in the United States soccer pyramid for the women's game.

Clubs

WPSL East Region
Midwest ConferenceMid-Atlantic ConferenceOhio Valley ConferenceMetropolitan Conference
Chicago City SCKeystone DivisionColonial DivisionAAFC LumberjillsNJ Wizards SC Cedar Stars
Chicago Red Stars Reserves Buxmont Torch FCOld Dominion Cesena USACincinnati Sirens FC New York Athletic Club
Milwaukee Lady Torrent Hershey SCPhilly FeverCleveland Ambassadors PSA Wildcats
FC PrideLehigh Valley TempestCAFC OspreysColumbus Eagles FCRhode Island Rogues
Indy Saints FCPenn Fusion SAOPSA Magic Dayton Dutch Lions WFC SUSA FC
Green Bay GloryPittsburgh Steel City FCPhiladelphia Lone Star FCMotor City FC
WPSL Central Region
Northern ConferenceHeartland ConferenceRed River ConferenceMountain Conference
Dakota Fusion FC Elite Girls AcademyNorth DivisionSouth DivisionColorado-Aurora
Fire 98 SC FC Wichita FC Dallas Women AHFC RoyalsFC Boulder
Mankato SCFire & Ice SCFortuna TulsaAlamo City SCIndios Denver FC
Maplebrook FuryKC Courage Oklahoma City FC Lonestar SCUtah Arrows SC
Rochester United FC Lady Demize Southstar FCSan Antonio BlossomsUtah Red Devils
Salvo SC St. Louis Lions Texas Spurs FCTexas Titans Utah Royals FC Reserves
TTi Bluebonnets
WPSL South Region
Carolinas ConferenceSunshine ConferenceSoutheast ConferenceGulf Conference
North DivisionSouth DivisionFC SurgeAlabama FCBaton Rouge United
Carolina Lady Dynamo Asheville City SC Florida Gulf Coast Dutch Lions FC Chattanooga Red Wolves SC Mississippi Blues SC
Carolina RapidsBeaufort County FCFlorida KrushMemphis Lobos Pensacola FC Women
Lake Norman SC EclipseCharleston FleetFlorida Sol FCNashville Rhythm FC Pensacola FC Academy
Oak City United Charlotte Lady Eagles Florida Tropics SC North Alabama SCRanger Ladies FC
Wake FCDiscoveries FCOrlando Kicks FC Peachtree City MOBA
Puerto Rico Pride FC
Team Boca Blast
WPSL West Region
Northwest ConferencePacNorth ConferenceCoastal ConferencePacSouth Conference
Vancouver Island FC California Storm Beach Futbol ClubDesert DivisionSan Diego Division
Eugene Timbers FC AzulMarin FC AllianceFC Golden State Villa Albuquerque Sol FC ASC San Diego
ISC Gunners FCMVLA WolvesLA Premier FC FC Arizona Women LA Galaxy San Diego
OSA FC Players North SCLegends FC FC Tucson Women San Diego Parceiro Ladies
PacNW WomenPleasanton RagePateadores SCPhoenix Del Sol San Diego WFC SeaLions
Seattle Sounders Women Primero de MayoSalsa Women's SCPlayers SCSan Diego Surf
Spokane SC Shadow San Francisco Nighthawks SoCal Union FC
TSS FC Rovers San Ramon FC
Westside Timbers

[2]

Former teams

Maryland State of the United States of America

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ASA Chesapeake Charge

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Ajax America Women

Ajax America Women is an American women’s soccer team, founded in the mid-1970s by Fred Van Soest. Fred Van Soest went to the Netherlands and spoke with the Amsterdam Football Club Ajax and asked if he could use their name and logo for a US women's soccer team and they agreed. Ajax is historically one of the most successful clubs in the world, according to the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS). In 1985, Ajax women's team was the first women's team to play in international companion in Brazil; they took 2nd to West Germany. They are also the winningest team in the history of the USASA National Women's Cup, taking the title five times over a ten-year period, their most recent win being in 2007.

WPSL champions

SeasonChampionRunners-up
1998Silicon Valley Red DevilsSan 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
2017Fire & Ice SC Gulf Coast Texans
2018 Seattle Sounders Women Pensacola FC Women

Staff

Executive Committee

Front Office

Associate Commissioners

[4] [5]

See also

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References

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  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.