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Women's Premier Soccer League

Women's Premier Soccer League
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Country United States
Canada
Mexico
Confederation CONCACAF
Founded 1997
Divisions 12
Number of teams 82
Level on pyramid 2
Promotion to None
Relegation to None
Current champions Beach Futbol Club
(2014)
Most championships California Storm
(3 titles)
Website Official site in English
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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, alongside the W-League and below National Women's Soccer League (NWSL).

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 unique 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.

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. 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.

2015 Teams

Pacific Conference

North Division

South Division

Southwest Conference

Northwest Conference

Sunshine Conference

Southeast Conference

Midwest Conference

Northeast Conference

Mid-Atlantic Conference

CanAm Conference

Power 5 Conference

South Atlantic Conference

WPSL - League Champions (1998-current)

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 23x15pxShek Borkowski California Storm
2006 Long Island Fury 23x15px Paul Riley River Cities FC
2007 F.C. Indiana 23x15pxShek Borkowski New England Mutiny
2008 Ajax America Women 23x15px Brian Boswell Arizona Rush
2009 Long Island Fury 23x15px Paul Riley Ajax America Women
2010 Boston Aztec 23x15px 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

Former Teams

See also

References

  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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