The Rise of the WPSL

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When the WPSL broke away from the W-League to develop their own separate league, no one could have foreseen the incredible level of success the league would witness. With well over 100 teams operating within the league, and expansion franchises joining in on a near daily basis, the WPSL has positioned itself as the one of the most successful women’s soccer leagues in the world.

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In just over two decades of operation, the league has flourished into the largest women’s soccer league on the planet. Now, with teams operating in Canada, Puerto Rico, and the United States, the executives who founded the league with the goal of bringing high-level soccer opportunities to as many young women as possible, can say: mission accomplished.

Developing the Future

Operating as a tier two league within the US women’s soccer pyramid, the WPSL is geared to provide communities with high-level soccer, while preparing young professionals for the higher levels. After the 2019 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) Draft, it is clear to see the WPSL has firmly positioned itself as the world’s top amateur league for professional player development in the women’s game.  

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On the night of the NWSL Draft, 23 WPSL players were drafted. The Washington Spirit alone drafted 5 WPSL players, 4 of which came in the first round. The Spirit’s most notable selections were midfielder Jordan Biasi and defender Tegan McGrady, who spent the last season playing together for WPSL side MLVA Wolves.

Other impressive WPSL draft picks, include Leah Pruitt of La Villa FC, who was selected by the North Carolina Courage with the number 5 overall selection, and FC Dallas forward Julie James who went to Sky Blue FC with the 11th pick in the draft.

Expanding the Game

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With the United States already firmly entrenched as the strongest women’s soccer country in the world, the WPSL continues to work diligently to spread the game to further corners of North America. Within the past three weeks alone, the league has added four new expansion franchises, eager to join the league for the upcoming 2019 season. Those four clubs are the OPSA Magic out of Baltimore, the NJ Wizards SC Cedar Stars based in northern New Jersey, the Spokane Shadow in Spokane, Washington, and the Salsa Women SC coming out of Torrance California.

In those four expansion franchises alone, the WPSL has displayed a desire to bring high level women’s soccer to markets of varying size and soccer interest. With large Universities surrounding all four of the new clubs, it is clear that these teams should operate as a bridge between high level collegiate soccer and the professional field.

Gearing up for 2019

With the 2019 WPSL Season set to begin in May, teams are already beginning preparation for the season. The WPSL regular season is a three-month campaign, followed by a postseason tournament. With over one hundred clubs throughout North America, the defending champion Seattle Sounders Women will have ample competition.

With famous alumnae such as US international standouts Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan, and Brandi Chastain, the league continues to flourish as the top professional development league in the world, for female soccer players. For tickets and information on various clubs in your area, visit the WPSL website. I know we at Legend Soccer Co., are are excited to watch more Legends in the making, during this summer’s WPSL season.  

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Sources:

https://www.wpslsoccer.com/news_article/show/983998