WPSL’s 2020 Conference Alignment Features Record 131 Clubs
Past Two UWS Champions Join WPSL
The Women’s Premier Soccer League, the largest women’s soccer league in the world, will feature 131 clubs, including 27 expansion clubs, for the upcoming 2020 women’s soccer season.
The clubs, representing 35 states and one Canadian province, represent three years of stable growth as the league continues to expand its mission in providing more developmental opportunities for women in soccer.
3 Years of Steady Growth Providing More Opportunities for Women in Soccer
Four women’s clubs will compete in the WPSL from the United Women’s Soccer, including the past two UWS champions – the Houston Aces (2018) and LA Galaxy OC (2019) – as well as El Paso Surf and Colorado Pride (Colorado Springs). The Aces, which played in the WPSL from 2012-15, are a two-time WPSL finalist.
LA Galaxy OC, which is looking to rebrand with a new name and logo in the coming months, took the honors of 2019 UWS title Champions after defeating Calgary Foothills WFC in the Final.
“We are excited to announce the 2020 conference alignment,” WPSL President Sean Jones said. “We have added strong clubs to the league, which demonstrates the league’s commitment to provide young women an opportunity to play at a very high level and pursue their goals in soccer.”
The expansion class, with 25 new clubs plus the two returning clubs, features household names in American soccer. Clubs with established men’s sides, including the Tampa Bay Rowdies (USL Championship), FC Davis (NPSL) and Florida Elite Soccer Academy (USL 2), are among the group of new WPSL clubs.
In addition, North Jersey Alliance FC has also joined the WPSL as a 2020 expansion club. The WPSL also welcomes the first expansion team ever from Idaho.
WPSL Changes for 2020
Two conferences have split into divisions beginning in 2020.
The Mountain Conference has split into the Rockies and Wasatch Divisions in part to the Pride, Colorado Rush, Broomfield Burn, and Boise Cutthroats FC joining as expansion clubs. The Coastal Conference, consisting of Los Angeles area clubs, features two six-team divisions.
The entire 2020 WPSL alignment can be seen on the league’s standings page.