WSA Winnipeg joining WPSL in 2021

WSA Winnipeg joining WPSL in 2021

As one of the premier youth development clubs in Manitoba, World Soccer Academy Winnipeg is thrilled to open this new pathway for our girls program, as well as to provide this platform to the women in our area looking to play at the highest level. With entering the WPSL, WSA Winnipeg are focused on building a platform to develop female athletes in the Winnipeg area with the mission to provide them ample opportunity to excel further in their careers.

WSA Winnipeg is pleased to announce that our women’s program will become a member of the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) in 2021.
“We are excited to join such a competitive and prestigious league and happy to have finalized the details,” said WSA Winnipeg president Eduardo Badescu.

The WPSL is a national semi-professional women’s soccer league that strives to provide the highest level of developmental opportunities for amateur players. Rosters feature collegiate, post-collegiate, international, standout prep and National Team athletes. In 2019, the World Soccer Academy began the process of joining the WPSL with the focus of building a platform to develop women’s soccer players in the Winnipeg area and provide them with opportunities to excel further in their careers. “Winnipeg is full of talented women’s players competing at the highest levels of the sport and we are excited to test ourselves against some of the best amateur competition in North America.” WSA’s women’s team were set to travel to the United States this past spring for a series of exhibition games with WPSL competition, but the trip was cancelled due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. “When it is safe to do so, we can’t wait to provide a new level of women’s soccer in Winnipeg.” Formed in 2009, the World Soccer Academy women’s team (North Stars) won four provincial titles in their first seven years, representing the province at the National Championships in 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2016 under coach William Rosales.

In Winnipeg Women’s Soccer League action, the North Stars are undefeated in regular-season play dating back to the start of the 2017 season, winning all 15 matches in 2019 and capturing another league title in the shortened 2020 season.

Authorization to participate in a cross-border league sanctioned by another Federation – WPSL

Your application for cross-border sanctioning for the 2021 season was brought before a meeting of FIFA stakeholder representatives on 2 December 2020, as well as the FIFA Council on 4 December 2020. It has been confirmed that the terms of article 73 of the FIFA Statutes have been fulfilled. We are therefore pleased to inform you that you are hereby authorized to take part in the WPSL organized on the territory of the US Soccer Federation.

Best of luck in the upcoming season.

Peter Montopoli
General Secretary

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