Minnesota Thunder Academy joined the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) for the 2020 season. That season was canceled due to Covid-19, so the Summer of 2021 was the first season we competed in the WPSL – – and ended the season as the Northern Conference Champions!
In its 24th season since the league was started in 1998, the WPSL is the longest active women’s soccer league with more than 140 clubs from coast to coast in 35 states – making it the largest women’s soccer league in the world.
The Women’s Premier Soccer League is a national, semi-professional league in the United States and Canada. It is on the second level of women’s soccer in the U.S. soccer pyramid, below the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) and roughly equal with the USL W League and United Women’s Soccer (UWS).
70% of players in the WPSL are Collegiate players. For many players, WPSL play serves to develop their game in the offseason before returning to their collegiate teams. For those in the post-grad stage of their careers, the league provides the same opportunity to up their skills while they seek out professional contracts. Some of the greatest soccer players in the world have played in the WPSL, including Alex Morgan, Brandi Chastain, Abby Wambach, Megan Rapinoe, and Julie Foudy, and it has become a launching pad for many of the globe’s female soccer stars. Over 53% percent of players selected in the last four National Women’s Soccer League Drafts paved their way via the WPSL.