A second Long Island team will be hitting the pitch this spring as part of the Women’s Premier Soccer League.
The West Hempstead-based Soccer House Academy FC will join five other teams in the East Region’s Metropolitan Conference. Also in the conference are SUSA FC, New York Athletic Club, Rhode Island Rogues, NJ Wizards SC Cedar Stars and North Jersey Alliance FC.
“We are thrilled to join the WPSL and bring a new professional pathway to young ladies and girls in our community,” said Juan Molina, Soccer House’s sporting director and general manager. “Having a women’s team competing at this level will be tremendous for all ladies looking for something more before, during, and after college.”
The club will play its home matches at Darcy Stadium in Rockville Centre.
Soccer House Academy will be one of 131 clubs, including 27 expansion teams, that represent 35 states and one Canadian province and will take part in the upcoming WPSL season.
The expansion class, with 25 new clubs and two returning clubs, features household names within United States 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.
Four women’s clubs moved to the WPSL from 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).
“We are excited to announce the 2020 conference alignment,” said Sean Jones, WPSL President. “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.”