YAKIMA, WA— The Northwest Premier League (NWPL) welcomes Yakima United FC as the 6th club officially announced into the new statewide women’s soccer league which kicks off in May 2016.
“As a club we are constantly looking for ways to grow the game in our valley and further playing opportunities at the elite adult level,” says YUFC General Manager Josh Vega. “We’re incredibly excited to be a part of the NWPL and being the first women’s premier team in Yakima. The women’s game is in a state of continuous growth across the nation and to bring a high level of women’s competitive soccer to the area is an opportunity we couldn’t shy away from.”
Last summer the Yakima Women’s Soccer Association (YWSA) was born in part with the help Vega. Now Vega and the Hoppers, who play in the men’s Evergreen Premier League, are springboarding from that debut to another one for women’s soccer in the Yakima Valley.
“I think founding and running the YWSA probably boosted our belief that we could make something like a Yakima United Women’s team work,” says Vega. Now the upcoming debut of the YUFC Women could have a big effect on the YWSA. “Time will tell, but I would also expect the Yakima United Women’s team to boost local participation in the YWSA,” says Vega.
Vega believes south central Washington is ready for the challege of statewide play. “I think the available talent within our valley is very good but even more importantly we’re bringing something to the community that we’ve never had before, both from an entertainment standpoint but also in terms of playing opportunities for the women of Yakima and our surrounding areas.”
The NWPL is an elite, amateur, highly competitive women’s soccer league for players, coaches, families and fans around the state of Washington to come together through the sport of soccer. Players and coaches can enhance their skills in the NWPL during the summer break from college. Families and fans can cheer their local stars.