OLYMPIA, WA—The Northwest Premier League (NWPL) today announces that Blackhills Football Club of Olympia, Washington will become the 9th member of the elite adult women’s soccer league and will begin play in 2018.
Blackhills FC applied to join the NWPL in November of 2017 after preliminary discussions with the league. In a recent vote among member clubs Blackhills was approved for the 2018 season.
Blackhills FC Program Director Kyle Jones has been tabbed to run the new women’s program with the guidance of the Blackhills FC Executive Board and Technical Director, James Charette. Blackhills FC currently fields 11 girls teams in the Regional Club League (RCL.)
Now adult women soccer players will have a high level team in the greater Thurston County area to play on after their youth club days, during the summer, perhaps coming home to enhance their skills and increase their playing time outside of their college programs.
“We are excited to give the players in our community an opportunity to continue their soccer experience into their adult years,” Jones says. “We believe that the NWPL will provide us with an opportunity to model the game for our youth players, bring a community soccer event to Thurston County and give collegiate players a competitive environment to develop in the off-season.”
The NWPL season runs from May through July. Blackhills FC will be making preparations in regards to home field, coaching staff, open tryouts and more in the coming months.
Jones is ready to start building the new Blackhills team, and building the excitement for the first season in the Northwest Premier League. “We are looking forward to the chance of working with the players who come out for the first NWPL season and watching the program start to grow,” he says. “We are hopeful with club, players and community all coming together we will build a solid foundation for many years to come in the NWPL.”
The NWPL is an elite adult amateur women’s soccer competition that is affiliated with the Washington State Adult Soccer Association (WSASA), connecting the league to US Soccer and FIFA. Players in the NWPL maintain amateur status and college eligibility. The NWPL was founded in 2016 and will enter its third season of play in 2018. The league’s current clubs are: North Central Washington Alliance (Wenatchee), Olympic Force (Bremerton), Seattle Stars, Spokane Shadow, Twin City Union (Centralia / Chehalis), Washington Premier South Sound (Puyallup), Washington Timbers (Vancouver, WA), Yakima United and Blackhills FC (Olympia.) A tenth club will be announced soon.
About Blackhills Football Club
Blackhills FC is the premier soccer club of the Thurston County Youth Soccer Association, the local association of soccer clubs which includes the Chinqually Booters, Olympia United, Tumwater Soccer Club, Prairie Soccer Club, Rochester Youth Soccer Club, and Tenino Youth Soccer Clubs. While most of BFC players feed in from the above clubs, they also have players traveling from Lewis, Grays Harbor, Mason and Pierce Counties.