BREMERTON, Wash. – The Northwest Premier League is excited to announce that the Western Indoor Soccer League women’s division will become the Northwest Premier League Indoor (NWPLi) and will be operated and governed by the leadership and clubs of the NWPL. The move will bring high level amateur women’s soccer, both outdoor and indoor, under one cohesive banner for the first time. The 2022 NWPLi season will kick off in February.
“The Northwest Premier League and it’s member clubs are pleased to announce that it is taking over ownership of the women’s indoor league formerly known as the Women’s WISL,” said NWPL President and Oly-Pen Force General Manager Micah McMonagle. “We will maintain a working partnership with the WISL moving forward but both entities feel that this is best for the women’s game in the Pacific Northwest.”
The Western Indoor Soccer League women’s division premiered in 2020 to raucous crowds in Olympia (Oly Town Artesians), Bremerton (Oly-Pen Force), Snohomish (Snohomish Skyhawks) and Tacoma (Tacoma Narrows). The league played just two games before it was sadly shutdown because of Covid-19.
The return to play will begin in 2022 with the league transitioning to the NWPL. Currently, four teams are committed to play in the NWPLi including two returning clubs: the Oly Town Artesians and Oly-Pen Force. Snohomish transitioned their club from the Skyhawks to Snohomish County FC. And the league will welcome a new club in Bellingham: the Whatcom Waves (more on the Waves soon). Other teams are still being considered for a short time and interested parties should fill out the NWPL expansion form here.
“Making this move will further enhance the strong presence the outdoor game has in the PNW by adding nearly year round content to women’s soccer both indoor and out,” continued McMonagle. “We couldn’t be more excited to announce that this change will take place immediately for the upcoming indoor season in February.”
The new NWPLi logo is a modified NWPL logo that adds the yellow and blue from the center circle from the WISL logo to the “O” and compass in “Northwest” as a nod to the league’s founding and partnership with the WISL.
Membership in the outdoor and indoor divisions will be separate from each other. No outdoor team will be expected to play in the indoor division and no indoor team will be expected to play or guaranteed a spot in the outdoor division.
The Northwest Premier League debuted in 2016 and currently features nine teams ranging from Seattle, Washington in the north, Yakima, Washington to the east and Salem, Oregon to the south. Plans for the 2022 season are currently underway with the outdoor season slated to kick off in late May/early June. The Vancouver Victory are the reigning champions after capturing the 2021 title.