The Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) has confirmed Chesterfield United (Richmond, VA) and RVA FC (Fredericksburg, VA) as expansion teams in the 2015 season.
“Expansion is a continuously-changing process, and it’s never too early to plan for the next season,” said League Commissioner Jerry Zanelli. “I’m pleased to have Chesterfield and RVA on board so far in advance, so they both have ample time to prepare for their inaugural seasons.”
Both clubs fielded teams in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) in 2013, and Chesterfield United also runs a competitive youth organization. “If you love the game, it doesn't matter who is playing it. It was important for The Grover Gibson Soccer Foundation and RVA FC to support the women's side of the game and not just the men's side,” GGSF and RVA FC founder Grover Gibson said in the club’s official release. “There is a huge need for environments to help players transition out of youth soccer into collegiate and pro levels.”
Chesterfield’s Technical Director Matt Lacey agrees, and sees entrance into the WPSL as essential to the growth of the club’s girls program. “Bringing semi-professional women’s soccer to the Richmond area will create so many new inspirations and role models for our girls to follow,” he said. “We are in the process of taking our girls program to the next level, and joining the WPSL indicates how serious we are about moving forward. We are proud to be part of what the WPSL stands for and we are excited to get started for the 2015 season.”
The pair will join the South Atlantic Division: home of ASA Chesapeake Charge and ACF Torino USA, who will co-host the 2014 WPSL National Championship Tournament.
ABOUT CHESTERFIELD UNITED FC: The Chesterfield United Football Club is a result of 28 years of club development and evolution. The club debuted in 1980 as Dale Youth Soccer and in 1995 became Chesterfield Soccer Club. In 2002 Chesterfield Soccer Club merged with James River United to form Chesterfield United Soccer Club. On May 1st of 2008 Chesterfield United Soccer Club made a subtle name change from “Soccer Club” to “Football Club” and is now known as Chesterfield United Football Club, Chesterfield United FC, CUFC or “United FC”. For more information, visit http://www.chesterfieldunited.com/
ABOUT RVA FC: RVA Football Club is a minor league soccer team based in Richmond, Virginia. Established in 2013, the team plays in the (NPSL) National Premier Soccer League, the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid. RVA FC will play in the new South-Atlantic Conference. For more information, visit http://www.rvafootballclub.com/