The WPSL has grown soccer communities and is even working with some National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) clubs to provide playing opportunities for their second division and reserve squads.
Jerry Zanelli is the commissioner of the WPSL and the man behind the league who has tirelessly worked to provide opportunities for women to play soccer — but he has not accomplished this alone. Zanelli has a team of dedicated, intelligent people who share his commitment to the women’s game.
Among the many people who work to make this dream a reality is WPSL Associate Commissioner Rich Sparling, who in his own words says, “I do what Jerry needs me to do.”
WPSL Associate Commissioner Sparling is a dedicated advocate of the game and GoalNation’s Diane Scavuzzo interviewed him to discover what inspires this man to help further women’s soccer.
Sparling also serves as President of BuxMont Torch FC, which houses a WPSL and NPSL team based in Upper Bucks-Montgomery-Lehigh Counties, Pennsylvania. Founded in 2009, BuxMont FC is a sport ministry club that utilizes sport as a means to spread the word of God and to disciple and train sports ministers.
Sparling cites his dedication to serving God as his inspiration for growing the game, which has led him and his family to the Dominican Republic and back as they served missionaries along the way.
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