The Western Washington Premier League (WWPL) has added 4 new clubs so far for the 2019 season. With the loss of 1 that puts the regional men’s premier circuit at 10 members right now. The growth spurt means the league will surely see some schedule changes for the upcoming season, tentatively set to kick off in the last weekend of April.
Twin City Union FC are not returning but the WWPL has added Snohomish County FC, Tacoma Narrows FC, Puget Sound Football Club and Crossfire. The four new sides join with holdovers Federal Way FC, Grays Harbor Gulls (Aberdeen), Harbor SC (Gig Harbor), Issaquah Gunners, Kirkland Goats, and Lacey Pocket Gophers.
New around the WWPL (photos)
Lots of options
A 10-team league creates scheduling changes from 2018, when the 7 clubs played home and away over a 12-match season. Now the WWPL will consider how the league lines up in terms of tables and matches going forward. One thought is to find an 11th team and then do a ‘play everyone once’ schedule of 10 matches, hosting five and traveling to the remaining 5. It’s also possible to remain at 10 clubs and play the other 9 in season matches while also holding a knock out cup competition to add matches. Should the league get 2 more clubs and be at 12, the chance arises for divisions and a return to home and away against those foes before a playoff round.
The league is expected to meet soon to solidify plans for 2019. Clubs are already networking with each other and clubs from other leagues in regards to preseason friendlies and possible single-day tournaments.
Clubs in action right now
Tacoma Narrows FC joins the WWPL in 2019 but they are already jumping in to regional competition this winter as they debut in the Western Indoor Soccer League (WISL).
Puget Sound Football Club plays year-round and won another NHSL trophy recently. Other WWPL clubs such as Grays Harbor Gulls and Snohomish County Steelheads have been tracking the progress of their college players as those seasons comes to a close.