The STATE of Soccer in WASHINGTON
WASHINGTON, USA — (league release) The Evergreen Premier League (EPLWA) has released its inaugural season schedule of matches as clubs, players and supporters around the state of Washington continue to prepare for the launch of the new elite men’s soccer league.
The EPLWA 2014 Inaugural Season Schedule can be viewed by going to EPLWA.com and clicking on “Schedule” at the top menu. The schedule is subject to change. More venue, kick off time and ticket information will be added as clubs release it.
The historic first match will take place in Yakima on Saturday April 26 when Seattle Stars FC travel to hops country to face Yakima United FC. The match not only kicks off the new league but marks the return of both rivals to statewide competition. The Stars beat Yakima United in the 2011 ANSL Washington Final.
Opening weekend continues on Sunday April 27th as WestSound FC and Bellingham United FC host their home openers. WestSound will playSouth Sound FC in a battle of the nearest EPLWA sides. Bellingham United will host Vancouver Victory FC.
The first league match for the Spokane Shadow comes in Spokane on Saturday May 3 when the Shadow host Bellingham. The last EPLWA side to see action will be Wenatchee United FC. The Apple Capital club will kick off on Sunday May 4 in Wenatchee, also against Bellingham.
The schedule features 56 matches over roughly 12 weeks of play. 29 of the 56 matches take place on a Sunday.The Evergreen Premier League champion will be crowned based on who finishes on top of the table with the most standings points awarded using FIFA rules of 3 points for a win and 1 point for a tie.
EPLWA clubs will have their own local detailed announcements in regards to their particular schedules.
“The idea of the EPLWA reminds us very much of what we see in England today. Everyone has their favorite big club (Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool), but they all have local clubs that they support and go to see and have talent from the local community that play for them and compete against other communities. The EPLWA will give communities a club to rally around and it will ultimately grow a stronger culture of soccer.” —Shawn Norris, West Coast Goalkeeping
Our State. Our Clubs. Our Culture. Our Schedule.
It was July of 2013 that momentum grew for a statewide adult men’s elite soccer league in Washington. By September the league was named and had filled spots for eight clubs. In January 2014 the first Annual General Meeting produced the bones of the 2014 schedule. Since then clubs have been working with League Coordinator Robin Gordon to set dates for matches. Some tinkering may yet be done, but the basic blueprint for the season is established.
About the EPLWA
The Evergreen Premier League is an elite adult men’s soccer league for college and post-college age players to feature their skills on hometown clubs throughout the state of Washington. The league’s mission is to cultivate “football club” culture while providing opportunities for coaches, owners, supporters, players and towns to enjoy the sport and all of the community-building it can bring. The EPLWA is affiliated with the Washington State Adult Soccer Association, the United States Adult Soccer Association, US Soccer and FIFA. Players maintain amateur status.
The EPLWA (pronounced E-P-L ‘wah’) will kick off in May 2014 with its debut season in these Washington cities: Bellingham United FC (Bellingham), South Sound FC (Tacoma), Wenatchee United FC (Wenatchee), Seattle Stars FC (Tukwila), WestSound FC (Silverdale), Spokane Shadow (Spokane), Vancouver Victory FC (Vancouver, WA) and Yakima United FC (Yakima).
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