Around the world soccer (football, futbol, calcio, voetbol) uses FIFA and FA (Football Association) designated “divisions” to classify where clubs stand in the hierarchy of the scene. Generally these divisions are of less use in the United States where promotion and relegation up and down the “ladders” is not in practice. Still, we can get a general idea of ‘levels’ by using “First Division, Second Division…etc…terminology to discover and understand Washington state’s numerous clubs. (This wiki is also helpful, though some divisions are estimates as US Soccer has not officially declared all levels.)
goalWA.net has created the graphics below to show how the “STATE” of soccer looks in 2013, so far.
1. Major League Soccer 2. North American Soccer League 3. USL PRO 4. Premier Development League / Pacific Coast Soccer League / National Premier Soccer League
1. National Women’s Soccer League 2. W-League 3. Women’s Premier Soccer League
1. Professional Arena Soccer League / Major Indoor Soccer League 2. Premier Arena Soccer League