Published Nov 15, 2022

SAN DIEGO (Nov. 15, 2022) – The Women’s Premier Soccer League confirmed today that San Diego Surf will officially join the league for the 2023 season. With the announcement, San Diego Surf becomes the WPSL’s fifth member in the 2023 expansion class while expanding its Southern Cali. footprint.

“We are very excited to be part of the WPSL program,” Andres Deza, San Diego Surf manager, said. “We hope this decision is a lasting one and that we can put together a product that provides high value to all of our stakeholders.”

Established in 1977, San Diego Surf is the oldest competitive youth soccer club in San Diego and remains committed to its original competitive vision and organizational focus four decades later. The club fields girls and boys ECNL (Elite Clubs National League) programs that have collected 12 National Championships and produced 29 Regional Champions with over 74 State Champions.

Additionally, hundreds of Surf players have earned collegiate scholarships, been named to national team rosters, and even advanced to the professional level. Most recently, Surf defenders Ella Emri and Jordyn Bugg were named to the U.S. U17 Women’s National Team roster for the 2022 FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup in India last month.

The club sees the WPSL platform as a vehicle that will enhance its mission in providing the San Diego Surf membership with a top-level adult team that showcases its game model as well as offering a training environment for Surf alumnae during breaks away from their respected collegiate programs.  Deza also expects the WPSL to impact its girls ECNL program by allowing it to “continue to thrive and benefit from the opportunities provided” as a member of the league.


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About the Women’s Premier Soccer League
In its 24th season, the WPSL is the longest active women’s soccer league, with more than 125 clubs from coast to coast in 35 states – making it the world’s largest women’s soccer league. WPSL rosters feature elite collegiate, post-collegiate, international, and standout prep student-athletes. Many of the United States’ most accomplished women’s players have played in the WPSL, including household names such as Alex Morgan, Abby Wambach, Megan Rapinoe, Julie Foudy, and Brandi Chastain.