Published Jan 26, 2023


SAN FRANCISCO (Jan. 26, 2023) – The Women’s Premier Soccer League welcomes the San Francisco Elite Soccer Club to its 2023 Roster of Teams. With the announcement, the club becomes the league’s 16th expansion side for the 2023 season as it sees more development on the West Coast.

“Our acceptance into the WPSL is a win for the city of San Francisco and the women's game growing in our backyard,” Joe Dugan, San Francisco Elite president and executive director, said. “For SF Elite to be able to feature a complete pathway from the youth level to the pre-professional ranks, it underlines our commitment to providing an opportunity for all.”

San Francisco Elite launched in 2014 as San Francisco Elite Academy and quickly established itself in Northern California. The club’s elite pyramid of programming for both boys and girls ranging from four years old to 19, dubbed the “SF Elite Way,” has set the standard for player development through a guiding set of principles that drives accountability, technical excellence, and player success both on and off the field.

After claiming multiple Surf Cup Championships, a U.S. Club Soccer Western Regional Championship in 2019, and status as a perennial Top-10 girls club in NorCal Premier Soccer, San Francisco Elite’s success was rewarded by becoming a member club of the Girls Academy League in 2020.

Looking ahead to its inaugural WPSL season, the club is focused on providing an environment that embraces competition at the highest levels while fostering the personal growth of its athletes regardless of which stage they are in with their playing careers.

“Launching WPSL programming is an integral step in our mission-driven purpose of providing athletes with the ability to further their development throughout their playing careers,” Dugan said.


More information about San Francisco Elite Soccer Club can be found on its official website and its social media platforms – Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For additional information on the WPSL, visit


About the Women’s Premier Soccer League
In its 25th 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