Women's Soccer News: CHICAGO SET TO HOST 2011 WPSL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
The Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex will be the place for the top four teams in the WPSL
Those post-season bound member teams in the Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) can now set their sights on the destination where they will compete for the WPSL title. The Chicago Red Stars are set to host the 2011 WPSL National Championship on Saturday-Sunday, July 30-31 at the Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex in west suburban Lisle, IL.
Game times for the National Semifinals are tentatively scheduled for 1:30 & 3:30 PM (CST) on Saturday, July 30th. The two Semifinal winners will compete in the National Final on Sunday at 1:00 PM (CST). Further details on the 2011 WPSL National Championship will be provided in the coming days.
Even though the host team of the 2011 WPSL National Championship does not automatically qualify for the tournament, Red Stars part-owner & General Manager Arnim Whisler is confident his organization will be gracious hosts - no matter how they fare in this weekend's Midwest Conference playoffs.
"We are thrilled to be able to host the WPSL Championship in Chicago," said Whisler. "We've had a couple good years of practice staging big games for the Red Stars and wanted to make sure the WPSL teams and players had a nice Championship experience. It was a tough call to commit to hosting when we couldn't yet be certain our Red Stars will be in the semifinals, but we are certainly hopeful and confident we'll be playing that weekend."
The National Championship is the showcase event of the WPSL season, and League Commissioner Jerry Zanelli is thrilled to have Chicago as the host team of this year's championship.
"It's been great working with Arnim and the Red Stars this year and hosting our national championship is a class move on their part," said Zanelli. "With the quality of their organization, we know they'll do a fantastic job as hosts for the four teams who will compete for our championship."
Stay tuned for a full WPSL post-season update which will include information on the East and Midwest Conference playoffs that commence this weekend. Check our official website at http://www.wpsl.info for all the information on the 2011 WPSL Playoffs & National Championship hosted by the Chicago Red Stars.
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The Chicago Red Stars
are playing in their first season in the Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) after spending the 2009 and 2010 seasons in Women's Professional Soccer (WPS). The Red Stars play their public home games at the Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex in west suburban Lisle, Ill. Tickets are $10 for general admission seating.
The Women's Premier Soccer League WPSL is a 60-plus team national league for the Summer 2011 season and is the largest women's soccer league in the world. The league is sanctioned by the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA) as an affiliate of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF). The WPSL's mission is to provide the highest level of soccer in our effort to: bring affordable & quality family entertainment to the community; display positive role models for our youth; while, being a stepping stone for aspiring professional & international-level players.