Western Indoor Soccer League (WISL) will kick off this fall in Northwest

Arlington Aviators in action. The club is a founding member of the new Western Indoor Soccer League (WISL). (Wilson Tsoi)

TACOMA, WA — (League Release) The Western Indoor Soccer League (WISL) has been formed by a group of experienced indoor soccer club owners and arena operators and will begin play in November of 2014 throughout the Northwest. The WISL will feature elite adult men in an entertaining, competitive amateur competition.

“We are launching a new indoor league as a labor of our love for the sport of indoor soccer and as a way to further opportunities for players, arena operators and fans,” says John Crouch, who led a conference call in which the first founding clubs listened to the league’s platform and then committed to join. “Our group of owners has experience operating indoor sides and arenas. We will call upon that history as we move forward in a league we can truly call our own.”

Founding clubs are on board from Tacoma, Bellingham, Arlington, and Everett. The league is currently in discussions with a handful of other groups in various cities, and is also taking online applications from interested club owners. The link to the online club application can be found at the league’s temporary website at the permanent address www.WISLnews.com.

Fans and players can join the development of the league and chart its progress online at www.Twitter.com/WISLnews. Any questions from owners, players or fans can be sent to WISLnews@gmail.com.

The WISL (it can be pronounced “whistle”) movement gained steam after the outdoor Evergreen Premier League made its debut this spring and summer as another outlet for owners and talented players. Several of the people and clubs involved in the successful launch of that grass-roots league are also involved with the creation of the WISL.

The league is committed to sustainability and using local indoor arenas as venues. “We want to build a community of indoor soccer hotbeds where players can compete and fans can support their local clubs from the stands during our sometimes long Northwest winters,” says Crouch. “It’s vital for us to make our league good business sense for owners of clubs and owners of arenas.”

In the coming weeks and months the Western Indoor Soccer League will be taking club applications, debuting a league logo, networking with referee associations to establish meaningful training sessions and open lines of communications, announcing a final line-up of clubs, and revealing a schedule for the season.

Founding the WISL are the currently-operating indoor clubs South Sound Shock (Tacoma) , WSA Rapids (Bellingham), and Arlington Aviators. Everett (not named yet) will be a new local franchise. Further clubs will be added in the coming weeks.

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