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  • Welcome to the new WAWSL powered by District Sports

    Welcome to the new WAWSL powered by District Sports

Mission & History


The mission of the Washington Area Women's Soccer League (WAWSL) is to encourage life-long soccer involvement at all skill levels by supporting fair and competitive soccer, promoting women's health and fitness, actively developing and nurturing new players, and fostering involvement in the broader DC soccer community.

WAWSL offers 11v11 women's outdoor soccer during the spring and fall. Founded in the early 1980's, the league has long affiliated itself with Metropolitan DC- Virginia Soccer Association (MDCVSA) having previously sent teams to the US Adult Soccer national championship tournament. At it's height, WAWSL leagues has featured up to 40 teams competing across various divisions. 

Starting in the fall of 2018, WAWSL has partnered with District Sports Premier - also a MDCVSA affiliate - to administer the league. Together, they look forward to growing opportunities for women and girls to play soccer in the Metropolitan DC area. 

WAWSL welcomes cisgender women and trans, genderqueer, and gender non-conforming players. Individuals that identify as cisgender men may not play in WAWSL.  

About 20 teams participate in the league and are divided into several divisions: 

Premier Division - for players of high competitive ability; generally, ex-college players. Many Premier Division teams compete in national tournaments.
Competitive Division - for competitive, semi-competitive, and recreational players. Some women have years of experience, but a few players are playing soccer for the first time.
Classic - a mixed division made up of two types of teams: recreational teams of players age 30 or older and recreational open teams (all ages). Some players have played their whole lives, some are returning to soccer after a long break; many players are new to the sport.  

If you are interested in playing for WAWSL, please visit our How to Join page. You may also want to review our Frequently Asked Questions page.  You can find out more about how WAWSL operates by reading about the volunteer Board of Directors and the Constitution and By-Laws.

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