Virginia Legacy Soccer Club announced Wednesday it will join the Women’s Premier Soccer League and start play in the Colonial Conference next summer.
The Colonial Conference currently includes Richmond Strikers, Washington Spirit Reserves, Washington Spirit Academy, Virginia Beach City FC, ASA Charge FC and Fredericksburg FC.
"I look forward to providing a top level of soccer for women in our community that hasn’t existed,” Virginia Legacy Executive Director Bobby O’Brien said in a club release. "Now having competition in the WPSL along with the (National Premier Soccer League), it will provide an opportunity in soccer for the youth of this area to be excited about."
WPSL is a national pro-am league formed in 1998 and features more than 100 teams. It is sanctioned by the United States Adult Soccer Association as an affiliate of the United States Soccer Federation.
A place in the WPSL will provide area female players a similar opportunity that Legacy’s senior male team, Legacy 76, currently does. Legacy 76 competes in the NPSL and its roster features a mix of high school, college and older players.