UWS unveils newly-formed Central Conference
METUCHEN, NJ - United Women’s Soccer (UWS) is excited to announce the formation of the Central Conference with teams from Kansas, Nebraska, and Missouri. The founding members of the conference are Gretna Elite Academy (Omaha, NE), KC Courage (Overland Park, KS), St. Louis Scott Gallagher (St. Louis, MO), and Springfield Demize (Springfield, MO). Additional teams to the Central Conference will be announced in the coming weeks.
St. Louis Scott Gallagher (SLSG) will have their inaugural women’s team compete in the newly-formed UWS conference in 2021. The women’s team will showcase the culmination of a large, vertically-integrated youth system that encompasses parts of both Missouri and Illinois. The SLSG family includes two Elite Clubs National League programs, as well as two Elite Clubs National League - Regional League Programs for girls. These programs are designed as a professional pathway spanning the U13-U19 age groups. The addition of a women’s team fills out the ideals of the club, continuing its ability to tout a full youth to professional platform for all players.
"SLSG is honored to be included in United Women's Soccer,” stated Steve Pecher, SLSG Director and Vice President. “From the first moment the league approached us we felt that the opportunity would contribute to our mission as an organization, and it's been exciting to think about being involved in the women's game at this level. The club feels that the UWS' competitive format combined with the professionalism of the league and its front office executives, makes the UWS a great fit for our club and our college aged players. SLSG is looking forward to the season ahead and providing a platform for aspiring women to play at the highest levels in this country. Huge thank you to Stephanie Cleaves and Joe Ferrara, as they've been exceptional to work with and instrumental in helping SLSG take advantage of this opportunity for our members.”
“We are ecstatic to unveil a new conference in UWS,'' said Joseph Ferrara, Jr., League Commissioner. “The initial group of accepted teams are a combination of well-established women's teams alongside highly regarded organizations on a national level. What was most rewarding was the aligning of similar philosophies between team and league. We are extremely sensitive to the current climate and the challenges that teams are facing. To work hand in hand with a group of people to help them and promote the sport of women's soccer is fulfilling to all of us. The heartland area has been a tremendous hotbed for soccer and we look forward to more teams joining.”
United Women’s Soccer (UWS) is a national 2nd tier league with regional conferences in the United States and Canada. The league prides itself on providing high level competition for top current/post collegiate players, aspiring/former professionals & international stars.
The season takes place from May through July, culminating in a national championship. UWS focuses on operating with professional standards, and is comprised of like-minded clubs aiming to invest in the women’s game.
In 2020, United Women’s Soccer introduced UWS League 2.