Idaho, Washington Join Forces For New Northwest League
The newly formed Northwest soccer league (NWL) will kick off its inaugural season this weekend at venues across Northern Idaho and Washington. For the past several years, the teams of the NWL have played various formats under different governing bodies. These clubs have now joined together under one banner.
“The Northwest soccer league is an important step in getting all of the northern teams united with US Youth Soccer and working together to do what is best for the kids of developmental ages,” said Spokane Shadow Director of Coaching Abbas Faridnia. “The league will help limit travel and benefit everyone in this area.”
The members of the NWL include: Coeur d’Alene Sting, Moscow, Valley Youth Soccer Association, Sandpoint Strikers, Idaho Thunder, Lakeland Nighthawks, Quad City Fusion from Idaho and Spokane Shadow, Hermiston, Pullman Soccer Club and 3 Rivers Soccer Club from Washington.
The NWL is a collaborative soccer league which includes soccer clubs from Northern Idaho and Washington. In the NWL inaugural season there will be approximately 450 games from March 29 - May 17, 2014 and currently has 142 teams ranging from U8 - U18. NWL is collaborative league run by their respective clubs and is sanctioned by Idaho Youth Soccer. There is zero cost to play the first year.
“We are happy to be a part of an environment that allows the club to run their own league, so that those clubs can impact the growth and the development of youth soccer in a way that best fits their geographic area ” Idaho Youth Soccer Executive Director Craig Warner said.