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SIOUX FALLS, SD (KELO) – Women’s Premier League Soccer (WPSL) is coming to Sioux Falls with a new expansion team for the 2022 season, currently named Sioux Falls City FC.

The news that Sioux Falls would host a team was announced Thursday by the league.

“We are proud to announce that Sioux Falls City FC has joined the league for the 2022 season as the #WPSL expands to South Dakota,” the league wrote in posts on Facebook and Twitter.

Team co-owner Melissa Nelson was also quoted in the Facebook post, saying, “We are thrilled to bring an elite level of women’s soccer to Sioux Falls and look forward to fulfilling our mission of empowering women.” women through football.

KELOLAND News spoke to Nelson in a Friday afternoon phone call to get more details about the team.

Nelson says the goal of starting a WPSL team in Sioux Falls is to bring a higher level of football to the area, noting that an abundance of women’s teams is something the area lacks.

The mission of the project, says Nelson, is to empower women through football. She and husband Gabe first considered the idea last summer, she said, and approached co-owners Emily and Eric Thomas about joining in fall 2021.

Nelson says the two couples share a passion for football and met through their daughters, who play football in the NCAA Division I and II programs.

While many details so far remain undisclosed, such as a logo, team colors and venue, Nelson says the name, Sioux Falls City FC, will stick. Nelson says it’s important for the team to have a strong connection to Sioux Falls, emphasizing the desire to have a strong involvement with the community. “We want to give back,” she said.

While a venue hasn’t been settled, Nelson says contracts are being discussed and they expect to have a team on the pitch by the start of the 2022 season, which is s extends from May to July.

By then, the team will have to finalize its decision on the coaching staff, a process that Nelson says is well underway.

For updates on Sioux Falls City FC’s progress, Nelson says follow their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts, where announcements will be made as the team progresses.

The WPSL is the oldest active women’s soccer league with more than 125 clubs coast to coast in 35 states. Athletes who have performed in WPSL include Alex Morgan, Abby Wambach, Megan Rapinoe, Julie Foudy and Brandi Chastain.