CFC Women Announce They Will Rejoin WPSL
(chattanoogafc.com) Chattanooga Football Club announced its Women’s team will rejoin the Women’s Premier Soccer League for the 2022 season. With the announcement, Chattanooga FC returns to the women’s game after a three-year hiatus that included two pandemic years.
“Chattanooga Football Club is excited to be rejoining the WPSL,” Paul Rustand, Chattanooga Football Club board chair, said. “It [WPSL] is a well-established league with great tradition in the Southeast – and one in which our club already has history. The reputation of well- established and outstanding clubs within the WPSL was also a strong factor in our decision to join the league for the launch of our new era of women’s soccer”
Chattanooga Football Club was founded in 2009 and established the CFC Women in 2013 to begin play 2014. In its most recent season of 2018, CFC Women went undefeated in the regular season to become the WPSL’s Southeast Conference Champions.
“What a great day for the WPSL,” said Sean Jones, WPSL President. “CFC is top to bottom one of the greatest grassroots, community supported club in North American and we are thrilled to bring the women’s side of the club back. Without a doubt, CFC’s women’s team will rise to the top in the WPSL and I am sure they will be a model club both on and off the field.”
The legacy of the team’s first five years continue on and off the field with formers players like Caitlin Hayes, who now plays professionally for Celtic FC in Scotland’s top professional league, and Katelyn Newsome, who now serves as director of operations for the CFC Foundation after playing in each of CFC Women’s five seasons.
The club has made a lasting impression on the Chattanooga soccer scene through its mission of using soccer as a tool to build strong relationships – across age, race, creed and socio-economic status – for the greater good of Chattanooga. Since its inception, CFC has made strides both on and off the field through the launch of its Academy in 2012 and its Foundation in 2015.
The CFC Foundation continues to be a positive force within the Chattanooga area and soccer l