The Washington Area Women's Soccer League (WAWSL) offers 11v11 women's outdoor soccer during the spring and fall. The spring season runs from late March through mid-June, skipping Memorial Day weekend. The fall season runs from late August through mid-November, skipping Labor Day weekend. During the spring and fall season, we play almost exclusively on Saturdays. Some years, there is also a smaller 7v7 league during the summer. The summer season games are on weeknights. Our fields are located in DC and nearby suburbs. WAWSL is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is also affiliated with the state and national soccer associations.
About 35-40 teams participate in the league and are divided into several divisions:
Premier Division (inactive as of Spring 2015) - for players of high competitive ability; generally, ex-college players. Many Premier Division teams compete in national tournaments.
First Division - for players of very competitive ability; many have played high school and/or college soccer. Many First Division teams compete in regional tournaments.
Second Division - for competitive, semi-competitive, and recreational players. Some women have years of experience, but a few players are playing soccer for the first time.
Masters 1 - for experienced players age 30 or older. Most women have played soccer for many years, and some are dual-registered in the First or Second divisions.
Classic - a mixed division made up of two types of teams: recreational teams of players age 30 or older and recreational open teams (all ages), comprised of "Third Division"-level teams. Some players have played their whole lives, some are returning to soccer after a long break; many players are new to the sport.