WUTC's Michael Edward Miller speaks with Gretchen Hammel, who plays for the new Chattanooga Football Club women's team, and Kate Roebuck, a team board member/spokesperson.
From a media release:
Chattanooga get ready, you are now home to a new premier level women’s soccer team! Chattanooga FC is proud to announce the upcoming season for the Chattanooga FC Women’s team, set to kickoff at home on Sunday May 18 at Finley Stadium.
The squad of 30 young women has been set, featuring a mix of local and international players. Youth, talent and experience define the team, with players in high school and college, along with college graduates. Coached by Chattanooga's Patrick Winecoff, training for the season is now in full swing.
As part of the Women’s Premier League Soccer (WPSL), the team will have a 10-game season against 5 other teams in the Southeast region — Alabama F.C., Georgia Revolution, Knoxville Lady Force, FC Academy Nashville and Mississippi Fuego FC. The Southeast Conference Tournament from July 11-13 marks the end of the regular season, and will determine a conference champion. The conference champion will then continue to the League Championship tournament.
Be sure to come support the Chattanooga FC Women, as they begin their first season in the WPSL! It is sure to be exciting, and great news for the city and soccer community as a whole. Keep an eye out for more team news and updates, and come see the team in action this Saturday, April 19th, in a scrimmage versus Carson Newman College, 3 pm at Finley.
CHATTANOOGA FC WOMEN 2014 SCHEDULE
May 18 · Home vs Mississippi Fuego FC · 1:00 pm
May 24 · Home vs FC Academy Nashville · 6:30 pm
May 31 · Away at Knoxville Lady Force · 5:00 pm
June 6 · Away at Alabama F.C · 7:30 pm CST
June 7 · Home vs Georgia Revolution · 7:30 pm
June 13 · Home vs Alabama F.C · 7:30 pm
June 15 · Away at Georgia Revolution · 3:00 pm
June 21 · Home vs Knoxville Lady Force · 5:00 pm
June 28 · Away at Mississippi Fuego FC · 7:00 pm CST
July 5 · Away at FC Academy Nashville · 6:00 pm CST
*WPSL Southeast Conf Playoffs July 11-13 TBD*
ABOUT CHATTANOOGA FC
Worldwide, soccer builds community, shapes culture, develops talent and unites diverse peoples. Chattanooga Football Club is helping the same happen right here in Chattanooga, creating true opportunity for all players and great entertainment for all fans. Chattanooga FC is a men's team member of the National Premier Soccer League, Southeast Region and a women's team member of the Women’s Premier League Soccer (WPSL) Southeast Conference. The NPSL and the WPSL are sanctioned by the USASA as an affiliate of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), and FIFA, the world’s governing body for soccer.
ABOUT THE WPSL
Formed in 1998, the WPSL has over 70 teams participating in 15 conferences from around the country. The WPSL is sanctioned by the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA), an affiliate of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), and strives to provide a playing opportunity for elite women soccer players to play, develop and impact their communities through soccer. It has been a step in the careers of many former and current US Women’s National Team players, such as Brandi Chastain, Kristine Lilly, Abby Wambach and Alex Morgan.