The United Soccer League has announced Asheville City SC as the latest club to join the USL W League ahead of the inaugural season in 2022.
The club is the second club to join the W League out of the Carolinas, joining Greenville, South Carolina. Founded in 2016 as a team in USL League 2, Asheville City SC has fielded a women’s team since 2018.
“The addition of our second club out of the Carolinas speaks volumes about the growth of women’s pre-professional soccer in the South Atlantic region,” said Betsy Haugh, director of women’s soccer for the USL W League. “Asheville City SC has a long history of success both on the field and within the greater Asheville community. We are excited to be adding a club of this caliber to the ranks of the W League and look forward to all of the great work they will do in bringing awareness to the women’s pre-professional space.”
Asheville City joins teams in Chattanooga, Tennessee; Hartford, Connecticut; Washington, D.C.; Spokane, Washington; Queens, New York; Minnesota; Kansas City, Kansas and Statesboro, Georgia.
“We couldn’t be more excited to join the USL W League at this point in our club’s history,” said Lydia Jackson, Asheville City SC technical director. “We’ve come to know the professionalism with which the USL conducts its leagues through our experience in USL League Two and we’re looking forward to competing against clubs that share our vision and ambition for the women’s game.”