Women's Premier League announces 2016 competition schedule

LAFAYETTE, Colo. - The schedule for the 2016 Women's Premier League (WPL) has been finalized, with the two-time defending Champion Glendale Raptors apart of a trio of matches to kick off the season Saturday, Sept. 10.

The same eight sides that have made up the elite competition since the 2014 season remain intact for the 2016 campaign, as the league has not relegated or promoted a team since Oregon Sports Union's promotion following its Division I National Championship in the spring of 2014.

"Entering its eighth season, the Women's Premier League remains the gold standard for competition in the United States," USA Rugby Club Director Erik Geib said. "Not only is the league a home for past, present, and future Eagles, but it's a true showcase of the women's game that the entire rugby community should be embracing. It's vitally important that we all make an effort to show our support at WPL home matches this fall."

The six-game regular season schedule will be played over nine weeks, with Berkeley All Blues, Oregon Rugby Sports Union, Raptors, and San Diego Surfers - each of which have qualified for the Aug. 13-14 USA Rugby Club 7s National Championships - battling out of the Blue Conference, while Atlanta Harlequins, DC Furies, New York Rugby, and Twin Cities Amazons, again, playing out of the Red Conference.

Following the completion of the regular season, the WPL Championships will be held Nov. 11-13 at Life University in Marietta, Ga. All eight teams will play two matches apiece during the Championship weekend. The league's top four squads will factor into a Nov. 11 Semifinal, with the winners meeting for a Championship fixture Nov. 13. Meanwhile, the bottom half of the competition will duke it out over the same dates in an attempt to better position themselves in the final standings, and jumpstart next year's season.

2016 Women's Premier League Schedule

DateConferenceAwayHome
Week 1Sept. 10BLUESan DiegoGlendale
Sept. 10BLUEBerkeleyORSU
Sept. 10REDNew YorkDC Furies
Sept. 10REDAtlantaTwin Cities
Week 2Sept. 17BLUESan DiegoBerkeley
Sept. 18BLUEGlendaleORSU
Sept. 18REDAtlantaNew York
Sept. 18REDDC FuriesTwin Cities
Week 3Sept. 24BLUEGlendaleBerkeley
Sept. 24BLUEORSUSan Diego
Sept. 24REDDC FuriesAtlanta
Sept. 25REDNew YorkTwin Cities
Week 4Oct. 8BLUEORSUGlendale
Oct. 8BLUEBerkeleySan Diego
Oct. 9REDNew YorkAtlanta
Oct. 9REDTwin CitiesDC Furies
Week 5Oct. 15BLUEBerkeleyGlendale
Oct. 16REDAtlantaDC Furies
Oct. 16REDTwin CitiesNew York
Oct. 22BLUESan DiegoORSU
Week 6Oct. 29BLUEORSUBerkeley
Oct. 29BLUEGlendaleSan Diego
Oct. 30REDTwin CitiesAtlanta
Oct. 30REDDC FuriesNew York
ChampionshipNov. 11-13Atlanta