Women's Premier League 2017 schedule announced

The Women's Premier League (WPL), the highest level of women's senior 15s club rugby in the U.S., announced today the schedule for the upcoming 2017 season. The Fall 2017 season will kick off over Labor Day weekend in Minnesota, Illinois, Massachusetts, and California. Ten weeks of competition will culminate at the Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Ariz., for the National Championships weekend Nov. 10-12, 2017.

For the first time since the League was established in 2009, 10 teams will be competing for the National Championship this fall--an expansion from eight teams in previous years. The Western Blue Conference is comprised of Chicago North Shore, Berkeley All Blues, Glendale Raptors, Oregon Sports Union, and San Diego Surfers. The Eastern Red Conference includes Beantown Rugby, Atlanta Harlequins, DC Furies, New York Rugby, and Twin Cities Amazons. The teams will meet each other twice within their respective conferences. The top two teams from each conference will advance to the semifinals, with the remaining teams competing for the Bowl at the USA Rugby Women's Premier League National Championships.

The WPL is a stepping stone for athletes on the USA Rugby Women's Eagles High Performance pathway, and several factors will make the upcoming season's competition noteworthy. With the season kicking off just after Women's Rugby World Cup 2017 comes to a close in Ireland, many new players are expected to be making their debut in the League as they slot in for those USA Eagles recovering from tour. Additionally, the rapid pace of improvement in collegiate competition will bolster the league with an influx of recent college graduates.

"The recent college championships demonstrated an increase in skill and level of play that was exciting," said Eagles Head Coach Pete Steinberg. "These are players that started playing the game in high school, developed their skills in college, and now their next step is into the club game. The WPL represents the highest level of play in the U.S. and this fall there is a great opportunity for recent graduates to step up as part of their development."

As the longest standing club league in the country, the WPL continues a steady path of growth and increased competition.

"Our focus with the WPL has always been to bring more quality, high-level rugby to more athletes in the U.S., and our expansion is the next step towards that goal," said League Commissioner Milla Sanes. "The 2017 season will indeed do that, with 40 regular season matches and 10 matches as a part of the National Championship."

With the upcoming launch of wplrugby.org, fans will be able to follow the teams on the custom website as well as on Facebook and Twitter. Full matches will also be posted on the WPL Rugby Youtube playlist.

WPL 2017 Fall Schedule

Game DateConferenceHome TeamOpponent
Sept. 2BLUENorth ShoreSurfers
Sept. 2BLUEBerkeleyGlendale
Sept. 3REDAmazonsDC Furies
Sept. 3REDBeantownAtlanta
Sept. 9BLUEGlendaleNorth Shore
Sept. 9BLUEBerkeleyORSU
Sept. 10REDBeantownNYRC
Sept. 10REDAmazonsAtlanta
Sept. 16REDAtlantaNYRC
Sept. 16REDDC FuriesBeantown
Sept. 16BLUESurfersGlendale
Sept. 16BLUEORSUNorth Shore
Sept. 23BLUESurfersORSU
Sept. 24BLUENorth ShoreBerkeley
Sept. 24REDAtlantaDC Furies
Sept. 24REDAmazonsNYRC
Sept. 30BLUEGlendaleORSU
Sept. 30BLUEBerkeleySurfers
Oct. 1REDBeantownAmazons
Oct. 1REDNYRCDC Furies
Oct. 7BLUEGlendaleBerkeley
Oct. 7BLUENorth ShoreSurfers
Oct. 8REDAtlantaBeantown
Oct. 8REDDC FuriesAmazons
Oct. 14BLUENorth ShoreGlendale
Oct. 14BLUEORSUBerkeley
Oct. 15REDAtlantaAmazons
Oct. 15REDBeantownNYRC
Oct. 21BLUEGlendaleSurfers
Oct. 21BLUENorth ShoreORSU
Oct. 22REDBeantownDC Furies
Oct. 22REDNYRCAtlanta
Oct. 28BLUEORSUSurfers
Oct. 29BLUEBerkeleyNorth Shore
Oct. 29REDAmazonsBeantown
Oct. 29REDDC FuriesNYRC
Nov. 4BLUESurfersBerkeley
Nov. 4BLUEORSUGlendale
Nov. 5REDDC FuriesAtlanta
Nov. 5REDNYRCAmazons
Nov. 10-12National Championships @ Tucson, AZ

About the Women's Premier League
The Women's Premier League (WPL) features the nation's top women's rugby talent and is the highest level of senior club 15s competition in the U.S. The WPL consists of ten teams from coast to coast that are split into two five-team conferences. An eight-game regular season is followed by tournament play for the USA Rugby WPL National Championship title each fall. WPL players make up a bulk of the U.S. national women's team, the USA Rugby Eagles.

Founded in 2009, the League is completely player-run and operates in partnership with USA Rugby.