BREMERTON, WA – (club release) The Olympic Force (OlympicForce.com) and the Olympic Sports Center are happy to announce today that the 2015 Northwest Division PASL Champions will be joining the Western Indoor Soccer League (“WISL”) (WISLnews.com), a statewide men’s elite amateur indoor soccer league, for the 2015-16 season.
“We are excited to be rejoining a few of our local rivalries here in the Northwest and are looking forward to contributing to the success that the WISL has accomplished in just their first season,” stated Force owner Bill Wright. “We want what is best for our players, our team, the facility, and our fans. We also want to have a voice and be part of the success of the league we play in. Playing in a regionally focused league such as the WISL – seeing how the league was run and the experience and quality of its management – makes those things possible. We are looking forward to providing our players with the best competition, our fans with the best experience possible, and providing the league another high-quality facility to add to the family of facilities already existing throughout the league.”
After a successful first season where the Force won the Division title and went on to the National tournament in Dallas, Texas the team has decided to move to the WISL. The Western Indoor Soccer League recently concluded a successful first season with an initial five clubs that saw thrilling action and large crowds. The league is in competition from November through February, allowing players and supporters to go inside for their soccer during the winter. The WISL follows a traditional indoor format of six players per side on a field with hockey boards and turf. The Force look forward to both new and renewed rivalries, a variety of opponents, and healthy competition.
John Crouch of the WISL/Tacoma Stars is excited about the addition as well. “As we move into the WISL 2015-16 season we expect to have more and better competition in the league, the addition of the Olympic Force will be a key component to this as they have an excellent fan base in their area and a history of successful indoor soccer out of the Olympic Sports Center. Team owner Bill Wright and GM Micah McMonagle have proven passion for the sport and it’s growth in their region and this team will contribute wildly to making the WISL a great league in its second year.”
The Olympic Force saw their rebirth for the 2014-15 indoor season and have successfully followed this up with fielding teams outdoor in both the Evergreen Premier League (“EPLWA”) for the men and in the Women’s Premier Soccer League (“WPSL”) for the women – filling a void in adult amateur soccer in Kitsap County and the Olympic Peninsula.
General Manager Micah McMonagle had this to say about the decision to switch leagues, “I think the move will be good for us. As we move into our second season we will be able to renew our rivalry with South Sound vis the Tacoma Stars Reserves and we are looking forward to the strong level of competition the league has to offer. Ultimately the WISL gives us the ability to provide more for our players, fans and our facility and through this helps benefit the league as well. We had a great team with amazing chemistry and an awesome experience last year and we only look to improve on those things year in and year both indoor and outdoor. We are honored to be accepted into the WISL and look forward to being a part of a fantastic league as it grows.”
The WISL debuted in 2014 with five clubs in Washington state: Arlington Aviators, Bellingham United, Oly Town Artesians, Tacoma Stars and Wenatchee Fire. The Tacoma Stars claimed the first-ever WISL title with a 6-2 win over Bellingham United in February. In March 2015, the Vancouver Victory announced their move to the WISL for the upcoming season.