TACOMA, Wash. – The Western Indoor Soccer League will return to league play for the first time since 2020 this season and has released their 2021-2022 men’s soccer schedule with games set to kick off on Saturday, November 6th with games in Bellingham, Snohomish and Portland. The season will culminate with the WISL Championship Game on February 12th. To see the full schedule, click here.
Four original WISL teams return for the 2021-2022 season. Five time champion, Bellingham United, returns to defend their latest title and will kick off at home against the Oly-Pen Force on November 6th. They will face the Tacoma Stars Reserves on Saturday, December 11th for the first rematch of the season for the last three WISL Championship Games participants.
The Tacoma Stars Reserves return hoping to return to the title game for the fourth straight season. They will open their season on the road in Portland and then kick off their home slate on November 13th against the Oly Town Artesians. The wrap up their regular season with a trip to the Sportplex to face Bellingham United on January 29th.
The Oly-Pen Force open their season on the road to face Bellingham United – who they faced in the championship game in 2016 and 2017 – and will return to the the Oly-Pen Sports Center for their home opener on November 13th against the Portland Blacktails. They close out their season on January 29th when the play host to Snohomish County for the first time.
The Oly Town Artesians kick off their season with a pair of road games before returning to the “circle” at The Evergreen State College’s Pavilion on November 20th to face the Oly-Pen Force. They play three games at home in the season’s second half but close the season with their first trip to Portland on January 29th.
Two new teams will play their first seasons in the WISL including Snohomish County, who were admitted to the league in August of 2020 and have had to wait to make their league debut. They will open their first season on November 6th at a renovated Snohomish Sports Dome against the Oly Town Artesians.
The last team admitted to the WISL, the Portland Blacktails, will make their league debut on opening day welcoming the Tacoma Stars Reserves to town. The Blacktails will call the Mittleman Jewish Community Center’s soccer dome home this season. They will make the league’s longest road trip in week 8 when they travel to face Bellingham United.
“We are excited for the return of WISL clubs and all their great fans to arenas for the 2021-2021 WISL Season,” said league president Lance Calloway. “With missing a full WISL season due to the pandemic I know a lot of players and fans are ready to play and watch the fast and action packed brand of soccer our teams bring to the WISL!”
Tacoma Narrows and the Snohomish Skyhawks have both opted to sit out this season putting the league at six teams. The top four teams will qualify for the playoffs with the semifinals set for February 5th with the winners facing off for the title on February 12th.