The 2021 Columbus Eagles Women’s Premier Soccer League division is going to look different than it did in past years. On Feb. 26, the WPSL virtually held the league’s annual general meeting where a few major changes were made to the structure of this year’s season. With new teams announced in Pennsylvania, the Eagles will be moved from the Ohio Valley Conference of the East Region to the Midwest Conference of the Central Region.
Moving with the Eagles are the Cincinnati Sirens and the Dayton Dutch Lions. That means that in-state rivals to the north, the Cleveland Ambassadors and Michigan’s Ann Arbor FC Lumberjills and Detroit’s Motor City FC, won’t be on the schedule in 2021. Teams in Michigan and along Lake Erie were moved to a new Great Lakes Conference.
Replacing the Ambassadors and the two Michigan sides will be two teams from Indianapolis, Indiana and two from St. Louis, Missouri. FC Pride and Lady Victory FC from the Hoosier State and Fire & Ice SC and the St. Louis Lions out of Missouri.
Another announcement from the meeting is that there will be no WPSL National Championship game. In years past, teams that qualify from their region travel to one location in the United States to compete for the overall league title. With COVID-19 protocols varying from state to state, the league is allowing the conferences and regions to decide on their own if they want to have a competition to award regional champions.
A positive of this change is that teams will potentially have a longer schedule of matches since there are no national WPSL deadlines to meet. Schedules for this year’s WPSL season themselves are pending and could be released by mid-March, according to Columbus Eagles CEO Mark Wise.
Columbus looks to bounce back from a 2019 WPSL season where the team ended with three wins, five losses and two draws. One draw and victory came against the Dutch Lions, while the Eagles lost both matches against their in-state rivals, the Sirens.
Massive Report will have all the details when the 2021 schedule is released. In the meantime, the Eagles continue their arena season in the Premier Arena Soccer League this Saturday when the Chicago Mustangs travel to Columbus for a 3 p.m ET kickoff at Stars Indoor Sports. In the two teams’ last match against each other, the Eagles lost 9-2 with a side filled with absences due to a Chicago field issue causing the league to reschedule. Columbus is currently in second place in the Great Lakes Division of the PASL, with three matches to go.
This game can be streamed live on the Columbus Eagles website and supporters can purchase virtual match tickets for a chance to win prizes from team sponsors and the Eagles.