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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — Women’s Premier League Soccer (WPSL) is coming to Sioux Falls with a new 2022 season expansion team, currently named Sioux Falls City FC.

The news that Sioux Falls would be hosting a team was announced Thursday by the league.

“We are proud to announce that Sioux Falls City FC has joined the league for the 2022 season, as the #WPSL expands into South Dakota,” the league wrote in posts on Facebook and Twitter.

Team co-owner Melissa Nelson was also quoted in the Facebook post, saying “We are excited to bring an elite level of women’s soccer to Sioux Falls and look forward to fulfilling our mission of empowering women through soccer.”

KELOLAND News spoke with Nelson in a Friday afternoon phone call to get more details about the team.

Nelson says the purpose of starting a WPSL team in Sioux Falls is to bring a higher level of soccer to the area, noting that an abundance of women’s teams is something that the region is lacking.

The mission of the project, says Nelson is to empower women through soccer. She and her husband Gabe first considered the idea last summer, she said, and approached co-owners Emily and Eric Thomas about joining in Fall of 2021.

Nelson says the two couples share a passion for soccer, and met through their daughters, who play soccer at Division I and II programs of the NCAA.

While many details remain so far undisclosed, such as a logo, team colors and playing venue, Nelson says the name, Sioux Falls City FC, will stick. Nelson says it is important that the team has a strong tie to Sioux Falls, emphasizing the desire to have a strong involvement with the community. “We want to give back,” she said.

While a playing venue has not been settled, Nelson says contracts are being discusses, and that they expect to have a team on the field by the start of the 2022 season, which runs from May-July.

Between now and then, the team will need to finalize its decision on coaching staff, a process which Nelson says is well underway.

For updates on the progress of Sioux Falls City FC, Nelson says to follow their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts, where announcements will be made as the team as goes forward.

The WPSL is the longest active women’s soccer league with more than 125 clubs from coast to coast in 35 states. Athletes that have played in WPSL include Alex Morgan, Abby Wambach, Megan Rapinoe, Julie Foudy, and Brandi Chastain.