Published Nov 23, 2021

LONG ISLAND, N.Y. – The Women’s Premier Soccer League announced today, the New York Dutch Lions FC will join the league for the 2022 season. With the announcement, the expansion will become the Dutch Lions organization's sixth addition to the league - accompanying its clubs in Ohio, Illinois, D.C., Florida, and California.

We believe the WPSL is a great platform for young women to showcase their talent and be seen [and/or] scouted by professional and semi-professional teams,” Danny Dekker, New York Dutch Lions FC CEO and general manager, said. “The number of players on the United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) that played in the WPSL shows how important it is to provide these opportunities.”

Amongst WPSL alumnae featured at the national level, Rose Lavelle, the Dutch Lions’ most successful player, played for Dayton Dutch Lions FC during the 2016 WPSL season. The organization also has three other clubs on the men’s side for a total of nine Dutch Lions teams in the United States.

With its latest expansion, the Dutch Lions are determined to elevate the level of competition within the New York region through its unique style of play, which is based on Dutch philosophy. The club’s goal, as with each Dutch Lions affiliation, is to provide a developmental pathway for female players while assisting them in fulfilling their professional soccer dreams.

The club is also committed to making an impact off the field by staying active within the Long Island community. The club plans to provide youth soccer clinics at local schools, attend community events, and make special visits to children’s hospitals.

For its inaugural season, the New York Dutch Lions will play its home matches at Bethpage Credit Union Stadium. The 6,000 capacity stadium is home to Long Island University. Ticket information will be provided soon.



More information about the New York Dutch Lions can be found at their website  or on their social media platforms including Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. For additional information on the WPSL visit


About the Women's Premier Soccer LeagueIn its 24th season, the WPSL is the longest active women’s soccer league and with more than 140 clubs from coast to coast in 35 states and, serves as the largest women’s soccer league in the world. WPSL rosters feature elite collegiate, post-collegiate, international, and standout prep student-athletes. Many of the United States’ most accomplished women’s players have played in the WPSL, including household names such as Alex Morgan, Abby Wambach, Megan Rapinoe, Julie Foudy, and Brandi Chastain.