GIG HARBOR, WA— The Western Washington Premier League (WWPL) today announces the start of an exciting new affiliation with the Cascadia Association Football Federation (CAFF) and Team Cascadia.
Competitors on the world stage in CONIFA (Confederation of Independent Football Associations), Team Cascadia are currently ranked 10th in the world. Going forward CAFF and the WWPL will cooperate together to allow players on clubs in the Washington men’s adult premier league increased opportunities to showcase their talents to CAFF coaches with the goal of eventually having multiple WWPL players represent our region on the Cascadia team.
“I am very excited to be affiliating with the WWPL,” says CAFF President Aaron Johnsen. “This is a very exciting time for CAFF as well as soccer in the northwest in general. Partnering with leagues and supporting the growth of the local soccer community is very important to us.”
“The WWPL looks forward to partnering with CAFF and thereby strengthening both organizations while increasing soccer player opportunities in our region,” added WWPL President Mitch James.
Former Seattle Sounders player James Riley may be the most well-known Team Cascadia member to date.
In 2019 the WWPL Champion Snohomish County FC Steelheads goalkeeper Dorian Lair started in goal for Team Cascadia in a match held in Kent, WA.
The Western Washington Premier League is currently in its off season after a second year of competition. The Cascadia Association Football Federation held its first home pitch match in 2019 and is now preparing for the next CONIFA competition. The two groups will continue to communicate behind the scenes to define this new relationship and ways that both can support soccer in Cascadia.