Bateaux FC Returns to the WPASL

The Wisconsin Primary Amateur Soccer League (WPASL) is proud to announce that Bateaux FC will be returning to the league for the 2021 season.

“We finished on top of the table the last two years, and secured our first Primary Cup last year. That was an awesome experience for our club and community, plus we’re excited to bring soccer back to Eau Claire after not getting to play home games in 2020 due to the pandemic. We’re looking to run the table again this year and we have the depth to do it. Our squad is young with some new faces, but even more talented than before. We are excited for another year of Bateaux soccer.”

Bateaux FC was founded in 2020. The team is a combination of two 7v7 clubs (EC Boys and EC Heat) who competed in the Eau Claire Rec league since 2010 and have won the championship for 6 years running. In 2019, Bateaux FC, then known as Eau Claire Heat FC, joined the WPASL and finished 2nd place after losing to Barron in the championship game. In 2020, Bateaux FC got their revenge and secured their first ever Primary Cup trophy with a 8-2-0 record.

Home games for Bateaux FC will be played at the Bollinger Fields or Regis High School (COVID regulation pending) in Eau Claire, WI. Bateaux are managed by David Ripplinger and Larry Mboga.

Additional information about the club can be located at bateauxfc.com, facebook.com/bateauxfc, twitter.com/bateauxfc or instagram.com/bateauxfc

FC Midnimo Returns to the WPASL

The Wisconsin Primary Amateur Soccer League (WPASL) is proud to announce that FC Midnimo will be returning to the league for the 2021 season.

“We are excited to be back playing in the league, we were competitive with a young team last year. Our goal is to have a positive soccer team where every player can showcase his skills and talents. Our mission is to compete and win the league.”

FC Midnimo was founded in 2019. After Inter Wisconsin FC folded at the closure of the 2019 sesaon, FC Midnimo was founded by some of the remaining players looking to stay in the league. Filled out by Barron’s large Somalian-American population, FC Midnimo will look to build on last year’s 5th place finish.

Home games for FC Midnimo will be played at the Birch Street Soccer Field in Barron, WI. FC Midnimo are managed by Mohamed Yare.

Additional information about the club can be found at facebook.com/Fcmidnimo

Hayward Wolfpack FC Returns to the WPASL

The Wisconsin Primary Amateur Soccer League (WPASL) is proud to announce that Hayward Wolfpack Football Club will be returning to the league for the 2021 season.

“We’re really pumped for the 2021 season. We’ve strengthened the organizational structure of our club and released a full rebrand and this has attracted some strong talent. We’re excited to see how that correlates to results on the pitch as we pursue that elusive Primary Cup trophy.”

Hayward Wolfpack FC was founded in 2017. After playing local friendlies under the name Hayward Scorpions, the team joined with local youth club Hayward United SC from 2017-2020. In 2021, the club branched off from the youth to create their own organization and rebranded as Hayward Wolfpack FC. The Wolfpack played their 2018 season in the DASL, before joining the WPASL for their inaugural season. The Wolfpack have finished 4th place in both of the last two years.

Home games for Hayward Wolfpack FC will be played at the Hayward Intermediate School Field in Hayward, WI or Heidi Friermood Field in Hayward, WI (COVID Regulation Pending). The Wolfpack are managed by Kaden Bergman.

Additional information about the club can be located at haywardwolfpack.com, facebook.com/haywardwolfpacksoccer or twitter.com/wolfpackhayward

Spartan FC Joins the WPASL

The Wisconsin Primary Amateur Soccer League (WPASL) is proud to announce that Spartan Football Club will be joining to the league for the 2021 season.

“We’re excited to begin our journey as an elite soccer club in the WPASL. We’ve brought together a great group of guys for our first season, and we look forward to battling for the Primary Cup this season.”

Spartan FC was founded in 2021. After noticing an absence of amateur soccer in the Sparta, WI-area, Spartan Football Club was founded to provide a platform for some of the best area talent to compete over the summer. Spartan FC is making a splash in it’s first year, entering the USASA Amateur Cup and scheduling a friendly with NPSL-foe Med City FC.

Home games for Spartan FC will be played at the Southside Fields in Sparta, WI. The Spartans are managed by Zach Holcomb.

Additional information about the club can be located at facebook.com/SpartanFC or twitter.com/SPTFC21

Barron Soccer Team Returns to the WPASL

The Wisconsin Primary Amateur Soccer League (WPASL) is proud to announce that Barron Soccer Team will be returning to the league for the 2021 season.

“We’re hungry to get back to the Primary Cup championship after winning it two years ago. We’re returning some of our best players and can’t wait to put another star on top of our crest.”

Barron Soccer Team was founded in 2017. After winning the RLASL recreational league championship, they made the jump up to the WPASL in its inaugural season. The Bears captured the 2019 WPASL Primary Cup championship, and had a strong finish in 2020, earning the 3rd place trophy.

Home games for Barron Soccer Team will be played at the Birch Street Soccer Field in Barron, WI or Cameron High School in Cameron, WI (COVID regulation pending). The Bears are managed by Liban Ismael.

Additional information about the club can be located at facebook.com/barronsoccerteam

Lobos FC Returns to the WPASL

The Wisconsin Primary Amateur Soccer League (WPASL) is proud to announce that Lobos FC will be returning the league for the 2021 season.

“We jumped into the league last year looking forward to playing at a higher level. Although we finished second place, we feel we set the standard for our team to be successful in 2021. We’re want the Cup this year.”

Lobos FC was founded in 2003. After competing in local leagues as Galaxy and Blue Jays, the Lobos FC moniker was born in 2013 after new management took over. Lobos have ravaged the local Wausau leagues, gaining 5 championships. Lobos FC finished with a 7-1-2 record during the 2020 season, enough for 23 points and a runners-up spot in the WPASL.

Home games for Lobos FC will be played at Jay Stadium (Merrill High School) in Merrill, WI. Lobos FC are managed by Luis Mendoza.

Club information can be found at twitter.com/LobosFC8 on Twitter and facebook.com/LobosFc2013 on Facebook

Wisconsin Primary Amateur Soccer League

2020 WPASL All-League Teams and Awards Announced

The Wisconsin Primary Amateur Soccer League (WPASL) is proud to announce this year’s All-League and Award recipients. These selections and awards were voted for by WPASL managers.

2020 WPASL Primary Cup Champions: Bateaux FC

2020 WPASL Most Valuable Player: Josh Balsiger (Eau Claire Bateaux)

2020 WPASL Leading Scorer: Josh Balsiger (Eau Claire Bateaux)

2020 Forward of the Year – Abraham Carmargo (Lobos FC)

2020 Midfielder of the Year – Josh Balsiger (Eau Claire Bateaux)

2020 Defender of the Year – Chacha Nacius (Eau Claire Bateaux)

2020 Goalkeeper of the Year and Golden Glove: Aden Jerome (Barron Soccer Team)

2020 WPASL ALL LEAGUE SELECTIONS

FIRST TEAM ALL-LEAGUE (Name, Team – G-A-PTS)

Forwards: Abraham Carmargo (LOB – 14-6-34), Lino Cortez (LOB – 10-6-26)

Midfielders: Josh Balsiger (ECB – 17-6-40), Kaden Bergman (HAY – 7-0-14), Yovani Dominguez (LOB – 4-7-15), Nuuh Osman (BST – 5-3-13)

Defenders: Chacha Nacius (ECB – 2-3-7), Zak Haji (BST – 0-3-3), Nils Eckstrom (HAY – 2-2-6), Abdullahi Aden (BST – 1-0-2)

Goalkeeper: Aden Jerome (BST – 1.125gaa, .865sv%)

SECOND TEAM ALL-LEAGUE

Forwards: David Ripplinger (ECB – 11-5-27), Abdulfatah Kahiye (BST – 4-1-9)

Midfielders: Manuel Garcia (LOB – 4-6-14), Ahmed Mohamud (BST – 5-4-14), Herbert Engop (BST – 1-1-3), Nik Nordquist (HAY – 2-3-7)

Defenders: Abdi Jama (BST – 0-0-0), Luis Mendoza (LOB – 0-0-0), Jamie Mauer (SCV – 1-2-4), Sadith Osseni (ECB – 0-0-0)

Goalkeeper: William Guevara (LOB – 1.22gaa, .847sv%)

Congrats to all of those who were selected for this year’s All-League teams!

Bateaux FC Crowned 2020 WPASL Champions

The Wisconsin Primary Amateur Soccer League (WPASL) is proud to announce that Eau Claire has been crowned the 2020 Primary Cup Champions after defeating Hayward United by the final score of 3-1.

This season has been historic for the league and for Bateaux FC. After finishing second last year, Eau Claire got their first title in WPASL history. Bateaux FC finished the season with 24 points and an 8-2-0 record, one point above runners-up Lobos FC (Wausau).

Bateaux FC were lead in scoring by league leading scorer Josh Balsiger (17-6-40) and fellow teammate David Ripplinger (11-5-27). The back line was anchored by league leading defensive scorer Chacha Nacius (2-3-7). Goalkeeper Ed Nelson (1.00GAA, .815sv%) held down the fort from between the pipes.

Bateaux FC managed to win the title while only playing one true home game in Eau Claire. Due to county guidelines, Bateaux needed to travel an hour to Barron for every other “home game”. Bateaux FC also never lost while wearing their black uniforms.

All-League Teams and Final Awards will be announced on Friday, September 11th at 12pm.

Member Club found to have used ineligible player; Forfeit given

(August 27th, 2020) The Wisconsin Primary Amateur Soccer League has found that FC Midnimo used an ineligible player during their game against Lobos FC on Sunday, July 26th.

FC Midnimo were notified of their eligible players prior to the game.

FC Midnimo listed the ineligible player, Osman Habane, on their manager’s report but the referee did not check this player in. The ineligible player then played as #4 Abdifatah Ali, who had been properly checked in by the referee. 

During the course of the game, the ineligible player scored FC Midnimo’s second and final goal. The game ended in a 2-2 draw. This goal was recorded on FC Midnimo’s game sheet as being scored by #4 Abdifatah Ali. 

Due to using an ineligible player, FC Midnimo will be stripped of their point and Lobos FC will be rewarded the forfeit win. The official score will be recorded as a 5-2 win for Lobos FC and FC Midnimo will be issued a $150 fine for using an ineligible player, per league guidelines.

Please refer to the Standings section of our website for an updated League Table.

Wisconsin Primary Amateur Soccer League

WPASL to monitor recent COVID-19 cases

The Wisconsin Primary Amateur Soccer League (WPASL) is monitoring the recent cases of COVID-19 reported within the league. We will be following our league’s COVID-19 guidelines to ensure a safe return to play when appropriate.

Although guidelines to prevent an outbreak were given to participating teams prior to the season, we have identified the source and times of a small outbreak of positive COVID-19 tests within one participating team. Two additional teams were directly exposed to the outbreak by competing against the affected team this past weekend.

Prior to the season, the WPASL set forth guidelines to maintain player safety if an outbreak occurred within a participating team. The three teams directly exposed must follow these guidelines in order to safely return to play.

  • Any teams exposed to the players who tested positive must either prove a negative test or quarantine for 14 days.

Due to this guideline, games and team functions for these three teams will be suspended until a 14 day quarantine time is met starting from time of exposure. Any symptomatic players must test negative or quarantine for 10 days after the resolution of their symptoms. Non-symptomatic players must prove a negative test or quarantine for 14 days.

This follows guidelines set forth by local county officials. If these guidelines are met appropriately, all quarantined teams can safely return to competition on Sunday, August 23rd.

A fourth team was indirectly exposed through a game played with a directly exposed team. Due to the indirect exposure, this team must closely monitor players for symptoms, and if any player shows signs of symptomatic behavior, the player must prove a negative test to continue play. This allows for their game to be played on Sunday, August 16th should both teams agree to the game being played.

The WPASL put out guidelines previous to the start of the season stating that each player and each team is given the freedom to decide if they are willing to continue participation of the 2020 season due to concerns over COVID-19 exposure. There are guidelines for any participating team to discontinue their season if they feel appropriate. If this decision were to be made while the season is still in session, the team must inform the league of such a decision, pay a fine for any scheduled games not played and will forfeit any previous and future games played for the 2020 season. These guidelines were approved by each participating club ahead of the season, and will be followed accordingly.

League officials have been in direct contact with the managers of each exposed team and we will continue to monitor the situation on a team-by-team basis to properly ensure player safety.

Our league and teams have been in contact with local governments and are committed to maintaining player safety by following CDC, State and Local government guidelines and by following an extensive Return to Play plan put forth by the league prior to the season. We strive to maintain a positive and safe playing environment for all participating teams and players.