San Diego Business Journal The National Women’s Socer League (NWSL) has named its newest franchise.


Dubbed the San Diego Wave Futbol Club, the organization’s 12th team takes inspiration from the city’s coastline and diverse cultural heritage. The organization, led by President Jill Ellis, Head Coach Casey Stoney and Vice-Chairman Matt Alvarez spent several months conducting research in the community to find a name.


The team will begin to play at its temporary home, Torero Stadium, in spring 2022. The permanent venue, along with the club’s crest, will be announced at a later date.


“This is an exciting moment for our franchise,” said Jill Ellis, president of NWSL. “A wave is a strong symbol and, like our club, it is an integral part of something bigger.”


Added Stoney, “This is an exciting next step in our process to the team’s kickoff next season.”


NWSL announced in June that San Diego would be home to an expansion team, set to begin playing Spring 2022. The San Diego NWSL is owned by investor Ron Burkle.

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