The Golden Gate Women’s Soccer League is California’s largest women’s soccer league, serving all of the Bay Area. The GGWSL is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to teach, promote, develop the game of soccer for women in the Bay Area.
The league was formed in 1977, against considerable opposition from the state soccer association and other organizations. A huge debt is owed to this early pioneers who helped organize the league and lobby for the ability to share San Francisco fields with the men’s soccer leagues at the time. Eventually the league was able to get started when a few women convinced some of the local men’s teams to sponsor women’s teams. This enabled the teams to obtain the necessary permits and fields, allowing them to play.
Some of the founding teams in the Golden Gate Women’s Soccer League still exist today, including the SF Scots and the Celtic Ramblers.
The GGWSL is now California Soccer Association North’s (CSAN) largest affiliated adult soccer league.
The GGWSL plays two seasons consisiting of 10 games each:
- Fall Season – September to December
- Spring Season – February to June