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New women's team SoCal FC kick off WPSL season on Saturday

Want an appetizer before the World Cup kicks off? There are options in Southern California.

If you want to support women's soccer, you have local options!
If you want to support women's soccer, you have local options!
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If you're looking to catch some women's soccer before the 2015 Women's World Cup kicks off next week, and you live near Northridge, you're in luck.

New amateur women's team SoCal FC begin their inaugural WPSL season on Saturday at Cal State Northridge against FC Tucson. Kick off is at 6 pm PT.

SoCal FC, coached by Dido Tshimanga, will join other WPSL teams in the Pacific-South division, joining the likes of local Los Angeles area sides LA Premier FC, LA Villa FC, Pateadores and defending WPSL champs Beach Futbol Club. In addition, the Pacific-South division is home to two San Diego teams, San Diego Sea Lions and another new team for 2015, Tijuana Xolos USA, the women's team of Club Tijuana that is playing their games for now on the American side of the border.

Although there still isn't a California team, much less a Southern California team in the first-division NWSL for 2015, between the teams of the WPSL and the Santa Clarita Blue Heat the lone remaining local team in the W-League after the folding of defending champions Los Angeles Blues last fall, there are still options for catching women's soccer on a local level. They may not be the first division, but some of these players will make it to the NWSL and may even reach some national team squads at some point, so you may very well be catching the stars of tomorrow now.

At any rate, even in a crowded marketplace, there are still options for catching women's soccer in person, like SoCal FC's first game this evening. What better way to get ready for the biggest event in soccer, the World Cup, than to take in a game in your backyard?

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