METUCHEN, NJ – United Women’s Soccer (UWS) has officially announced the alignment and schedule for the 2022 Heartland Division as part of the new Central Conference which consists of seventeen teams. Seven teams from the Heartland Division will take the pitch this season.
FC Wichita opens up the season on Saturday, May 14 as they host Side FC 92 at Stryker Stadium (Wichita, KS). The following day, KC Courage will face expansion team Sporting Nebraska at Avila University (Kansas City, MO). The Arkansas Comets will make their debut against Gretna Elite Academy on Saturday, May 21 at Har-Ber Stadium (Springdale, AR). Former UWS League Two team Arkansas Wolves will also host Sporting Nebraska at Lewis Stadium (Benton, AR).
The top seed of the Heartland Division will face the winner of the Midwest & Great Lakes Division playoff on Saturday, July 16. The champion of the Central Conference will advance to the four-team UWS National Championship held between July 21-24.
“The Central Conference has proven to be a fantastic soccer market with well-established clubs and quality players,” said Heartland Division Commissioner Wendy Louque. “We’re excited about the realignment of the Heartland Division to be able to play teams from Arkansas and Tulsa, in addition to a second team in the Omaha market. I expect some good, competitive matches that will challenge all of our athletes this summer.”