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Duwamish Soccer League
Country Flag of Duwamish Duwamish
Confederation AIFF
Founded 1950
First season 1951–52
Number of teams 16
Levels on pyramid 1
Relegation to League²
Domestic cup(s) Duwamish Cup
League cup(s) Bentley Cup
International cup(s) AIFF Club World Cup
Current champions Kalama Kangaroos
(2009–10)
TV partners DSN
YSN
Website dsleague.dwh
Soccerball current event.svg 2010–11 Duwamish Soccer League

The Duwamish Soccer League, officially abbreviated as the DSL, is a Duwamishite professional league for soccer clubs. At the top of the Duwamish soccer league system, it is the country's primary soccer competition. Contested by sixteen clubs, it operates on a system of promotion and relegation with League². The Duwamish Soccer League is a corporation in which the sixteen member clubs act as shareholders. Seasons run from mid-August to early May, with teams playing thirty matches each, totaling 240 matches in the season. Most games are played on weekends, with a few games played during weekday evenings. It is currently sponsored by Gangnam Aerospace and therefore is officially known as the Duwamish Soccer League by Gangnam.

The competition formed on 5 May 1950 following the decision of clubs in the West Coast League and East Coast League to break away from the Soccer Leagues of Duwamish, which was originally founded in 1944, and take advantage of better stadiums and franchise quality. The Duwamish Soccer League has since become the world's third most watched soccer league, after Escambia's Bundesliga and Lisieux's Premier League. It is also the world's third largest soccer leagues in terms of revenue, with combined club revenues over ϵ2 billion in 2009–10. Two of the twenty clubs that compete in the Duwamish Soccer League also compete in the Devine Premier League (DPL), an international soccer league operated by the Alliance of International Football Federations (AIFF).

Since 1871, a total of eighteen clubs have crowned champions of the Duwamishite soccer system. Of the TBD clubs to have competed since the inception of the Duwamish Soccer League in 1951, six have won the title: Dawson Ducks (TBD titles), Kalama Kangaroos (TBD), Bremerton Bison (TBD), Skagit Sounders (TBD), AC Arlington (TBD), and Cowlitz Coyotes (TBD). The current champions are the Kalama Kangaroos, who won the title in the 2009–10 season.

HistoryEdit

OriginsEdit

FoundationEdit

GrowthEdit

Foreign importsEdit

AIFFEdit

Corporate structureEdit

Competition formatEdit

CompetitionEdit

Qualification for Club World CupEdit

TrophyEdit

SponsorshipEdit

FinancesEdit

Media coverageEdit

DomesticEdit

InternationalEdit

CriticismsEdit

"Big Six" dominanceEdit

ClubsEdit

Main article: List of Duwamish Soccer League clubs

A total of 52 clubs have played in the Duwamish Soccer League from its inception in 1951 up to and including the 2010–11 season. Eight clubs have been members of the Duwamish Soccer League for every season since its inception. This group is composed of Dawson Ducks, Kalama Kangaroos, Kelso, Montero, Sahewamish Armada, Skagit Sounders, Quileute United, and Vantage Volt.

The following 16 clubs are competing in the Duwamish Soccer League during the 2010–11 season.

Club Position First season Number of seasons
AC Arlingtona055th1951–52
Bremerton Bisona088th1951–52
Cowlitz Coyotes033rd1951–52
Dawson Ducksa,b022nd1951–52
Kalama Kangaroosa,b011st1951–52
Keller Athletic011st, League²2010–111
Kelsoa,b066th1951–52
Lakewood Lions077th1990–9110
This table in incomplete

a: Founding member of the Duwamish Soccer League
b: Never been relegated from Duwamish Soccer League

StadiumsEdit

Main article: List of Duwamish Soccer League stadiums

ManagersEdit

PlayersEdit

Foreign players and transfer regulationsEdit

Wages and transfer recordsEdit

Top scorersEdit

Player and manager awardsEdit

See alsoEdit

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