The National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) is proud to announce that the Tacoma Stars
(Tacoma, WA) have joined the league as an expansion team. The club will begin competition in
the West Region’s Northwest Conference in 2020.
“The Tacoma Stars are a marquee organization and we are proud to have them join the NPSL,”
NPSL Managing Director Cindy Spera said. “The Tacoma area is a rich soccer hotbed with
enormous potential and we are excited to see the potential becoming a reality.”
The Stars are led by Lane Smith (Owner), Tony Roberts (Business Operations), Pete Richmire
(Director of Communication), and Peter Webster (Gameday Operations).
The Stars have partnered with Washington Premier FC, the top-level youth organization in their
area. Washington Premier FC Director of Coaching Seth Spidahl and his staff will help with
gameday operations and marketing. Datec Inc, a local data center systems integrator, will serve
as the club’s anchor sponsor.
“The Tacoma Stars are a longtime local and national soccer brand dating back to 1983,” Smith
said. “We have operated a professional indoor soccer team in the Major Arena Soccer League
since 2015. We look to let our community-oriented fan base enjoy seeing some of their favorite
local players in outdoor soccer while enjoying our family-friendly gameday experience.”
Home matches for the Tacoma Stars will be played at Washington Premier FC Field, a soccer-
specific complex located in the suburbs of Tacoma. It features a beautiful setting in the shadow
of Mt. Rainer.
“The first year as an expansion club we look to gather local talent through our partnership with
Washington Premier FC,” Smith added. “We look to offer the college standouts in the area a
next-level experience both on and off the field. Our first-year focus will be on building
community connections rather pure on-field competitive achievement.”
More information about the club can be found at www.tacomastars.com or by following the club
on Facebook (@tacomastars), Instagram (@thetacomastars), and Twitter (@tacomastars).
“Tacoma Stars’ reputation as a strong ownership group is expected to foster continued growth
for the league in this region and draw more interest in this area to owners of similar caliber,”
NPSL Director of Membership Development Dina Case concluded.
More information about expansion opportunities in the NPSL can be found at