Published Dec 2, 2021

WHITE BEAR LAKE, Minn. (December 2, 2021) – The Women’s Premier Soccer League announced today, Manitou FC will join the league for the 2022 season. With the announcement, the league expands further into the Upper Midwest as Manitou FC becomes seventh WPSL club in Minnesota.

In a group statement the club’s Board of Directors express their excitement for joining the WPSL.


This opportunity gives Manitou FC a capstone for its female players, who through their development at Manitou, will continue to develop as players and individuals while away from their college programs.”


Manitou’s Board of Directors went on to say “the WPSL opportunity is another way for younger female players to set goals of one day playing for Manitou’s first team.”

Founded in 1981, as White Bear Soccer Club, the club’s Board of Directors changed its name to Manitou FC in 2020 to further reflect the 40 years of community ties and tradition, while simultaneously welcoming players from all over the Twin Cities. By joining the WPSL, the club sees the league’s platform as another opportunity to provide its youth players with the ambition to play for its women’s first team.



Edi Buro will serve as the WPSL team’s head coach and Zuheer Al Abase will serve as his assistant. Buro has been Manitou’s sporting director since 2015 after coming off a ten year professional career within the United States and Europe. Under the Bosnia and Herzegovina native’s leadership, Manitou has developed more than 40 college players who have signed at the NCAA Division I, II, and III levels.

“I am excited for our Manitou Football Club community to be part of the Women’s Premier Soccer League,” Buro said. “Our players will have opportunities to compete and play against top-level competition and our younger players and future Mantious will have a chance to aspire to play for MFC beyond their youth career.”


Manitou stays active off the field by participating in the Kick It Back program of the Sanneh Foundation. Through this program, Manitou has sent donated soccer equipment to children in Bosnia, Ethiopia, and Tanzania.

The home venue for Mantiou’s inaugural WPSL season and ticket information will be announced soon.


More information about Manitou FC can be found at their website  or on their social media platforms including Instagram and Facebook. For additional information on the WPSL visit

About the Women’s Premier Soccer League

In its 24th season, the WPSL is the longest active women’s soccer league and with more than 140 clubs from coast to coast in 35 states and, serves as the largest women’s soccer league in the world. WPSL rosters feature elite collegiate, post-collegiate, international, and standout prep student-athletes. Many of the United States’ most accomplished women’s players have played in the WPSL, including household names such as Alex Morgan, Abby Wambach, Megan Rapinoe, Julie Foudy, and Brandi Chastain.