EWING, New Jersey – The Women’s Premier Soccer League is expanding their East Region for the 2021 season with the addition of Real Central New Jersey – a club dedicated to bringing affordable, high-level soccer to the Mercer/Eastern Bucks County community.
Real Central NJ’s mission is to provide a platform with the opportunity to play highly competitive soccer which will open doors to the professional levels as well as being community-driven to make soccer more accessible and affordable for local soccer fans and families. The club will also field a men’s team in the USL League Two in 2021.
“Our Real Central New Jersey soccer club is thrilled to join WPSL,” Ben Chrnelich, General Manager Real Central NJ Women’s Soccer, said. “We believe in our mission to provide professional-level development and experience to up-and-coming regional talent and, in the process, give fans access to high-quality pre-professional matches.”
Real Central NJ will use Lion’s Stadium at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) as their home stadium for the 2021 season. Individual tickets will be sold for adults and children 13 and under. The club also offers season memberships which include tickets to all women’s and men’s home games as well as discounts. Tickets can be purchased on the club’s website.
Brian Thomsen will serve as head coach and Kim Maurer will serve as assistant coach for their inaugural season with the WPSL. Thomsen holds the USSF National C License and was recently recognized by EDP as a member of the Promising Young Coaches group. Maurer is the long-standing head coach at Allentown High School which is consistently a top-ranked High School program. Both coaches have had a large presence in the New Jersey soccer community as players themselves and also as coaches.
To date, the club has partnered with Jersey Cares, a non-profit organization that aims to increase the level of meaningful volunteer engagement by creating and managing efficient, impactful projects that address critical community-identified needs. Specifically, Real Central NJ is working with Jersey Cares for its coat drive campaign during this winter season and aims to collect warm coats for the benefit of those in need.