The Washington Spirit is an American professional soccer club based in Germantown, Maryland that participates in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). It is a continuation of the D.C. United Women of the W-League and continues to field both a W-League team and a youth team, both under the Spirit name.
The foundation of the National Women’s Soccer League was announced on November 21, 2012, with Washington selected as a host for one of the eight teams selected for the inaugural season.
In December 2012, the team’s name was announced as the Washington Spirit. D.C. United Women head coach Mike Jorden was kept on as well as assistant coach Cindi Harkes. Harkes is the wife of former U.S. international and D.C. United star John Harkes.