About Us

Founding Nighthawks Manager Dick Cross holds up one of many Las Vegas Silver Mug Trophies the 'Hawks have won.

Founding Nighthawks Manager Dick Cross holds up one of many Las Vegas Silver Mug trophies the ‘Hawks have won over the years.

History of the San Francisco Nighthawks

The San Francisco Nighthawks are a Premiere women’s soccer team representing San Francisco and the greater Bay Area, regionally, nationally and internationally. They formed in 1995 as a charter member of the W-League, a division of the United System of Inter-regional Soccer Leagues (USISL). In 1998, the Nighthawks became a founding member team of the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL), a national amateur league for elite women soccer players with over 70 teams and 8 divisions.
The ‘Hawks also play in the Premier Division of the Golden Gate Women’s Soccer League (GGWSL), a 50+ team, 8 division regional league based in San Francisco with relegation and promotion. The Premier Division includes many women who have played Division I NCAA soccer and want to continue competing at a premier level. The Hawks are four-time reigning champions of the Premier Division, having won the title in the fall 2006, spring 2006, fall 2005 and spring 2005.

In addition to providing an elite soccer program for Bay Area women players, the Nighthawks are dedicated to providing playing and training opportunities, coaching, instruction and learning opportunities for females of all ages in under-served areas in and around San Francisco.

They also conducts low or no cost community soccer camps and clinics, staffed by experienced players and coaches, to teach playing and coaching skills to the community. Click here for more information.

  • Competed in the Final Four of the 2007 USASA National Cup Amateur Division at the Starfire Sports Complex in Seattle, WA. The USASA National Cup Finals program is the oldest and most prestigious competition offered to all affiliated teams of the United States Adult Soccer Association.
  • Played an exhibition game against Ghana before a crowd of 2,000 in preparation for their 2007 African Women’s Championship, a 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifier. Before the game, nearly 500 boys and girls ranging in age from 6 to 18, received instruction in all aspects of soccer at a free clinic led by Ghana and the Nighthawks.
  • Nighthawk players participated in a WPSL All-Star game versus the Ghana Women’s National Team as a preliminary to the 2003 Women’s World Cup.
  • Fielded a team for scrimmages against the San Jose CyberRays, a member of the US women’s pro league (WUSA).
  • 1998 trip to Shanghai, China where the Nighthawks scored a 2-1 victory vs. China. The roster included WUSA draft picks Emmy Barr, Tiffany Hadfield, Keri Sanchez and Jen Tissue.

The Nighthawks Community

The San Francisco Nighthawks are committed community partners with a rich history of giving back. The Nighthawks provide free annual soccer clinics for low income youth players, conduct fundraising events for inner city youth soccer teams and leagues (providing teams with uniforms, balls, nets and more), and fundraising events for the community.

The Hawks provide top-quality soccer coaching and education to soccer players of all ages San-Francisco-NightHawks-Soccer-by-EmilyAnderson--16669and skills who formerly did not have or could not afford such opportunities. They provide to the community, a stable of knowledgeable, skilled and motivated female coaches, teachers, administrators and others who will share those attributes at little or no cost to the community.

If your Bay Area team, school, recreation center or organization is interested in utilizing the Nighthawks organization coaching and educational skills, contact us today with your request.Learn more about our players and read some of our press about the Hawks giving back to the community.


Nighthawks Players (‘Hawks)

Led by veterans of some of the top collegiate soccer programs in the U.S. and China, the Nighthawks are resolutely diverse and highly representative of the Bay Area.

San-Francisco-NightHawks-Soccer-by-EmilyAnderson--16484Playing soccer, at its highest level with passion and skill, and a willingness to give back to the community unites all Hawks’ players and provides them with a common bond. The Nighthawks, as a team, are exceedingly close and remarkably supportive of one another, the team, and the community. As an organization that gives back to the community, Hawks players are provided the opportunity to gain experience teaching, coaching and administrating clinics, camps and training sessions.

Current and former Nighthawks have played for top-notch colleges such as: Stanford, Univ. of San Francisco, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, Univ. of California San Diego, U of Hawaii, Yale, Harvard, Georgetown, San Francisco State Univ., San Diego State Univ., Claremont-McKenna, Cal State Fullerton, U of New Hampshire, Holy Names University, Domincan University, Loyola Marymount, Princeton, Stony Brook U, San Jose State, DeAnza College, Maryland, Middlebury College, University of New Mexico, San Bernadino State University.

Nighthawks Tryouts

Tryouts for the Nighthawks WPSL team are held during the college winter and spring break periods by invite only. If you would like to be invited to the next tryouts, you have several ways you may get our attention:

Check our news section for open tryout announcements.
Click here to fill out a tryout application.
Contact Jill Lounsbury toll free at 1 (866) 936-0906 ext. 1  or operations@sfnighthawks.com

Mail your resume and include any media of player highlights if possible to:

San Francisco Nighthawks
Attention: Jill Lounsbury
85 Carl Street #7
San Francisco, CA 94117

The City Of San Francisco

San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge

San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge

The City and County of San Francisco is the fourth-largest city in California and the fourteenth-largest in the United States, with a 2005 population of 739,426.[2] It is located on the tip of the San Francisco Peninsula and has traditionally been the focal point of the San Francisco Bay Area. San Francisco is the second most densely populated major city[3] in the United States.[4]

In 1776, the Spanish settled the tip of the San Francisco peninsula, establishing a fort at the Golden Gate and a mission named for Francis of Assisi. With the advent of the California Gold Rush in 1848, the city entered a period of rapid growth. After being devastated by the 1906 earthquake and fire, San Francisco was quickly rebuilt and is today one of the most recognizable cities in the world.

San Francisco is renowned for its months-long episodes of fog, steep rolling hills, the eclectic mix of Victorian and modern architecture, its peninsular location surrounded on three sides by the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay, and its thriving gay subculture. Famous hallmarks and landmarks include the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, the cable cars, the Transamerica Pyramid, and Chinatown.