Rangers Unveil New Badge; Announce Partnership With Nike, Soccer Fanatic
The Fullerton Rangers unveil the new badge that will represent the club in the 2012 season. The Rangers also announced their partnership with Nike and Soccer Fanatic as the official team apparel sponsor and team merchandiser.
By: Rickie Alvarez
The new badge pays tribute to the origins of the club. The Fullerton Rangers started out as a team in the Pacific Soccer League in 1963. The team selected the name “Fullerton Rangers” because several members of the team were Scottish and were devoted fans of the Rangers team from Glasgow, Scotland who played in the Scottish Premier League. The new badge brings back those roots with the original uniform colors, red, white, and blue. It also includes the lion that is associated with the Glasgow Rangers of the Scottish Premier League.
The new Fullerton Ranger badge also has a hint of modern club history as well. The gold outline and the gold star represent the national championship that the youth club won in the 2011 season in the BU-14 division. “We are looking to win championships at every level,” said NPSL Team CEO Alberto Ochoa, “and we feel that the new badge and the partnership with Nike represent that. Nike uniforms are deigned to the exact specifications of championship athletes, so it is only fitting that a championship club, a club that strides for championships, partners with Nike.”
The National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) is the successor to the Men’s Premier Soccer League (MPSL), which was formed in 2002. By 2005 it became necessary for the league to expand to a national format in order to accommodate teams from the Midwest region. The NPSL expanded further in 2007 by adding a Northeastern region. In 2011, with the addition of a Southeastern region, the National Premier Soccer League has truly become a nationwide league.
The NPSL is sanctioned by the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), the governing body of soccer in the United States. The NPSL operates and is managed as a team-run league. The structure of the league allows each team to have one vote on the executive committee. Each team is individually owned and operated, and is responsible for maintaining league minimum standards. New teams seeking membership into the NPSL are subject to approval from an executive committee comprised of existing team owners.
The three tenets of the NPSL are Integrity, Success and Longevity.
NPSL Mission Statement:
Provide the highest level of men’s soccer and strive to continuously raise the overall standard of play
Pursue every avenue of promotion and community involvement to create public awareness of the NPSL
Ensure that all new teams entering the league posess and maintain financial stability
What Makes the NPSL Unique?
Professionally operated teams
Teams comprised of players holding amateur playing status (high school, collegiate and former professional athletes)
Players maintain college eligibility and play at an elite level with a mix of young and veteran players
Showcase for players who aspire to move to the professional level
League ownership comprised of its member teams
Low entry cost and low annual dues for league membership
Extremely competitive league structure