United Premier Soccer League Announces Central Florida-Based Clay County SC as Expansion Team
Founded in 1977, Jacksonville (Fla.)-Based Pro Development Club Joins the UPSL
By: United Premier Soccer League
Based in Jacksonville (Fla.), Clay County SC will begin UPSL play in the Southeast Conference Florida Central Division, and host its home games at Eagle Harbor Soccer Complex (4387 Lakeshore Dr., Fleming Island, FL 32003) site to be constructed and in compliance with UPSL's Minimum Standards.
United Premier Soccer League Commissioner Yan Skwara said, "The UPSL continues to expand in the Florida market, and we're pleased to welcome Clay County SC to the Southeast Conference Florida Central Division. Clay County SC has developed deep roots in Jacksonville and looks at the UPSL as a true next step in expanding opportunities for its players. We wish Clay County SC every success as it prepares to kick off this season."
Matt Hollyoak is Executive Director of Clay County Soccer Club, an all-ages youth club and academy based in Jacksonville (Fla.) with field facilities in Fleming Island (Fla.) and Orange Park (Fla.).
Founded by former English international and Manchester United great Dennis Viollet (1933-'99), Clay County SC offers recreational, travel and academy teams more than 3,000 local players while operating two 25-acre soccer-specific facilities.
Hollyoak, 30, is a native of London, England, and played for West Ham (ENG) academy. A graduate of the University of North Florida (Sports Management '12), Hollyoak has been at Clay County SC since 2010 and holds NSCAA Premier and UEFA 'B' coaching licenses.
Clay County SC Executive Director Matt Hollyoak said, "We have programs at every level and what's exciting to me about the UPSL is now we offer the full spectrum, the full service of options for our boys and girls. This has been a goal of ours for a while, and just finding the UPSL and the league's fresh look on doing things made us what to be an early adopter."
Clay County SC has owned and operated a Women's Professional Soccer League (WPSL) team since 2013.
Clay County SC President Al Cruz said. "This is a very exciting time for our club and community! Our members now have a path to join the ranks of several accomplished athletes, while developing skills and sharing soccer experiences at the next level. I am very proud to receive this opportunity, and look forward to strong UPSL partnership and a thrilling inaugural season!"
The club hosts its UPSL home opener on at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, May 12, at Eagle Harbor Soccer Complex.
About Clay County Soccer Club
Clay County SC is an American Soccer club currently based in Jacksonville, Fla., and a new member of the United Premier Soccer League. Clay County SC plays in the UPSL Pro Premier.
Founded in 1977, Clay County SC can participate in the qualifying rounds for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup through their affiliation and membership with the UPSL, the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) and the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA).
United Premier Soccer League
The UPSL was formed in 2011 and currently includes more than 170 teams in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. UPSL is the fastest growing Pro Development League in the USA, with 200-plus teams targeted for 2018 Spring Season. Each UPSL team is individually owned and operated, and is responsible for maintaining either UPSL Pro Premier Division or Championship Division minimum standards.
UPSL teams are all eligible to participate in the U.S. Open Cup Qualifying Rounds through the leagues affiliation with the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) and the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA).
More information about UPSL can be found at www.upslsoccer.com or by following the league on Facebook (www.facebook.com/