United Premier Soccer League Announces Central Expansion with Oklahoma's Reign Football Club
Bartlesville (Okla.)-Based Pro Development Club Joins the UPSL for 2019 Season
Based in Bartlesville (Okla.), Reign FC will begin UPSL play in the Central Conference North Division, and host its home games at Madison Middle School (5900 SE Baylor Drive, Bartlesville, OK 74006) in compliance with UPSL's Minimum Standards.
United Premier Soccer League Central Conference Manager Matt Kahla said, "Oklahoma has a strong soccer culture and tradition, and we're pleased to welcome Reign FC to the UPSL's Central Conference. Founder Matt Mason has an exciting vision for his home town, and we're behind him as he brings Pro Development soccer to another great market that's been underserved for too long. Good luck to Reign FC as it prepares for the 2019 Spring Season."
Matt Mason, 27, is Founder and President of Reign FC. A native of Bartlesville (Okla.), Mason was a four-year varsity player and graduated from Bartlesville High School before playing at Northern Oklahoma College (NJCAA) and Oklahoma Wesleyan University (NAIA). He played professionally with Tulsa Revolution (MASL) from 2012-'14.
Reign Football Club Founder and President Matt Mason said, "Most importantly, I want to help grow the game here in Oklahoma. Adding a Professional Development team to the area will give the local players a bigger platform to compete upon, and provides the local community with a positive place to bring the families to see exciting soccer. Being a member of the UPSL is going to help us do that. We're looking forward to the challenge and are excited to get started."
Mason attended the D.C. United (MLS) Academy as an 18-year-old and later trialed at Hereford United Football Club (England) and Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL). He has coached for several U.S. Youth Soccer Clubs, most recently with Houston Texans SC.
Reign FC will host tryouts beginning in January, and soon will announce its upcoming UPSL game schedule.
About Reign Football Club
Reign Football Club is an American Soccer club currently based in Bartlesville, Okla., and a new member of the United Premier Soccer League. Reign FC will play in the UPSL's Central Conference.
Founded in 2018, Reign FC 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 300 teams in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, 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 400-plus teams targeted for 2019 Fall 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/