United Premier Soccer League Announces Florida's Tropics SC as Expansion Team
Founded in 2015, Lakeland (Fla.)-Based Professional Soccer Club Joins UPSL
Based in Lakeland (Fla.), Tropics SC will begin play in the UPSL Pro Premier Florida Central Division and host its home games at Lake Myrtle Sports Complex (2701 Lake Myrtle Park Rd., Auburndale, FL 33823) in compliance with UPSL Minimum Standards.
United Premier Soccer League Florida Division Manager Christian Vallejos said, "The UPSL Florida Central Division continues to attract strong clubs with quality teams at all levels, and we are pleased to welcome Tropics SC and their ownership group, led by Dr. Panos Iakovidis, to the league for the 2019 Spring Season."
Florida Tropics SC, the teams' overseeing Club, is a professional soccer organization featuring teams in Major Arena Soccer League (MASL), United Soccer League (USL) League Two and the Women's Professional Soccer League (WPSL). The Club also has three youth clubs in Lakeland (Fla.), Pinellas County (Fla.), and Celebration (Fla.).
Tropics SC Majority Owner and CEO Dr. Panagiotis Iakovidis said, "This move simply allows us to use all the players under our Tropics umbrella and continue to develop together, year-round. The UPSL is a little less restrictive when it comes to eligibility, so in the long run, this will help the Tropics franchise become stronger and even more competitive than we have ever been."
Tropics SC General Manager and Vice President of Business Operations Andrew Ross said, "Joining the UPSL allows us to continue to grow the development side of our organization and set us up to be successful at the professional level of the outdoor game. We feel the UPSL is a perfect stepping stone for some of our younger players and a good opportunity to trial new players who may fit well into our system. It is also a good fit for some of our indoor players who want to train and play year-round but are not the right fit for our USL League Two team due to the age and international restrictions."
The club will host the first round of open tryouts at Lake Parker Park (910 Granada St., Lakeland, FL 33801) on Feb. 23.
Florida Tropics SC
Florida Tropics Soccer Club is a professional soccer organization based in Lakeland, Florida. The Tropics operate a Major Arena Soccer League Franchise (Florida Tropics SC who play at the RPFunding Center in Lakeland), a USL League Two franchise (Lakeland Tropics who play at historic Bryant Stadium in Lakeland), a WPSL franchise (Florida Tropics SC Women's) and the Kickers FC, one of the premier amateur club programs in the United State with seven national championships. The Tropics youth club umbrella includes Lakeland Tropics FC, Pinellas County United Tropics, and the Celebration Tropics. The Tropics are owned and operated by Central Florida Sports Ventures, LLC, headquartered in Lakeland, Florida. More information can be found at www.TropicsSoccer.com.
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/