North Texas' Expansion Club FF Premier is Promoted to UPSL Division II in First Year
Dallas (Texas)-based club will play in UPSL Division II this Fall
By: United Premier Soccer League
The Dallas-based Pro Development soccer club posted a 9-1-2 overall record and in running away with the UPSL League One Central Conference North Division table to earn automatic promotion to UPSL Division II for the 2019 Fall Season.
FF Premier CEO and Technical Director of FF Premier Sean Afkhaminia said, "We're happy to be taking that next step. We knew we were going to have a strong team, and we made a conscious decision to enroll in League One rather than UPSL Championship straight away. We knew that success will be dictated by the success of our top team, so we're very happy and it's exciting to be promoted in our first season."
FF Premier won its final four games down the stretch to take 28 points from 12 league fixtures.
"First, it was about meeting minimum standards and we didn't want bite off more than we can chew. Second, we wanted to make sure we saw success immediately, and so it worked out like we planned," Afkhaminia said.
The Dallas (Texas)-based club has operated a youth academy and men's amateur team, which was the 2014 winner of the North Texas Premier Soccer Association's second division, and has twice been a playoff semifinalist in the league's competitive top flight.
"This is the next piece in our puzzle and will go a long way toward really providing that platform for players to rise from grassroots level to the highest levels of the game and the sport. Now we have to continue taking those steps forward to push our level of competition and play at the highest level possible," Afkhaminia said.
Footy Factory youth academy features numerous competitive team for both boys and girls, drawing more than 100 players, ages 8-to-19, from the surrounding area.
The club intends to host tryouts its first round of Summer Tryout from June 22-27. Register online at FootyFactory.us.
About Footy Factory Premier
Footy Factory Premier is an American Soccer club currently based in Dallas, Tex., and a new member of the United Premier Soccer League. FF Premier will begin play in the UPSL Central Conference.
Founded in 2014, Footy Factory Premier 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/