FC Arizona Announces New Technology Partnership Agreement with SportsEngine

For Immediate Release - Thursday, July 29th, 2021

SportsEngine, Inc., an NBC Sports Group company, and the leading provider of Sport Relationship Management software will serve as FC Arizona's official technology partner. The agreement will allow FC Arizona to offer insight on technology development to meet the needs of administrators, team managers, and parents alike. This includes the development of SportsEngine’s full suite of premium tools across all levels of competition for FC Arizona. NBC Sports is the media provider of the Tokyo Olympics.

"The partnership with FC Arizona is very exciting for SportsEngine as we continue to serve the soccer market along with other sports," said Adam Pribyl, Soccer Account Executive of SportsEngine, Inc. "With our best-in-class registration and member management solutions, we are confident that FC Arizona will spend less time on administrative tasks and more time focusing on their players and clubs, allowing them to further their commitment to grow the game of soccer in Arizona."

With the Agreement, FC Arizona’s administrative staff will work hand-in-hand with SportsEngine’s technology staff to add features and focus development on the Club’s soccer needs. Many of these objectives will help SportsEngine in all sports. The goal is to make a seamless experience for families from the recreational, youth club, and professional teams that FC Arizona offers.

“We are excited to build our technology infrastructure around SportsEngine to create a great experience for our families. As we embark on our new relationship with the Legacy Sports Complex, we are expected to offer the best communication, registration, and team coordination at every level. We look forward to working with SportsEngine.” said Jamie Landreman, President and Owner of FC Arizona.

More than one million teams, leagues, and clubs use SportsEngine software to run their tournaments, leagues, online registration, websites, and mobile apps. Through these applications, sports teams, clubs, leagues, and national governing bodies are able to drastically reduce the time they spend on administration and communication, allowing them to focus more time on developing their athletes and furthering the love of the sport.

For More Information, please visit FC Arizona at www.fcarizona.com

About FC Arizona www.fcarizona.com

Football Club Arizona (FC ARIZONA), is a highly competitive and community-driven professional soccer club, comprised of 50+ teams: 4 professional-level teams, 31 youth club teams, and 20+ recreational teams and is the fastest-growing soccer club in the state. In 2022, FC Arizona’s professional teams representing the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), United Premier Soccer League (UPSL), Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) will begin training and hosting home games at the Legacy Sports Stadium, a $250 million, 320-acre sports facility in development in Mesa, Arizona.

About SportsEngine, Inc.

Helping the world play smarter and live more, SportsEngine, Inc., an NBC Sports Group company, is the leading provider of sport relationship management software serving millions of coaches, parents, athletes, clubs, leagues, governing bodies, and associations. Leagues and governing bodies across the country also use National Center for Safety Initiatives (NCSI), a SportsEngine, Inc. company, to manage their background checks and safety programs. Learn more at: www.sportsengine.com, Facebook.com/sportsengine or twitter.com/@sportsengine.


FC Arizona Hires Former Major League Soccer Star Andy Williams as Head Coach of NPSL Team & Club Technical Director

FC Arizona Hires Former Major League Soccer Star Andy Williams as Head Coach of NPSL Team & Club Technical Director

Jamaican International to Provide Experience and Professionalism to Adult & Youth Sides of the Organization

For Immediate Release – Thursday, July 8th, 2021

GILBERT, AZ - FC Arizona today announced the hiring of Andy Williams as Head Coach of its National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) team and Technical Director for its entire soccer organization.  Coach Williams will be responsible for the men’s first team as well as oversee the United Premier Soccer League (UPSL) men’s teams and the FC Arizona hierarchy to provide vision, strategy, and a comprehensive curriculum to its players.

“After a joyful career within Major League Soccer, as a player, coach, and scout, I am really excited to sign with FC Arizona and offer my strengths to create an engaging, lifetime experience for every single player within the club.  My sights are set on a player-first philosophy for both boys and girls, from U-7 recreational player to the collegiate and professionally ambitious athlete.  Soccer has a magnificent impact on people, physically, mentally and emotionally and it is my honor to support our player’s maturity and life goals through the game.” – Andy Williams

Jamie Landreman, President of FC Arizona, added: “This is one example of right place and the right time.  After we learned of Andy’s desire to live in Arizona, we were quick to connect and now, are thrilled to attract a coach with this much experience into our club.  We have tasked Andy with great responsibility to direct us into a new era of leadership, service, and success. This, along with our recent success with the men’s team, advances in our youth system, and our move into the new Legacy Sports Complex, have given us startling momentum as we head toward 2022.”

Following a four-year stint at the University of Rhode Island (1994 – 1997) where Williams remains the team's all-time leading scorer, with 52 goals and 45 assists, he joined Major League Soccer in 1998 with the Columbus Crew and enjoyed an extraordinarily successful career as a midfielder for the Miami Fusion, New England Revolution, NY/NJ MetroStars, Chicago Fire, and Real Salt Lake. Over that period, Williams scored 27 goals and added 78 assists. The apex of his professional journey occurred during Real Salt Lake’s MLS Championship year in 2009.  Throughout his professional days, Williams was also a stalwart for the Jamaican National Team, playing in the 1998 World Cup and competing for his country for 2002, 2006, and 2010 CONCACAF qualifying campaigns.  In that time, he scored 13 goals and 27 assists.  Williams retired as a player in 2011.

Following retirement, Williams joined Real Salt Lake as Head Scout playing a critical role for the club in identifying multiple major national and international talents that elevated RSL’s team success over the last nine years. In addition to his duties as a scout, Williams oversaw and coached the reserve team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notable moments from Andy's playing career.

 


First Team Player Ryan Flood Has Signed for Phoenix Rising

FC Arizona is delighted to announce that our First Team player Ryan Flood has signed for Phoenix Rising.

Dave Rogers, Technical Director said, "It gives me the greatest pleasure and complete delight to share with you all, the fantastic and monumental news of our very own homegrown Arizona native Ryan Flood completing his transfer to our neighbor’s and USL championship winners, Phoenix Rising. Since my arrival at FC Arizona 16 months ago when Jamie Landreman took over the club, we had a vision and a plan to implement programs and structures at all levels of the club to develop and progress our players. Today is a proud moment in this vision as Ryan is living proof that, being in the right environment and dedicating himself to our program and structure he is now one further step up the professional ladder in his career.

Ryan has faced rejection and despair in his early life as a soccer player. Knock after knock and setbacks along the way though his drive and determination have never wavered. His performances and development in our UPSL and NPSL first team have been excellent and consistent over the last couple of seasons. This has all come to fruition today with his contract signing and now becoming a USL Championship player. I’m sure you will all congratulate and enjoy Ryan’s success as much as I and every one of us here at FC Arizona. He is a credit to his family, his club, and the state of Arizona."

We wish him every success for the future and hope he continues to flourish under the guidance and leadership of Rick Schantz and everyone connected at our successful neighbor’s Phoenix Rising. Best of Luck Ryan, we will support you always.

Flood Phoenix Rising Press Release


Tara Koleski as new WPSL Head Coach and Girls Director

FC Arizona is delighted to announce the appointment of Tara Koleski, as our new WPSL Head Coach and Girls Director.

Dave Rogers said, “To have a coach of Tara’s experience and knowledge join us here at FC Arizona is absolutely fantastic and I have no doubts that Tara will thrive in developing our girls’ department.

Tara brings a wealth of knowledge and pedigree as a player here in the USA and abroad in Germany and since transitioning to a coach and currently holding the USSF “B” license qualification has held many Head Coach roles at colleges and also the role of a DOC.

Her desire and motivation to become part of our ever-growing club speaks volumes and to have such a humble and professional human being as part of my technical staff is amazing for everyone at FC Arizona. I’m sure all of our players, parents, and coaches will give Tara a warm welcome.

With our current Head Coach Rosie Mendez now on maternity leave for the imminent birth of her new baby, Tara will take over immediately as the Head Coach of our ’09 and ’07 girls teams.

We all wish Rosie and the new baby a beautiful and healthy birth and also look forward to seeing Rosie return safe and well, ready for next season.”


FC Arizona Announces Stadium Partnership With Legacy Sports USA

FC Arizona Announces Stadium Partnership With Legacy Sports USA

FC Arizona Signs Long Term Home Field Agreement with Massive $250 million, 320-Acre Sports and Entertainment District in Mesa. 

[MESA, ARIZONA] — Arizona Professional Soccer Club FC Arizona announced today a historic agreement between the professional soccer club and Legacy Sports Park in Mesa, Arizona. Beginning in 2022, FC Arizona will begin training and hosting home games at the $250 million, 320-acre sports facility in development in Mesa Arizona. 

FC Arizona Technical Director Dave Rogers said “We are absolutely delighted to have a new home with a state of the art stadium that will host our professional NPSL, UPSL and WPSL teams using world class training pitches and facilities which will enhance the development and progression of our Academy Players and our Rec and grassroots programs.”

Club President Jamie Landreman said “this is an incredible achievement for FC Arizona and the State. Years of recruiting high-caliber coaching staff and players of proven quality and potential have created a community and fan-base that can support a venue of this quality and size. We could not be more excited to offer our players, supporters and Valley residents a first-class sporting experience.”

“Legacy Sports USA is proud to be partnering with one of the premier programs in the country,” said Chad Miller, CEO for Legacy.  “We are excited to have FC Arizona call Legacy Sports USA home as well as take advantage of all that the Park has to offer to their athletes, supporters, and within the community.”

 COVID-19 precautions and guidelines are strictly enforced by FC Arizona. Visit: www.fcarizona.com for more information on league safety guidelines.

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FC Arizona is a highly competitive and community driven professional soccer club in the state of Arizona. As a club, we adhere ourselves in the growth and development of our players and our coaches to the highest standards. 

ABOUT LEGACY SPORTS USA: Legacy Sport Park a privately owned 320-acre multi-use family sports and entertainment complex will be built in Mesa, Arizona opening to the public in January 2022. Legacy Sports Park will create over 1,500 jobs and generate hundreds of millions of dollars in direct economic impact back to the surrounding community. The park is expected to attract over three million visitors annually.  Legacy Sports Park is the vision of Randy J. Miller, Chairman of Legacy Sports USA, Chad J Miller, CEO of Legacy Sports USA and Olympic Gold Medalist Dan O’Brien, Director of Performance Training at Legacy Park. In addition, Legacy Sports Park will also include a multi-purpose arena and outdoor amphitheater designed for live events, family shows, exhibitions, and conventions. The project will be developed in one single phase constructing outdoor and indoor team athletic facilities geared to high energy entertainment, sports venues. https://www.legacysportsusa.com/ to view more information on the Legacy Sports Park.


Riley Horne Deput

Congratulations to our 15-year-old academy player, Riley Horne who made his U23 Developmental team debut in our UPSL soccer match July 22, 2020. Riley showed real maturity and game intelligence, again proving that at FC Arizona Soccer we believe in our player development pathway.


UPSL Season Starts Today

We are excited for our UPSL Season opener which kicks off today, Saturday 6.27.20 with our U-23 Development Team playing East Valley United at 6:00 pm at Nichols Park in Gilbert. Our first team will be playing Sunday 6.28.20 against Olympians FC at the Olympus Stadium in El Mirage at 5:00 pm.


Youth Tryouts are Back On

We are officially in Phase 2 TODAY! Additionally the ASA has modified their Phase 2 Return-to-Play Guidelines as well as reduced their restrictions and opened up their permitted activities. Click here for more information from the ASA's website. They hope to open to Phase 3 very soon!

Phase 2 Tryouts are open tryouts for ALL players including interested players, registered players, and players who have been offered rostered spots. ALL ARE WELCOME!!!

Monday 6.1 through Thursday 6.4 | Tumbleweed Park, Field #6 | see graphic for age groupings and times

 

We know there is a lot going on, but we are strategically moving forward based on the guidance and structure set by the ASA to try and get soccer back on track! Come see what everyone is talking about. Our exclusive player curriculum, our experienced staff, and all the programs we offer.

Register today and get an FC Arizona shirt at tryouts that will get you into all our professional home games for FREE (ALL our men's and women's games)!!

❇️EAST VALLEY @ Pecos Park - https://go.teamsnap.com/forms/227966

❇️GILBERT @ Desert Sky Park - https://go.teamsnap.com/forms/227967

FC Arizona is looking for U7 to U19 boys and girls interested in club soccer to participate and play within the state. We have 4 available locations including East Valley, Gilbert, West Valley, and Maricopa.

If you would like to play for FC Arizona, please contact us at info@FCArizona.com and we will have a coach contact you.


UPSL Announces June 20th as Start of Season

As of May 15th, the UPSL announced they will be starting their season on Saturday June 20th for the states, counties, and municipalities where organized soccer is allowed, including Arizona.

The teams' participation during these extraordinary circumstances will be entirely voluntary. The UPSL has determined that many teams do wish to commence competitive play and is presenting the opportunity to do so. Some teams will prefer to not participate at this time. The deadline for teams to declare their intention is 5 pm PST on Wednesday, June 10. This allows several more weeks for the further relaxing of local restrictions to emerge.

The intention is to run a 10-game regular season, ending the weekend of August 22-23 followed by two weekends of playoff competition, the second of those being Regional Finals on the weekend of September 5-7. Once participating divisions and teams are known, the play-off structure and season schedule will be released. This will occur no later than Thursday, June 11.

This forthcoming season will require the participating teams to embrace flexibility and a spirit of cooperation. We do not know what new challenges will be presented that can force game postponements or cancellations.

For more information, please click here to visit the UPSL website.


ASA Announces Return-to-Play Guidelines and Phases

The Arizona Soccer Association (ASA) developed Return-to-Play Guidelines that will be implemented over four phases, starting with Phase 1 and decrease in restriction.

They have also outlined roles and responsibilities for each participant in our community, the Club, the Coach, the Player, and the Parent.

The ASA remains steadfast in its commitment to the safety of the players, coaches, referees, families, and communities. The ASA has emphasized the importance that everyone understands their role and demonstrates a commitment adhering to the ASA Return-to-Plat Guidelines which have been created based on federal, state, and local directives and guidance with the intent of providing a safe environment to get back on the field.  If there is hesitation in returning to play – DON’T; just because you can does not mean you must.

For more information regarding restrictions from the ASA, click here.

Listed below are the Return-to-Play Guidelines and the four phases the FC Arizona will be implemented which have been developed along with the ASA's Guidelines.