Weatherford FC’s rapid ascension through the semi-professional soccer ranks hit new heights recently as the team was selected to host the United Premier Soccer League’s Spring National Finals tournament July 27-28.
The tourney will take place at Kangaroo Stadium, where Weatherford FC plays its home games.
Fresh off an inaugural season which saw the team finish with a goal differential of +33 (48 goals scored), a 9-3 record and pending promotion to a higher division in the fall, Weatherford FC’s selection to host a national tournament has served as an exciting next chapter for the club, Director of Communications Robert Vance said.
“It’s almost hard to put into words how big we think this is,” Vance said.
“This is Weatherford FC’s inaugural season in the league. From the very beginning, [General Manager] Brandon Medrano and I wanted to try and be different from most of the other teams in the league, and for us to be honored with hosting the UPSL finals is incredible.
“I think it shows that Weatherford FC has found a way to stand out.”
Vance said soccer’s continuing growth in Texas caught the attention of the UPSL, which is based out of southern California.
“Over the past few years, the league has been trying to host the finals outside of California,” Vance said.
“This spring, they were interested in coming to Texas. Texas is one of the hotbeds for soccer in the United States and within the league we play in. The amount of Texas teams has just skyrocketed almost overnight. There’s a lot of talent and passion out here.
“So when we heard they were interested in coming here, I drew up a bid and showed them Kangaroo Stadium, showcased the amenities the stadium has to offer and then told them about how big soccer has become here in North Texas, the passion from the fans and how important it is to our fans as well as fans all across the DFW area.”
Four teams will qualify for the tournament, with the semifinals being played at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on July 27.
The finals kick off at noon July 28.
With teams from out of state likely to make an appearance, Vance said next month’s national tournament has the potential to help further not only Weatherford FC’s growth and popularity, but soccer’s as a whole across the North Texas area.
“There’s no doubt soccer has continued to grow over these past few years,” Vance said.
“There’s gonna be four teams that qualify for this tournament. There’s almost certainly going be teams from other states. I can see a team from Texas qualifying, but there’s no way all four teams will be from Texas.
“I believe the league is bringing Telemundo and Univision with them to broadcast the games. And then the games are also streamed online. Some of the teams have thousands of viewers who watch their games online every time they play.
“It’s gonna be a great opportunity for soccer in Texas to gain exposure, and it’s gonna be an excellent opportunity for Weatherford FC to gain exposure on a national level.”
While the club was unable to qualify for the UPSL national finals this go-around, Weatherford FC’s upward move from Division II to Division I in the Central Conference ahead of the team’s fall season means the club will soon have the opportunity to carve out a spot in the tourney themselves.
Those interested in trying out for Weatherford FC ahead of the club’s fall season have several opportunities to do so, with tryouts set for July 11, 13, 18 and 20.
Thursday tryout dates take place from 6:30-8 p.m.,while Saturday tryouts take place from 10 a.m. to noon at the Weatherford Soccer Associates Field at Cartwright Park.