Knoxville, Tenn. – Spring is in the air as the Knoxville Force and Knoxville Lady Force semi-professional soccer teams are scheduled to open practice on May 7 and May 9 for the 2013 season. The teams, owned and operated by Knoxville Soccer LLC, are part of the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) and Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL), respectively, and play their home games at the University of Tennessee’s Regal Stadium. Based on attendance numbers, the Knoxville Force and Lady Force have seen an increase in popularity in the Knoxville community over the last three seasons.
“There are more than 25,000 youth and adults in the Knoxville area who play in organized soccer leagues and teams,” said Jason Goss, General Manager of Knoxville Soccer LLC. “Soccer is the largest and fastest growing field team sport in the United States, and Knoxville is a testament. We have received nothing but positive support from soccer fans and enthusiasts.”
The Knoxville Force is starting its 3rd season in the NPSL’s Southeast Conference. The formal NPSL season starts in early May and concludes with playoffs and regional and national championship matches at the end of July. The team is made up of the region’s top collegiate players as well as national non-collegiate and international players with tryouts being held in February each year.
The Force’s head coach is Derek Broadley who has achieved the highest level of coaching licensure in the United States and Europe. Broadley holds a Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) “A” license, is a graduate of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) “Master Coach” program, and has served as Technical Director of the Bermuda Football Association. He has worked successfully to improve player, team, and coaches’ performance in Knoxville, Bermuda, the United Kingdom, and North America.
The Knoxville Lady Force is starting its 2nd season in the WPSL’s Southeast Conference. The formal WPSL season starts in early May and concludes with playoffs and regional and national championship matches by early August. The highly competitive team includes U.S. National Team, university, amateur, international, and former professional soccer players looking to play the sport at an advanced level. Tryouts are held in January each year.
The Lady Force’s head coach is Fields Brown who was recently the assistant head coach for the Georgia Revolution of the NPSL and assistant director of coaching at Rockdale Youth Soccer Association in Conyers, Georgia. Brown was also the women’s soccer assistant coach at Georgia State University from 2009 to 2011 and Wofford College from 2005 to 2009.
The 2013 schedules for the Knoxville Force and Knoxville Lady Force will be released soon. For more information, to purchase tickets or shop for merchandise, visit www.knoxvilleforce.com.
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About Knoxville Soccer LLC
The Knoxville Force and Knoxville Lady Force are owned and operated by Knoxville Soccer LLC, a Knoxville-based sports business. The mission of Knoxville Soccer LLC is to serve as a focal point for social change by offering soccer programs and projects that enhance the health and well-being of a broad and diverse population of the Knoxville community. Through the formation and fielding of professional men’s and women’s soccer teams in the Knoxville area, Knoxville Soccer LLC offers soccer programs and projects that enhance the health and well-being of a broad and diverse population of our community, including the underprivileged youth living in high-risk areas and under-represented social and ethnic groups.