Professional soccer coming to Fort Wayne next year

Fort Wayne is getting a new professional soccer team.

Fort Wayne FC soccer club, an expansion team of the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), will begin play in May 2020, Mayor Tom Henry and team officials announced Monday. The NPSL, a national outdoor soccer league at the fourth tier of the United States soccer pyramid, also plans to introduce a competitive women’s team in 2022.

FWFC plans to draw its interest, experience and knowledge from members, players, and supporters of Fort Wayne’s local adult and youth soccer clubs as well as many smaller soccer clubs and college and high school soccer teams located in Fort Wayne and its 11-county region of Northeast Indiana.

The club’s mission is to make soccer the preeminent sport in Fort Wayne and Northeast Indiana and to provide a stepping stone for young and talented soccer players in Fort Wayne and Northeast Indiana in order to play, develop, and compete at the highest level of soccer nationally and internationally.

The National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) is the largest established men’s soccer league in the United States, with 94 teams competing across the country in 2019. The NPSL is a member of the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA) and is affiliated with the United States Soccer Federation. The United States Soccer Federation (USSF) is the official governing body of the sport of soccer in the United States and a member of the world soccer body FIFA. With headquarters in Chicago, USSF governs amateur and professional soccer, including the men’s, women’s, youth, beach soccer, futsal, and Paralympic national teams.

Ownership of Fort Wayne FC includes:

Dr. Erik Magner, president of Fort Wayne FC. President of Meister Cook, LLC, a designer and manufacturer of custom foodservice equipment for large restaurant chains.

John Bellio, vice-president of Fort Wayne FC. President of Coldwell Banker Roth Wehrly Graber, the largest real estate agency in Fort Wayne.

Drew Little, president of Red Giant, one of the largest special effects software company in the US.

Roy Carver, rresident of R3 Composites Corporation, a leading manufacturer and supplier of fiberglass parts to the automotive industry and housing industry.

Steve Bermes, president of Novae Corp, is regarded as the largest privately held trailer manufacturer world-wide.

Mark Music, president of Ruoff Home Mortgage, which ranks in the top 100 mortgage companies in the US.

Tom Lapsley, president of the Thistle Group and US Silicones, a specialized custom silicone company.

Michael Khorshid, president of Khorporate Holdings, a diverse group of technology and service companies.

Greg Mauch will serve as general manager. Mauch is a member of the Indiana Soccer Hall of Fame and the Indiana Soccer Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

More information about the club and the team can be found at www.fortwaynefc.com or by following the club on Facebook (@FortWayneFootballClub), Instagram (@FortWayneFC), and Twitter (@FortWayneFC).