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Akron City FC Joins National Premier Soccer League as Expansion Team

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Akron City Football Club will be filling its roster with existing college players for the National Premier Soccer League summer season, as well as graduates looking for professional experience.

The semi-professional National Premier Soccer League is welcoming Akron City FC to its league starting next year. The club is recruiting coaches and players to participate, including college athletes and recent graduates.

Team part-owner Nick Turchan says the owners of the team saw Akron as an appealing location to build the team, given the city’s ongoing economic recovery.

“That was another draw for Akron, the revitalization that’s happening there. You see the development. The city, even though it’s known as the 'Rubber Capital of the World,' it’s morphed into this innovation corridor with a lot of great ideas.”

Turchan says the team plans to be involved in the community, including having its players run youth soccer camps around Akron.

He says team is in talks with St. Vincent-St. Mary High School and The University of Akron about a possible home field. The season starts in May 2022.

The National Premier Soccer League bills itself as one of the largest men’s soccer leagues in the U.S., but is not currently recognized by U.S. Soccer.

Updated: October 18, 2021 at 10:08 AM EDT
This story has been updated to add details about the National Premier Soccer League.