Metuchen, NJ — RBFC Soccer Club has announced they will assume ownership of Indiana Elite’s UWS team during the 2022 season to provide the greatest professional soccer experience for fans, players and the suburban Chicago community. Spearheaded by Club Founder Ivek Halic and Head Coach Ante Cop, the Women’s team has rebranded as RBFC Elite and will be part of the Midwest Division of United Women’s Soccer (UWS). Stay tuned for the 2022 game schedule to be released soon.
“We are excited to welcome the new team ownership group to the league,” said League Commissioner Joe Ferrara. “Head Coach Ante Cop is familiar with the level of professionalism in the UWS and will help lead the team to success.”
Founded in 2017, RBFC Soccer Club was established to develop athletes in a positive growing environment as players and as individuals. Through the club’s values, they aim to build great athletes and members of society and promote the club’s working philosophy, that “hard work and perseverance pay off!” In their mission to empower and equip players, adding a Women’s team in the national pro-am league was a natural next step.
Ante Cop is entering his fourth season as Head Women’s Soccer Coach at Governors State. He has over 15 years of experience coaching at the DI, II & III levels. The former professional player also coached the Cedar Rapids Rampage in 2017-18 and led them to their first ever MASL playoff appearance after taking over mid-season.
“I am very excited to lead this new club into its first season in the UWS,” said Head Coach Ante Cop. “The team we will be fielding will be very competitive and the structure of the club will allow us to be around for the foreseeable future. Can’t wait to get the ladies together and get the season started!”
RBFC Elite will play their home games at Riverside Brookfield HS (160 Ridgewood Rd, Riverside, IL 60546). For more information on RBFC Elite, visit their official website. Connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.