METUCHEN, NJ – Expansion has been running rampant in United Women’s Soccer (UWS) with League Two also seeing tremendous growth. Three new teams in three separate conferences have been added to the second division of competition of the national pro-am league this week.
In the New England Conference of League Two, New England Futbol Club will join the four previous teams announced in mid-December – the reserve teams for the Connecticut Fusion, New England Mutiny and Worcester Smiles as well as North Shore-based Upper 90 Soccer Academy – on the pitch for the 2021 season. NEFC is based out of Mendon, Massachusetts and various sites across the Bay State and will compete out of NEFC Park in Mendon. They have over 1,500 female players playing for their club with 10 National Championships in the club’s history.
“NEFC are excited to be part of UWS League Two for the 2021 season,” said Girls Director of Coaching Nick Burke. “UWS will provide a full pathway for our players and an opportunity for current, former and new U23 players to continue to grow, develop and compete at a high level. This standards-driven league aligns with what we want for our players and we are looking forward to being part of UWS.”
In the newly-formed Northeast, Steel United is the third team to claim their stake in the conference alongside the UWS reserve teams of New Jersey Copa FC and New Jersey Teamsterz Football Club. Based in Basking Ridge, NJ with Pingry High School earmarked as their home facility, Steel United is the nation’s fastest growing soccer club with programs currently in eight different states. Committed to maximizing each player’s potential, the Steel Sports Coaching System produces highly skilled players that are dynamic and competent both physically and mentally.
“We are very excited to be part of UWS League Two,” said Technical Director Dominic Rice. “Steel United’s pathway from four-year old’s on up focuses on athletic, character and leadership development. Entering this league as they graduate high school and return from college is the culmination of years of hard work from our athletes. This league’s format will help continue our efforts in providing a quality experience for our teams and players. We are very happy to be joining this league.”
Familiar faces will return to UWS League Two as the founders of Genesee FC (who competed in the Midwest Conference in 2018) will bring a new team to the Great Lakes Conference. FC Midland are based in Midland, Michigan and serve the Great Lakes Bay Area region (Saginaw, Midland & Bay City). They are the ninth team to join the conference after the Grand Haven Admirals & Detroit City FC. The club will be hosting tryouts in February & March and will play their home games out of Northwood University.
“We are very excited for our inaugural season in United Women’s Soccer League Two,” said Head Coach & Club President Stevie Shard. “Bringing soccer to this area is something that is needed and we are excited to be starting with UWS.”