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UPSL Announces Florida Expansion with FFA Comets

Apopka, FL-Based Pro Development Club Joins Southeast Conference for 2020 Season
Published Feb 12, 2020

February 12, 2020 – Los Angeles – The United Premier Soccer League (UPSL) is pleased to announce FFA Comets as a member kicking off with the 2020 Spring Season.

Based in Apopka (Fla.), Futbol First Academy is a registered business in the State of Florida seeking non-profit status. FFA Comets will begin UPSL play in the Southeast Conference Florida Central Division. The club will host its home games at Northwest Recreation Complex (3700 Jason Dwelley Pkwy, Apopka, FL 32712) in compliance with UPSL National Division standards.

United Premier Soccer League Florida Division Manager Christian Vallejos said, "We're pleased to welcome FFA Comets to UPSL Florida Central Division. Futbol First Academy is doing good things for the youth of Central Florida. This is a club ready to test itself against a higher level of competition. We look forward to watching FFA Comets take the field during the upcoming 2020 Spring Season."

Futbol First Academy's youth teams are members of U.S. Club Soccer. FFA Comets will compete exclusively in the UPSL.

Roger Gonsalves is President and Head Coach of FFA Comets.

"We were approached by a group of players that wanted to train and compete at a higher level, and they needed a club and a place to play. We've been building something good for a while now, and we think this Spring Season is the right time for us to start," Gonsalves said.

Futbol First Academy was created in 2016 to offer youth players from less-fortunate families in Central Florida the opportunity to train and play in competitive games without the travel and costs of larger programs.

The club will announce its upcoming game schedule.

About FFA Comets

FFA Comets is an American Soccer club currently based in Apopka, Fla., and a new member of the United Premier Soccer League. FFA Comets will begin play in the UPSL Southeast Conference.

Founded in 2019, FFA Comets can participate in the qualifying rounds for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup through their affiliation and membership with the UPSL, the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) and the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA).

Instagram: @futbolfirst_academy

United Premier Soccer League

The UPSL was formed in 2011 and currently includes more than 300 teams in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. UPSL is the fastest growing Pro Development League in the USA, with 500-plus teams targeted for 2021. Each UPSL team is individually owned and operated, and is responsible for maintaining UPSL National League minimum standards.

UPSL teams are all eligible to participate in the U.S. Open Cup Qualifying Rounds through the leagues affiliation with the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) and the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA).

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