ORLANDO, Florida – Orlando Kicks FC will rejoin the Women’s Premier Soccer League as an expansion side for the 2019 season, the league announced Wednesday.
Founded by Robbie Aristodemo, a former Canadian National Team standout and professional soccer player, the Orlando Kicks FC are excited about once again competing in the most prestigious and largest women’s soccer league in the world.
“Our ownership group and staff are very excited about this great opportunity to return to the WPSL,” Aristodemo said. “Our league championship in 2016 was a great indication that we are a club that has high hopes and ambitions. This team will allow many of Central Florida’s best and brightest soccer players to train and compete with some of the nation’s best soccer players.”
The Kicks played in the WPSL from 2016-17. It will be part of a competitive Sunshine Conference that features clubs across the Florida Peninsula.
Orlando Kicks FC will hold tryouts April 21st and April 28th at Montverde Academy. Tryout times will be released within the next few weeks on the Orlando Kicks FC website at orlandokicks.com. The team will begin play in May 2019. Schedule and ticket information will be released soon via the Orlando Kicks FC website.
The Orlando Kicks FC joins CAFC Ospreys (Frederica, Delaware), EGA Omaha, Alamo City SC (San Antonio), Chatham FC (Savannah, Georgia), Wake FC (Raleigh, North Carolina), ASC San Diego, EPIC Sport Management (Victoria, British Columbia), Indios Denver FC, FC Arizona Women (Mesa, Arizona), Charlotte Eagles and Utah Royals FC Reserves as announced 2019 expansion clubs.
The WPSL is in its 22nd season and is the largest women’s soccer league in the world with more than 100 clubs from coast-to-coast. WPSL rosters feature elite collegiate, post-collegiate, international and standout prep student-athletes. Many of the United States’ most accomplished women’s players have played in the WPSL, including household names such as Alex Morgan, Abby Wambach, Megan Rapinoe, Julie Foudy and Brandi Chastain.