FASA News Release - www.fasasoccer.org
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – The Fredericksburg Area Soccer Association, which recently unveiled the addition of franchises in both the United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League and W-League, is pleased to announce an agreement with The University of Mary Washington to use their outstanding facility for all USL home games.
"We are incredibly pleased and excited about having our USL home games at such a top-level facility," said Pete Cinalli, FASA General Manager and Assistant Coach of the W-League Impact team. "UMW has one of the finest venues in the region. For our teams to have the privilege of playing on a field of this quality – and our fans to experience the atmosphere and benefits of playing at a professional-level facility is amazing. Visiting teams will look forward to making the trip to Fredericksburg knowing they will be playing at a first class facility.”
The Fredericksburg Hotspur will play in the PDL, while the Fredericksburg Impact will compete in the W-League. Both teams will play at the UMW Battleground Soccer Stadium on Hanover Street, where games will begin in May 2011. The Hotspurs will have eight home games and the Impact five, including three double-headers. The official schedule will be released in the near future
"The community has shown that they are excited about the W-League coming to town; I can only imagine what the atmosphere at home games will be like at UMW Battleground Soccer Stadium for us and the Hotspur PDL team," W-League Head Coach Jen Woodie added.
"It’s a tremendous facility," said Carl Gray, head coach of the Hotspur PDL team. "My son played four years at UMW so I know how impressive the field complex is and that it will be perfect for the professional-level talent that will be playing PDL & W-League games there. I could not be happier or more pleased for all of the players and fans."
"The community showed unbelievable support when we had over 300 attend our USL Kickoff event back in September,” Cinalli added. "The enthusiasm to see soccer at the highest level, which will include local home-town favorites as well as players from major colleges throughout the country, has really sparked a ton of excitement. With UMW as our home game facility, we have assured our fan base each game will be an ’event to remember,’"!
For more information on the teams and for ticket sales, visit www.fasasoccer.org and click on the PDL & W-League link at top of the page.
UMW Battleground Athletic Complex The University of Mary Washington prides itself in providing an optimal environment for athletes to practice their craft. Battleground Outdoor Complex plays host to soccer and more, and is regarded as one of the finest facilities of its kind in Virginia. The surface inside the Stadium is soft Bermuda grass professionally maintained with computerized irrigation systems. "The Battleground" has hosted NCAA Division III Men’s (1989, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2001) and Women’s (1990, 1991, 1997, 1998, 2001) Soccer and Baseball (1992) Tournaments, and the 1992 NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer, 1993 Field Hockey, 1997 Men’s Soccer, 2006 Men’s Tennis and 2007 Women’s Tennis National Championships.
Fredericksburg Area Soccer Association (FASA)
Since its inception over 30 years ago, FASA has expanded to become one of the largest and most successful youth soccer organizations in the region. Our organization has over 1200 players on Travel, Classic and Super Y teams, and hundreds more attending FASA Camps, Academies, Professional Goalkeeper Training, etc., FASA is completely focused on player development at the highest level. Our travel teams compete in the Region’s top leagues, including WAGS & NCSL, all of our Elite teams compete in Virginia State Cup, and our Super Y teams compete Regionally and Nationally as multiple FASA Super Y teams qualified for the National Championships held in Florida. FASA also host multiple Tournaments on top-quality fields and offers college preparation programs that has helped countless players move on to success college careers. We also have a TOPSoccer Program we provide at no cost to participants for kids with physical & mental disabilities as well as a financial aid program to help make the game affordable to all players with the passion to play. With the addition of PDL & W-League, FASA has a program that will begin development with kids as young as 4 years old and be able to take them through college and beyond. Our foundation is rock solid, and we build everything we do around each and every player involved in our program.