OCFC join United Premier Soccer League

by Art Eftekhari

orange county fc becomes one of the newest clubs to join the fastest growing pro-development soccer league in the united states

Irvine, CA – Orange County Football Club is proud to announce that reserve side OCFC 2 will join the United Premier Soccer League (UPSL) for the 2017 Fall Season.

The UPSL was formed in 2011 and currently has over seventy teams in California, Nevada, Arizona, Idaho, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Massachusetts, and New York.

OCFC 2 will enter the UPSL Pro Premier Division and begin play in mid-September.

“I am glad that the UPSL can serve as a platform for our reserve team and some of our first-team players during the offseason,” said owner Nader Dejbakhsh.

The UPSL operates on a model of promotion and relegation with two divisions in Southern California: UPSL Pro Premier and UPSL Championship.

The teams that finish in the bottom two positions of UPSL Pro Premier will be relegated to UPSL Championship for the Spring 2018 Season.

“The UPSL model of promotion and relegation is fantastic,” said Dejbakhsh. “I wish it existed in the soccer landscape of the country.”

OCFC 2 will be led by Head Coach Paul Caligiuri.

The former United States National Team defender recently guided Orange County FC to second place in the NPSL Southwest and saw his club earn two excellent playoff victories before falling in the Western Regional Final.

Paul Caligiuri said, “The UPSL provides an additional opportunity for OCFC to continue on the pathway of developing players in a competitive environment.”

“The UPSL Fall Season is ideal for OCFC to keep players in top form for the 2018 NPSL Season and 2018 US Open Cup.”

OCFC's inaugural season in the NPSL ended in heartbreak but now we only have to wait one month for the debut of OCFC 2 in the United Premier Soccer League.