Founded in 2017, in Kitchener, Ontario, FC Berlin set out with an objective to provide a high-performance academy experience with a focus on developing long-term professionals that can continue their career at the post-secondary level.
FC Berlin looks to bridge the gap in supporting high quality soccer on the border by joining Canadian and American soccer cultures together. The club’s goal has been to expand to the rapidly fast-growing market in the United States and provide Canadian/American athletes the pathway to professional soccer.
The club has since expanded its headquarters to Buffalo, New York – making it the new home for their pro-development teams. In summer of 2020, FC Berlin joined the United Premier Soccer League and established a men’s team that competes in the Northeast Conference of the UPSL’s Division I.
FC Berlin plans to thoroughly invest in the Buffalo community and has a goal to become a fully fan-owned club, with community representatives in the board of directors, by 2023.
For their inaugural season in the league, FC Berlin plans to play their home matches at Frontier High School in Elma, New York, 17 miles southeast of Buffalo. Ticket information will be available in the spring.
Santiago Almada, who holds both a national C license with Canada soccer and a national D license with USSF, will serve as head coach for the WPSL team. Assistant coaches will be Ryan Neceski, who has over seven years of training and coaching experience, and Julio Barrios, who played in Uruguay’s First Division with Peñarol and served as technical director for Puslinch Minor Soccer, out of Ontario, for 10 years. Sabrina Delic will be the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach and Gabriel Almada will function as the team manager.
Interested players can go to https://form.jotform.com/203428968642263 to register with the club and inquire about a trial.