Fort Wayne FC Joins the NPSL for the 2020 Season

The National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) is proud to announce that Fort Wayne FC (Fort
Wayne, IN) have joined the league as an expansion team. The club will begin competition in the
Midwest Region’s Great Lakes Conference in 2020.

“We are thrilled to see the Great Lakes Conference continue to grow with Fort Wayne FC,”
NPSL Managing Director Cindy Spera said. “Fort Wayne FC will join the Muskegon Risers as
strong additions to our Midwest Region.”

Fort Wayne FC is a newly founded soccer team, representing the highest competitive play of a
men’s outdoor soccer team in Northeast Indiana. It will draw its interest, experience, and
knowledge from members, players, and supporters of Fort Wayne’s local adult and youth soccer
clubs as well as many smaller soccer clubs and college and high school soccer teams located in
Fort Wayne and its 11-county region of Northeast Indiana.

The club’s mission is to make soccer the preeminent sport in Fort Wayne and Northeast Indiana,
in support of U.S. Soccer efforts to develop world-class players, coaches, and referees. With the
“Passion for Soccer,” Fort Wayne FC will build community and belonging through the beautiful
game and the spirit of soccer. The club’s vision is to provide a stepping stone for young and
talented soccer players from the large pool of youth and young adult players in Fort Wayne and
Northeast Indiana in order to play, develop, and compete in the highest level of soccer nationally
and internationally.

FWFC is led by a strong and diverse ownership group that includes Dr. Erik Magner, John
Bellio, Drew Little, Roy Carver, Steve Bermes, Mark Music, Tom Lapsley and Michael
Khorshid. Greg Mauch will serve as General Manager.

“Fort Wayne FC will add another strong team to the already competitive Great Lakes
Conference,” Magner said. “The owners, coaches, and staff of the newly formed Fort Wayne FC
expect not only a winning season, but also reaching the postseason stage. Not only will Fort
Wayne FC compete successfully, but as part of the community it will generate a positive
economic impact for Fort Wayne and its surrounding area and will make Fort Wayne a
destination for soccer enthusiasts.”

Home matches will be played at the stadium field of the Fort Wayne Sport Club (FWSC) in Fort
Wayne, IN. The stadium can currently hold approximately 800 spectators.

“The quality of play in the NPSL is high,” Magner added. “We believe the city of Fort Wayne
has the passion and enthusiasm to support a soccer team at this high level and further enhances
the positive reputation of the NPSL. Off the field, the owners and management team want to
work together with other teams on the many business aspects of successfully running a soccer
team. Through openness and transparency, the Fort Wayne FC management will share its
experience with other clubs and can hopefully encourage more teams to join the NPSL.

More information about the club can be found at or by following the club
on Facebook (@FortWayneFootballClub), Instagram (@fortwaynefc), and Twitter

“The NPSL is excited to announce the addition of Fort Wayne FC to the league,” NPSL Director
of Membership Development Dina Case concluded. “Fort Wayne FC has a well-organized and
strong group of investors with a passion for soccer.  They have concentrated on establishing a
strong connection to their surrounding community and we are confident that they will bring an
exciting product both on and off the field.”

More information about expansion opportunities in the NPSL can be found at

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