The San Francisco Stompers Football Club, an organization in their fifth season in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), are proud to announce a major rebranding and relocation initiative. The team, which will now play in Hayward (CA), will be known as the East Bay Football Club Stompers. The rebranding will also include a new uniform partner and design.
The Stompers have been a key member of the West Region’s Golden Gate Conference since they joined the NPSL in 2012.
The East Bay FC Stompers will play their home schedule at Cal State, East Bay’s Pioneer Stadium in Hayward. Pioneer Stadium has a long history of hosting professional soccer teams, including the San Francisco Bay Area Seals and the 2010 WPS Champions FC Gold Pride.
“Our time in the great city of San Francisco was extremely valuable to our organization’s growth,” Stompers Owner/GM Billy Forte commented. “It was an honor to represent ‘The City by the Bay’ and play in its historical venues that have been home to so much rich history in sport and in the arts. We will forever be grateful to all of those who supported the club over the years and we wholeheartedly welcome them to continue to follow the club.”
The Stompers will have a new uniform partnership with Recnball. The new kits will feature custom-designed EBFC Stompers uniforms and a more traditional soccer badge. The color scheme was selected to honor the 1978 Oakland Stompers (NASL), but with different variations on the color palette. The colors also happen to be California’s state colors: blue and gold.
“The Stompers’ original plan was to bring professional soccer to the East Bay,” Forte added. “We have always wanted to fill the void left at Pioneer Stadium, something that has existed ever since the A-League team folded in the early 2000’s. The East Bay has a rich football background and a beautiful stadium that was renovated to host professional soccer. We are going to miss playing in one of the world’s greatest cities, but we are also very excited to be moving back to our roots and representing the East Bay by bringing back top flight soccer back to the area.”