The National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) is proud to announce that Boston City Football Club (Boston, MA) has joined the league as an expansion team. The club will compete in the Northeast Region’s North Atlantic Conference.
“The Greater Boston area is a tremendous soccer market, one with great history and tradition,” NPSL Chairman Joe Barone commented. “We are excited to have another team here in the Northeast. This shows that the NPSL is truly growing the game from coast to coast.”
The club is led by CEO Renato Valentim, President Jorge Silva, Executive Vice President Cesar Piovezanni, and Vice President of Business Development Lelio Ravagnani.
Valentim is co-founder of Boston City FC. He is also the Vice President of Business Development and Construction at the Tavern in the Square restaurants in Massachusetts.
Silva, who is also known as Palhinha, is the other co-founder of Boston City FC. He is a world-renowned Brazilian footballer best known for his time with São Paulo and the Brazil national team. As a player, he won the Intercontinental Cup twice and the Copa Libertadores three times, finishing as the tournament’s top scorer in 1992.
Piovezanni is in charge of Boston City FC’s administration and operational development. A Brazilian attorney and businessman, Piovezanni has been active in sports journalism and entertainment in Brazil and has also been involved in programs that search for soccer talent.
Ravagnani has over four decades of experience working in medium and large international businesses. He splits his operations between the United States and Brazil and will be using his experience to make Boston City FC an internationally recognized brand.
“Boston City FC decided that the NPSL was the best choice for the organization’s vision,” Valentim added. “We value the NPSL’s organizational structure, its plans to expand, the number of teams in the league, the way the conferences are divided, and their national reach. We are excited to be a member of the NPSL and look forward to a successful future.”
Boston City FC was founded in 2015, as a partnership between two soccer aficionados: a former professional soccer player and a successful Boston businessman. Boston City FC’s philosophy stems from developing the soccer, teamwork, and leadership skills of its players, providing affordable entertainment to the Greater Boston public, and strengthening Boston’s love for soccer. Boston City FC also plans on helping local youth through its soccer academy. Currently Boston City FC is sponsored by Tavern in the Square and two Brazilian companies, Kick Ball and Alimentos Cardeal.