VSI Tampa Bay FC (PDL)
|Full name||VisionPro Sports Institute Tampa Bay Football Club|
|Stadium||Plant City Stadium
Plant City, Florida
|General Manager||Alex Miranda|
|Head Coach||Sheldon Cipriani |
|League||USL Premier Development League|
|2013||4th, Southeast Division
|Website||Club home page|
VSI (VisionPro Sports Institute) Tampa Bay FC (PDL) is an American soccer team that plays in the USL Premier Development League (PDL), the fourth tier of the American soccer pyramid. The foundation of the team was announced on November 16, 2011 alongside the creation of sister VSI Tampa Flames teams for the professional USL Professional League (USL PRO), women's W-League and youth Super-20 League.
The VSI Tampa Flames were established in 2011 as part of a broader move by the English football development academy, VisionPro Sports Institute, to build a foundation for youth and professional soccer in the United States. VSI partnered with the local Brandon, Florida area youth soccer organization, West Florida Flames, to build "the perfect platform for vertical progression, giving talented youngsters the opportunity to progress from junior soccer all the way through to the professional game," according to VSI's CEO, Simon Crane.
The USL PDL Team started play in 2012. The PDL Team finished with a record of 7 Wins, 5 Losses and 4 Ties. The team played their matches at JC Handly Sports Complex. In 2013, the team played their home matches at Plant City Stadium.
On November 22, 2012, the team's parent club changed its name to "VSI Tampa Bay FC" and the PDL Team followed suit. The team folded after the 2013 season.
Players and Staff
- John Mitchell - Head of Operations
- Alex Miranda - General Manager
- Sheldon Cipriani - Head Coach
- Sam Mitchell - Assistant Coach
|Year||Division||League||Regular Season||Playoffs||U.S. Open Cup|
|2012||4||USL PDL||5th, Southeast Division||Did not qualify||Did not qualify|
|2013||4||USL PDL||4th, Southeast Division||Did not qualify||Did not qualify|
- "VSI Welcomes new PDL Head Coach Sheldon Cipriani". VSL Tampa Bay FC. February 6, 2013. Retrieved February 8, 2013.
- "VisionPro Academy Headed to Tampa". United Soccer Leagues (USL). November 16, 2011. Retrieved August 14, 2012.
- "VSL Tampa Flames PDL Page". United Soccer Leagues (USL). August 4, 2012. Retrieved August 14, 2012.