VSI Tampa Bay FC (W-League)

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VSI Tampa Bay FC (W-League)
VSI Tampa Flames Logo.gif
Full name VisionPro Sports Institute Tampa Bay Football Club
Nickname(s) Flames
Founded 2011
Dissolved 2013
Stadium Plant City Stadium
Plant City, Florida
Ground Capacity 6,700
General Manager United States Alex Miranda
Head Coach United States George Fotopoulos
League W-League
2013 5th, Southeast Division
Website Club home page

VSI Tampa Bay FC was an American women's soccer team based in Plant City, Florida that played in the United Soccer Leagues W-League from 2012 to 2013. The team was owned by VisionPro Sports Institute and was affiliated with the VSI Tampa Bay FC professional men's team in USL Pro, the VSI Tampa Bay FC amateur men's team in the USL Premier Development League (PDL), and the youth team in the Super-20 League.[1] All the teams folded after the 2013 season.

History[edit]

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.[1]

The W-League Team started play in 2012. The PDL Team finished with a record of 3 Wins, 7 Losses and 2 Ties. The team played their matches at JC Handly Sports Complex.[2]

On November 22, 2012, the team's parent club changed its name to "VSI Tampa Bay FC" and the W-League team followed suit. The team folded after the 2013 season.

Record[edit]

Year-by-year[edit]

Year Division League Regular Season Playoffs
2012 4 W-League 4th, Southeast Division Did not qualify
2013 4 W-League 5th, Southeast Division Did not qualify

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "VisionPro Academy Headed to Tampa". United Soccer Leagues (USL). November 16, 2011. Retrieved August 14, 2012. 
  2. ^ "VSL Tampa Flames PDL Page". United Soccer Leagues (USL). August 4, 2012. Retrieved August 14, 2012.