Earlier this week, Grand Rapids FC announced the addition of a women’s side that will play in the newly formed Midwest Division of the United Women’s Soccer League.
After a successful first season in the National Premier Soccer League Men’s Team which ended with a playoff berth, the leadership at GRFC will put a women’s team on the field for five home games to coincide with their men’s schedule at Houseman Field. Season ticket holders will receive automatic access to all five women’s games, the ten-game men’s schedule and the 2017 season GRFC scarf.
Grand Rapids FC President Matt Roberts added,
“We are very excited to start a women’s side during the 2017 season. One of our objectives is to continue to grow the game at the grassroots level and starting a women’s team will allow young female players in West Michigan the opportunity to watch, interact with, and learn from top college and post-college players. With the tremendous success of the men’s team during the 2016 season, we felt the timing was right to continue to push Grand Rapids soccer forward and this is one of the ways to do that. We believe that just like on the men’s side, West Michigan has produced some top talent on the women’s side and we want to give those players the chance to highlight their tremendous play and give younger players something to aspire to here locally”.
The women’s games will be added to our 2017 season ticket package at no extra cost. Purchasing a 2017 season ticket will now get you access to 10 Men’s games and 5 Women’s games as well as the limited edition 2017 scarf for only $75.
Lewis Robinson, Associate Head Coach during the men’s inaugural NPSL Championship season in 2016, has been named the Head Coach of the women’s team.
Robinson, who is originally from Newcastle, England, has won 7 State Cups at the youth level, and also won a National Championship in U15 Girls last summer. He has a USSF “A” license and an FA Level 1 Badge.
“I am honored and excited to have the opportunity to lead GRFC Women into their first season” said Robinson. “We are really looking forward to giving elite level female players a place to train, play, and showcase their talents for our City this summer. West Michigan has a great population of talented female players, including several US Youth National Team players that we look forward to including in our team. The team will be a fantastic expansion for the club and a great step forward for West Michigan Soccer. We look forward to getting to work and putting together a quality team that that our GRFC community can enjoy watching and supporting!”
GRFC President Matt Roberts on the hire: “We couldn’t be happier to have Lewis running our first women’s team next summer. He has a great track record as a youth coach and has developed some of the best female players in West Michigan. His ability to recruit top talent will be a major advantage as we put the roster together as well. When we started the conversation about starting a women’s side Lewis was at the top of the list to coach the team and we know he will do a great job of helping us push West Michigan soccer forward”.