Soccer is the fastest-growing sport in the Triangle and has undoubtedly taken its place as a major sport in our country. It arguably represents the only opportunity to add another major league sports team in the Triangle.
North Carolina Football Club, the state’s top professional soccer organization, is poised to elevate the level of professional soccer in our area. New, local ownership is aggressively pursuing a Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise for the pro men's team (North Carolina FC). In addition, a professional women's soccer team (NWSL), has recently been added to the club and will begin play in 2017. Furthermore, we are committed to building a new 20,000+ seat stadium.
Soccer will elevate the Triangle’s global appeal. Moreover, it represents a powerful platform to link brands to desirable customer segments. The North Carolina Football Club’s fanbase is the most diverse among Triangle professional and collegiate sports organizations with deep support from three of the most valuable market segments: soccer families, Millennials, and Hispanics.
The MLS expansion committee is looking for markets that separate themselves through local corporate partnership support. This is an important reason why North Carolina Football Club is seeking to partner with a select group of eleven Triangle companies. These Starting Eleven will serve alongside the club as catalysts to propel Triangle soccer to the highest level and shine an international spotlight on our community.