The National Premier Soccer League Monday announced that Fort Wayne FC (Fort Wayne, Ind.) has joined the league as an expansion team.

The club will begin competition in the Midwest Region’s Great Lakes Conference in 2020.

“We are thrilled to see the Great Lakes Conference continue to grow with Fort Wayne FC,” NPSL managing director Cindy Spera said. “Fort Wayne FC will join the Muskegon Risers as strong additions to our Midwest Region.”

Fort Wayne FC is a newly founded soccer team, representing the highest competitive play of a men’s outdoor soccer team in Northeast Indiana. It will draw its interest, experience, and knowledge from members, players and supporters of Fort Wayne’s local adult and youth soccer clubs as well as many smaller soccer clubs and college and high school soccer teams located in Fort Wayne and its 11-county region of Northeast Indiana.

FWFC is led by an ownership group that includes Dr. Erik Magner, John Bellio, Drew Little, Roy Carver, Steve Bermes, Mark Music, Tom Lapsley and Michael Khorshid. Greg Mauch will serve as general manager.

“Fort Wayne FC will add another strong team to the already competitive Great Lakes Conference,” Magner said. “The owners, coaches, and staff of the newly formed Fort Wayne FC expect not only a winning season, but also reaching the postseason stage. Not only will Fort Wayne FC compete successfully, but as part of the community it will generate a positive economic impact for Fort Wayne and its surrounding area and will make Fort Wayne a destination for soccer enthusiasts.”

Home matches will be played at the stadium field of the Fort Wayne Sport Club in Fort Wayne. The stadium can currently hold approximately 800 spectators.

“The quality of play in the NPSL is high,” Magner added. “We believe the city of Fort Wayne has the passion and enthusiasm to support a soccer team at this high level and further enhances the positive reputation of the NPSL.”