The National Premier Soccer League has announced that Valeo FC has joined the league as an expansion team.
The club, based in Newton, Mass., will begin competition in the Northeast Region’s North Atlantic Conference in 2020.
“Valeo FC is a tremendous addition to our Northeast Region,” NPSL managing director Cindy Spera said. “We’re delighted to see the NPSL continue to grow in the Boston area and Massachusetts as a whole.”
Valeo FC was founded in 2008 and has developed into one of the top youth programs in the Northeast. It is one of four clubs in Massachusetts to have a U.S. Soccer Development Academy program. It’s youth soccer programs have traveled internationally, winning tournaments such as the IberCup in Spain and Portugal.
The club operates seven locations in New England: one in Manchester, N.H. and five in Boston, Mass. They also operate a residential academy in Portugal and two training academies in Jamaica. Valeo FC is a registered 501(c) (3) non-profit sports education.
Valeo FC is led by director of soccer operations Corlton Simmond and founder/CEO Emelio Williams.
“We are expecting to compete in a professionally-run league that our players and fans will be excited to be a part of,” Simmond said. “Our organization will bring a high level of professionalism and good sportsmanship to both the conference and league.”
Simmond’s career began as a decorated youth national team and professional player that spent time with the Colorado Foxes, Boston Storm, and NH Phantoms. He went on to an accomplished coaching career at the youth, collegiate and minor league levels.
Williams will bring years of experience in marketing and business development in the media, telecom, hardware and software industries.
“We are very excited to bring Valeo FC on board to the NPSL,” NPSL director of membership development Dina Case said. “This group brings previous NPSL experience to the table with a good understanding of the NPSL model and culture. We expect Valeo to be a strong business partner adding additional stability to the Northeast Region.”