ALBION Nation Expands With ALBION SC Riverside To Serve More California Youth Soccer Players
Youth Soccer News: ALBION SC continues its strengthen its national affiliate program ALBION NATION with the addition of ALBION SC Riverside. The youth soccer club begins to compete as ALBION SC-Riverside effective for the 2021-2022 season.
ALBION SC has announced the expansion within the ALBION SC National Affiliate program, welcoming ALBION SC Riverside, formerly Riverside City FC, a highly competitive youth soccer club in Riverside County, California. The new relationship will expand the ALBION SC platform and the national soccer club’s network throughout Southern California and help develop the Riverside and Inland Empire youth soccer soccer market. ALBION SC —with more than 10,000 youth soccer players and youth soccer clubs throughout the US — has quickly become an important vehicle advancing the growth of soccer.
Riverside City FC has joined one of the most elite youth soccer club affiliate programs in the nation and will have access to significant operational and strategic support as weil as immediate national recognition with the ALBION brand. ALBION SC Riverside players will also be able to take advantage of ALBION’s recruitment and scouting system, with its robust college placement program, the ASC Pro teams, and the professional clubs in its network.
ALBION SC affiliate program continues to successfully expand and add competitive youth soccer clubs because of its commitment to innovate and change the status quo.
“We are very excited to align with Riverside City FC,” said Noah Gins, CEO of ALBION. “We are proud to work with the people who built this club and the opportunity to build upon their established structure and team success.”
“Watson built Riverside City FC and has worked for years to evolve and develop soccer in Southern California. We have no doubt ALBION SC Riverside will become the market leader,” said Gins.
“We’ve been extremely impressed through this entire process meeting with the leadership team and unearthing the many ways our mindsets are aligned. ALBION SC Riverside leadership cares deeply for the Riverside community, its coaches, families and players they serve,” said Mark Santistevan, Chief Operating Officer of ALBION SC. “Youth soccer is evolving, bringing a new set of challenges and opportunities. We look forward to extending resources that will immediately propel the ALBION SC Riverside mission and bringing new opportunities that create the best youth soccer experience to the Riverside community.”
“Riverside City Football was founded on the principles of ‘Family-Football-Feeling,’ and we are extremely excited to affiliate with ALBION SC to continue our mission and vision.”Kevin Watson, Technical Director ALBION SC Riverside
“I have always respected the ALBION organization and leadership and have now witness firsthand why ALBION is so successful on the national stage in elite player development, player advancement and placement, club structure, club culture, club professionalism, and relationships,” said Kevin Watson, Technical Director ALBION SC Riverside
“I am extremely excited to promote the ALBION culture with our families and players and to provide opportunities and pathways that will help players develop and succeed on and off the pitch,” added Watson.
ALBION SC Riverside is based in Riverside County and plans to expand its player focused services and development opportunities throughout the Riverside and Inland Empire areas.
Its youth soccer teams currently participate and compete in both the US Youth Soccer and US Club Soccer models. Moving forward, ALBION SC Riverside will be able to take advantage of competing in the Elite Academy League (EA) and will strive to be part of other Elite National Platforms. The club will have the opportunity to send players into the National Elite Platform within ALBION SC. Players will immediately gain access to other Elite Pathways during the regular season and throughout the year, participating with MLS NEXT, Girls Academy (GA), and the DPL.
“We are extremely excited to become ALBION SC Riverside,” said Rick Paiz, Board of Directors. “This is an amazing opportunity for our players, families, and our club. We are grateful for the opportunity and cannot wait to get to work.”
“I am excited by the opportunity to partner with ALBION SC, a model Club with proven expertise in all areas of player and club development on a national level. I do not doubt that the influence of ALBION SC, its leadership, and coaching staff will benefit the whole Riverside soccer community for years to come,” said James Harrop, Director of Coaching of ALBION SC Riverside.
“We recognized the landscape of youth soccer in Southern California is changing rapidly. Being a part of the ALBION family will help us continue evolving and impacting Riverside and the surrounding cities.”Rick Paiz, Board of Directors
As a member of the ALBION Affiliate program, ALBION SC Riverside’s teams will gain opportunities to compete in the ALBION CUP National Showcase and other ALBION SC Affiliate Showcases and be a part of the ALBION SC NATIONAL Elite Showcase Teams comprised of top players from across the country all playing at ALBION SC Affiliate clubs.
Teams will compete under the ALBION SC-Riverside name effective for the 2021-2022 season.