A founding member of the Central Conference
The Springfield Demize is very excited to be a founding member of the Central Conference in the United Women's Soccer pro-am national league. The Demize soccer organization has been committed to developing the highest level of soccer at all ages and genders in Springfield Missouri since 2003. The merger this summer of our Demize youth academy with Sporting Springfield and the subsequent developmental partnership with Sporting Springfield and the Demize senior teams. As a result our organization has decided to reintroduce the Springfield Demize name and logo to showcase the direct relationship with Sporting Springfield, a youth soccer affilite of Sporting Kansas City. This partnership includes access to the new state of the art sports complex that is under construction and sharing the foundation of the youth programs core values with the senior teams. Springfield Demize’s UWS team sits as a female counterpart to the men’s side, which competes in the NPSL & PASL.
The Springfield Demize Head Coach will be Vernon Croft, the Director of Coaching for the girls program at Sporting Springfield. Vernon has a USSF A License, has coached at all levels of youth and college soccer as a head and assistant coach, including University of Akron, FIU, Indiana State University and Missouri State University.
"We are extremely excited about being a founding member of the Central Conference in the 2nd Division of Womens’s Soccer and look forward to how we can develop our players for potential opportunities in the 1st Division of the National Women's Soccer League." Stated Vern, "Furthermore, this level of soccer in Springfield is going to be a tremendous opportunity for our young women coming through the Sporting Springfield program from the littles who aspire to be World Cup stars to the high schoolers wanting to compete at the next level. We are also excited about being a place for collegiate players in need of a quality club to provide them the continued development during their summer breaks and a direct pathway to the women's professinal ranks."
The Springfield Demize is excited to announce Access Dental and Dentures as the teams title sponsor and the Thompson Auto dealership as two local companies that support both youth and women's soccer.
Chris Hanlon, the Demize Director of Soccer Operations stated, "The United Women's Soccer league was the platform that we felt best aligned with with how we want to continue to develop both youth, collegiate, and post collegiate players in Southwest Missouri. We are looking forward to the next chapter of women's soccer in Springfield."
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