United Premier Soccer League


UPSL Announces FPS FC as West Texas Expansion Team

Founded in 2014, Midland (Tex.)-Based Pro Development Club Joins UPSL
Published Dec 4, 2018

December 4, 2018 - Los Angeles - The United Premier Soccer League (UPSL) is pleased to announce FPS FC as a member starting with the 2019 Spring Season.

Based in Midland (Tex.), Farm of Professional Soccer (FPS) FC will begin play in the UPSL's Central Conference, and play its UPSL home games at Grande Communication Stadium (801 N. Loop 250 W, Midland, TX 79703) in compliance with UPSL's Minimum Standards.

United Premier Soccer League Central Conference Manager Matt Kahla said, "Raul Ruiz and FPS FC have created club culture in Midland, and we welcome the club to the UPSL's Central Conference. Along with sons Carlos and Sabas, FPS FC is already a local community success for what they do everyday to elevate local youth and adult players to college and professional ranks, and we look forward to seeing their talented players competing in the UPSL in the near future."

Raul Ruiz is the Founder of FPS FC. The owner of Midlands (Tex.)'s Ruiz Plumbing, Ruiz, 55, previously helped create Midland-Odessa Sockers FC (NPSL), of which he is still part-owner.

Sabas Ruiz is General Manager of FPS FC. A native of Midland (Tex.), Sabas Ruiz, 28, was a three-year varsity letterman at Midland High School and played one year at University of Texas-Permian Basin before moving on to three professional seasons in Mexico, debuting with Puebla's U-20s before playing Mexico City's Cruz Azul Hidalgo and Monterrey's Tigres UANL in the Mexico's second division. He also previously played for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL) and Sockers FC (NPSL).

FPS FC General Manager Sabas Ruiz said, "What we're trying to do is bridge the gap for our young players to be able to play on the highest platform available. We see that there's a market that needs filling and we're here for players to play competitive soccer under FPS FC from the Under-10s all the way to our new Under-23 team in the UPSL. We provide local players with an opportunity to play in front of local fans and get an honest chance to demonstrate their ability for scouts and teams at higher levels in a quality league like the UPSL."

Jair Olivares is the new Head Coach of FPS FC. A native of Mexico, Olivares, has a BA in Kinisiology from University Texas-El Paso and is set receive an MA in Educational Administration from Beaumont (Tex.)'s Lamar University in Spring 2019. He currently is a State Soccer Coach for the South Texas Youth Soccer Association, the Director of Coaching for El Paso (Tex.) Cosmos and an Assistant Coach for the El Paso Coyotes (MASL).

FPS FC operates 12 boys youth teams (2000s-'10s) in the West Texas Premier League, local leagues in Plano (Tex.) and Arlington (Tex.), and the Chamber Classic League in Dallas. The club also has featured a U-23 men's team which has participated in local associations and tournaments.

The club maintains a close affiliation with Sockers FC (NPSL), and had three of its U-23 players signed by the club last season.

Carlos Ruiz, 35, is Director of Communications for FPS FC. Also a three-year varsity career at Midland HS, Ruiz went on to play at Kerrville (Tex.)'s Shriner University, Laredo (Tex.)'s Texas A&M International and University of Texas-Permian Basin.

The club will host tryouts in January, and announce its upcoming game schedule soon.

About FPS FC

Farm of Professional Soccer (FPS) FC is an American Soccer club currently based in Midland, Tex., and a new member of the United Premier Soccer League. FPS FC will begin play in the UPSL's Central Conference.

Founded in 2014, FPS FC can participate in the qualifying rounds for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup through their affiliation and membership with the UPSL, the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) and the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA).

Direct: 432-416-6672
Facebook: www.facebook.com/farmofprofessionalsoccer
Instagram: @fps.fc

United Premier Soccer League

The UPSL was formed in 2011 and currently includes more than 300 teams in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. UPSL is the fastest growing Pro Development League in the USA, with 400-plus teams targeted for 2019 Fall Season. Each UPSL team is individually owned and operated, and is responsible for maintaining either UPSL Pro Premier Division or Championship Division minimum standards.

UPSL teams are all eligible to participate in the U.S. Open Cup Qualifying Rounds through the leagues affiliation with the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) and the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA).

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