Local Ownership Group Takes Over NPSL Franchise Ozark FC
This month a group of local business people acquired the rights to Northwest Arkansas’ newest men’s amateur sports team. Ozark FC is the first expansion team in the Nationial Premier Soccer League (NPSL) in Northwest Arkansas.
Started in the summer of 2017, the ownership interest was located outside of the NWA area. As of March 29, local ownership, connected to the area, have been working to make the summer 2018 season a success. Three individuals have formed a partnership to develop, grow and create an outstanding semi-pro soccer environment for Northwest Arkansas.
Ozarks FC is coached by Scott Marksberry, Director of Athletics at Providence Academy in Rogers. Marksberry has 11 years of experience as a coach and athletic administrator. Previously, he served as the head coach for John Brown University’s men’s and women’s soccer programs.
For more information on the team visit the Ozark FC Facebook page. OzarkFC.com will be live soon with additional details.
WHO: Todd Carrigan of Centerton, AR; Scott Marksberry of Bella Vista, AR; and Oddvar Naustvik of Siloam Springs, AR
Ozark FC’s mission is to provide the Northwest Arkansas community the opportunity to enjoy high-level, fast-paced, semi-professional soccer in a family-friendly environment while giving back to local, regional and global youth organizations.
Ozark FC is a part of the Heartland Conference of the South Region and will compete against the the following teams: St. Louis Club Atletico, Tulsa Athletic, Little Rock Rangers, Springfield Demize and FC Wichita.
The semi-professional team will host its first home game May 26 at 7 p.m. at Veteran’s Park in Rogers. Games are open to the public. Children wearing their soccer team’s jersey will get in free.
The National Premier Soccer League is one of the fastest-growing soccer leagues in the U.S. and operates in over 90 markets. There are currently 98 NPSL teams across four regions and 12 conferences. The NPSL is sanctioned by the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), the governing body of soccer in the United States.