UPSL Announces Further Expansion into Pacific Northwest with Seattle, Washington side Holac FC 

December 30th, 2022

The United Premier Soccer League (UPSL) is proud to announce further expansion into the Pacific Northwest region with the addition of Holac FC. Based in Seattle, Washington, the semi-pro side will take part in the league’s highly competitive and ever-growing Pacific Northwest Conference – Premier Division. The team will be the league’s eighth addition from Washington state. 

Seeking a national platform to compete on after excelling against local competition, the team is owned by Abdullahi Ainan, who believes his side are now ready to compete for a national championship.

“We’re an ambitious club with loads of experience. We’ve travelled across the US competing in various adult soccer competitions, most recently winning the 2022 Semcy Cup in Toronto, Canada. We’ve also just recently launched our academy program to help supplement our very successful adult team.” 

Established in 2018, Holac FC is a soccer club built within the vibrant, immigrant community of South King County, Washington, one of the largest and most diverse counties in the US. With a strong connection to the local soccer community, the club believe now is the right time to compete on a national platform and help shine a spotlight on the local soccer talent in King County and the surrounding Seattle-area.

Owner Abdullahi Ainan explains “We are beyond thankful to be welcomed with open arms in the UPSL. We are very proud and excited to be in this position to take our talented team to the next level. We believe this is the start of something beautiful and we will continue to make strides and progress as far as we can. 

UPSL Commissioner Yan Skwara said “We are very excited to announce the addition of Holac FC to the UPSL Pacific Northwest Conference as we all prepare for upcoming Spring season. The Seattle / Portland area is an exciting market with great talent on both the player and coaching side. Holac FC is a representation of the quality football that exists in the Pacific Northwest.” 

Haloc FC are set to make their UPSL debut this coming Spring in the Pacific Northwest Conference, and will look to take the Pacific Northwest title from current champions Deportivo Rose City. 

About the UPSL

The UPSL was formed in 2011 and occupies the unofficial fourth tier of US Soccer. Across its Premier, Division 1 and Womens leagues there are more than 400 teams competing nationwide. The UPSL is now the largest Pro Development League in North America and is a National Affiliate member of the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF). Each UPSL team is individually owned and operated. UPSL teams are eligible to participate in the U.S. Open Cup Qualifying Rounds through the league’s affiliation with USSF.

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