UPSL Recognized by the Green Globe Program for its Commitment to Sustainability and Community
UPSL Focused on Community Soccer Infrastructure Development with Sustainable Energy Solutions and Expanded Community and Youth Engagement Programs
October 10, 2017 – Los Angeles – The United Premier Soccer League (UPSL) has been recognized by Green Globe, the leading international sustainability brand, for its commitment to the environment, community, and youth engagement.
The UPSL’s sustainability commitment includes the planned development of soccer facilities across the United States with minimal environment footprints and expanded community-based programs.
Formed in 2011, the UPSL is the fastest-growing Pro Development soccer league in the the U.S. with more than 100 teams in communities across the nation. As part of its rapid and successful expansion, the UPSL is planning to develop additional infrastructure to support more players, community programs and greater local involvement.
There is a dire need for practice space for soccer players from youth to adult, and the UPSL intends to create an expanding network of practice facility locations in its communities. At these facilities, the UPSL will seek to employ energy efficiency, renewable energy, waste, recycling and other environmental sustainable features.
United Premier Soccer League Commissioner Yan Skwara said, “Clearly, there is more demand then there is supply when it comes to soccer fields or soccer facilities across the United States. This is a serious issue that needs to be addressed aggressively, and if you as a soccer executive don’t see that then you should not be in the business. Leagues, clubs, teams and players are constantly being turned down when it comes to having the proper soccer training facilities available for training or games and this is completely unacceptable. We are out of field space to be blunt, and we at the UPSL recognize that this is a major issue that affects our overall performance as a soccer nation. We are committed to making changes and focusing on facility infrastructure nationally. As a league, we need to be active in terms of our role as soccer operators across the United States. In conjunction with Green Globe, we want our facilities to minimize their environmental impact for good of the local communities and the world, and also to model the importance of sustainable practices for young people who are players and fans of the league and who participate in our programs. The need for soccer fields is critical, especially in urban areas, and our goal is to develop facilities that our teams can utilize daily, for community youth and adult leagues, for camps, clinics, practices and games where we can attract more people, and other community-oriented activities.
“For the UPSL, Green Globe is the ideal third-party sustainability association, due to its long history as a leading international sustainability symbol. Together, Green Globe and the UPSL will look to develop opportunities for cross-border and cross-cultural cooperation and involvement with soccer programs around the world.”
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With greater public demand for sustainable practices from the organization in their communities, the Pathway program helps its members identify additional methods and areas for sustainability improvement.
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Pathway to Sustainability Program Representative Andrew Beyer said, “Beyond just the health and wellness benefits of soccer, sport is an activity that inherently brings people and communities together, and we are pleased to bring the United Premier Soccer League into the Green Globe program. The fact that the UPSL is seeking to create urban community soccer facilities and that these facilities will be powered by renewable energy, will employ the best available energy efficiency features, as well as waste mitigation and recycling practices is a win on so many levels.
“Providing space in urban centers for youth to engage in physical activity and team pursuits like soccer is as critical to healthy communities as renewable energy and reduced waste. Green Globe looks forward to assisting in all aspects of the UPSL’s sustainability endeavors and help to create additional connections and opportunities for the league through the Green Globe network.”
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United Premier Soccer League
The UPSL was formed in 2011 and currently includes more than 100 teams in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. UPSL is the fastest growing Pro Development League in the USA, with 125-plus teams targeted for 2018 Spring 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).
More information about UPSL can be found at www.upslsoccer.com or by following the league on Facebook (www.facebook.com/upslsoccer) and Twitter (@upslsoccer).