The Flower City Soccer League (FCSL) is a not for profit organization that serves children in the City of Rochester. FCSL provides soccer instruction and league play to youth ages three years old through their graduation from High School. The Flower City Soccer League contributes to the personal, physical, and academic growth of urban youth through soccer.
Several Flower City Players have been given the opportunity to participate in the Empire United Soccer Academy. This is an elite soccer program which will give the boys the opportunity to compete at a high level and also give them exposure to college recruiters and professional scouts. Empire United has made the boys a generous offer yet there are still costs that must be covered including a reduced participation fee, travel and food expenses for away games,and tournaments. Llinks to each of the boys' BIO are on the "Meet The Team" section.
About 6 years ago Michael Lopez began taking some of the more talented boys from FCSL to tournaments in the area as a Select team.This team becam a premier level travel team called Flower City United. Made of young men from the City of Rochester who played in FCSL most of their soccer playing lives, the team quite literally reflects the great diversity of the Rochester population. These young men are African American, Liberian, Tanzania (refugees from Burundi/Rwanda), Somalia, Burma (Karen Refugees) Nepal, Puerto Rican, Colombian and Italian.
In 2011 they were coached by Eric Foss who as a youngster living in Rochester Eric played soccer in FCSL. Eric’s passion for soccer kept him playing throughout high school and college at Geneseo. Following college he obtained work in the Rochester area and began volunteering with FCSL and eventually took over training the select team players. In 2015 the Boys were coached by another Geneseo Graduate, Patrick Lynch.
The boys first played travel soccer as a U12 team, competing in and winning number of local tournaments and competing well at the AC Milan continental Cup in Cleveland. As a U13 squad they entered the Second Division of the Thruway League, the Premier League run by the New York State West Youth Soccer Association. Following a second place finish in the Thruway League they were promoted to the first division where they competed well through the 2015 season
In 2015, Flower City United also had 8 players participating in the Olympic Development Program (ODP). Players tryout at the state levels through the winter and into the spring and if selected represent their Sate Association at the Region 1 tournament in June. In 2015 FCSL had 8 players selected to the tournament team rosters in 3 age groups, all starters representing NYSWYSA (New York State West Youth Soccer Association)
The end of the 2015 season brought the realization that, despite the best efforts of the players and coaches, the boys could not receive the exposure to national and college coaches and competition they deserved. We therefore explored a cooperative agreement with Empire Soccer Academy to provide the boys advanced levels of training, and opportunities to play against the best teams across the country. Empire has made a generous offer to our players who, in 2016 will play on Empire’s U16 and U17 teams. The boys will have the opportunity to compete in showcase tournaments across the Eastern United States and Canada.
Flower City now must raise an estimated $18,000. This amount will cover the training fees per player, uniform and equipment costs, and the costs associated with traveling out of area covering transportation, lodging and meals. Each player is required to contribute at least $250 and be active in the fundraising process. Anything you contribute goes directly to assisting these boys.
If you prefer and for donations over $500.00 please donate by check made out to Flower City Soccer League, Inc. and mail to
Flower City Soccer League, Inc.
496 Lake View Pk.
Rochester, NY 14613