Birmingham Legion FC is an American professional soccer club based in Birmingham, Alabama, that competes in the USL Championship, the second division of American soccer. The team was established in August 2017 and began its first professional season on March 10, 2019.
Birmingham Legion FC Youth Development System
The Birmingham Legion FC Academy consists of one team that will compete in the inaugural USL Academy League. The team is comprised of players aged U16 through U19 and operates in conjunction with Legion FC affiliated clubs. The purpose behind this model is to help identify and foster local talent with player development at the forefront.
Birmingham Legion FC Academy Mission
With player development at the forefront, our goal is to positively impact players in preparation for the collegiate and professional level.
We are committed to establishing a professional pathway for players across the state of Alabama. Identifying and developing homegrown talent will allow players the opportunity to one day compete with the Legion FC first team.
Birmingham Legion FC Academy Approach
Our affiliation with local clubs provides a network and platform to ensure the focus remains on long-term development.
Player development is our top priority. Through training sessions, matches, and tournaments, players will participate in a competitive environment that will enhance their technical and tactical skills.
Our first team staff takes an active role in development and oversight through consistent collaboration with academy staff and through monitoring the progress of Legion FC Academy players.
We are committed to incorporating our elite Academy players into first team training in order to develop their potential and exposure to a professional environment.
Birmingham Legion FC Academy D-League
For age groups U9 through U12, find more information about the Legion FC Development League by heading to our D-League page.
Birmingham Legion FC announced the formation of the Legion FC D-League, a developmental youth soccer league for boys and girls. The league joins boys and girls teams playing in U9, U10, and U11 divisions from local youth clubs and matches will take place in Spring and Fall.
For more information, visit legionfcdleague.com.
Birmingham Legion FC Recruitment Trials
At the time of this writing, there is no official academy/trial information for Birmingham Legion FC. Please come back at a later date while we monitor this club or click here to visit their official news section for more information.
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Birmingham Legion FC History
Division II of the United Soccer Federation granted Birmingham a team for the 2019 season on August 9, 2017, now known as USL Championship (the USSF’s sanctioned league). According to a report published on January 17th, 2018, a new team would take its place in Birmingham, a nod to the city’s original 1927 home stadium known as the “Legion Field.” In fact, the UAB Blazers soccer team will continue to play at BBVA Field.
Chandler Hoffman, a standout forward for the Real Monarchs, was the team’s first signing in July 2018. On March 10, 2019, they lost their first professional game 2–0 to Bethlehem Steel FC.
Birmingham Legion FC Stadium
Located in downtown Birmingham, Alabama, the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center Authority owns and operates Protective Stadium, a multipurpose stadium. The Protective Life firm will pay $1 million a year for 15 years for the name rights.
The UAB Blazers football team now plays its home games at the new stadium, which replaced Legion Field. On October 2, 2021, the Blazers played their debut game at the venue, falling to Liberty 36–12. The stadium hosted the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s football championship games in December 2021 as part of a three-year rotation with Bryant–Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa and Jordan–Hare Stadium in Auburn that will continue through at least 2032. The 2021 Birmingham Bowl was the first event in the new stadium to sell out; it was held at the stadium.
A few of the USFL’s 2022 games will take place in Birmingham’s Protective Stadium, while the remainder will be held at Legion Field. To begin with, Protective Stadium will host the USLC soccer team Birmingham Legion FC beginning in the 2022 season. Additionally, the stadium will serve as the location for the 2022 World Games’ ceremonial commencement and adjournment ceremonies.