Flower City Union is a professional soccer team based in Rochester, New York. The club competes in the National Independent Soccer Association (NISA), the third division of American soccer.
Flower City Union Youth Development System
The Homegrown Program is designed to nurture the development of local youth soccer & create modern first-team caliber professional players. Flower City Union is committed to accomplishing this by continuously setting the standard for local player development through passion, inclusion, innovation, & excellence. Our offerings are available to all players and coaches and becoming a Homegrown Partner is and forever will be cost-free for all clubs.
The Homegrown Program takes three forms:
First is the Player where we develop a competitive mentality, holistic game intelligence, and technical proficiency through a player-centered environment with an interconnected curriculum focusing on cognitive & athletic development in real situations.
Second is the Coach, where we use engagement initiatives designed to inspire, educate, and involve all coaches in the growth of Rochester soccer.
Our final piece is the Parent, where we use engagement initiatives designed to inspire, educate, and immerse parents deeper into their child’s sports experience.
For more information on the Flower City Union Homegrown Partner Program, please complete the form by clicking here.
Flower City Union Recruitment Trials
Flower City Union believes in being open and accessible to all. Players interested in a First Team trial can fill out the form which will be reviewed by our coaches. A member of our technical staff will then reach out to players of interest to coordinate a trial.
Please note that all interested players must complete the form, email their CV, and submit payment for their information to be reviewed. To submit a form, please click here.
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Flower City Union History
Rochester’s long-running professional soccer team, the USL’s Rochester Rhinos, announced in 2017 that they would be ceasing operations beginning with the 2018 season. The sabbatical would last for two years. Since 1995, Rochester has not had a professional soccer team, and with the departure of the Rhinos, the city’s stadium, Marina Auto Stadium, is without a tenant.
This is the first time since 1995 that Rochester has been without a professional soccer team. In the year 2020, a local ownership group led by David Weaver, who had previously worked as an optical engineer for Kodak and was the CEO and founder of Rochester-based Aphex BioCleanse Systems Inc., put in an application for a National Indoor Soccer League club in Rochester. Mark Washo, who had previously served as Chief Business Officer for the Rhinos, was given the position of Managing Director and Chief Commercial Officer. Subsequently, the organization established a cooperation with the Sport Management Department at St. John Fisher College.
The NISA gave its approval to the group’s expansion proposal in December 2020, and shortly thereafter, the team was introduced to the public with the name Flower City Union. This was a reference to Rochester’s moniker as the Flower City. The team’s primary color is lilac purple, which was chosen on April 14, 2021, in remembrance of Rochester’s official flower, the lilac.
The logo was unveiled on the same day. Flower City Union made the announcement on June 24, 2021, that it would incorporate the Rochester Lancers of the National Premier Soccer League and the Rochester Lady Lancers of United Women’s Soccer within its organization after the conclusion of the respective summer 2021 seasons for both of those teams.
Flower City Union’s first team and the organization’s Homegrown Partner Program would both benefit from the participation of an NPSL team that would serve as a developmental squad. The Homegrown Partner Program would continue to provide assistance to the UWS club, ensuring that it maintains its position as the premier squad in Rochester. The year 2022 marked the beginning of the club’s participation in the NISA league.
Flower City Union Stadium
The Rochester Community Sports Complex Stadium, popularly known as the “downtown soccer stadium,” is located within the Rochester Community Sports Complex in Rochester, New York. It is a stadium that is specifically designed for the sport of soccer. The Rochester Lancers and Lady Lancers of the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) and the University Women’s Soccer (UWS), respectively, called it home as recently as 2018.
The Flower City Union of the National Independent Soccer Association moved into the stadium in 2022 to make it their home field. The Rochester Rhinos of the United Soccer League (USL), the Rochester Rattlers of Major League Lacrosse (MLL), and the Western New York Flash of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) have all played at this stadium in the past.
In addition to concerts, the stadium regularly plays host to collegiate soccer matches, games and practices for the Rochester Rhinos Elite youth soccer team, American football, field hockey, and drum and bugle corps competitions. On occasion, the stadium also plays host to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) Section V football championship and the Far West Regional championship (played between Sections V and VI). A youth sports complex is run on the property, which is owned by the City of Rochester and used by the city.