Forward Madison FC is a professional soccer team based in Madison, Wisconsin. The club competes in the USL League One, the third division of American soccer.
Forward Madison FC Youth Development System
Want to take your technical skills to the next level? If so, now’s your chance to train with some of the best youth players in the Madison area!
Our supplemental training sessions for the more experienced, advanced soccer players begin at the end of March and will run through the end of May. Each of these sessions will last approximately 90 minutes from 3-4:30pm. The training will be led by Forward Madison FC players and staff, actively coaching camp participants through a multitude of technical work and small-sided games.
There will be eight clinic sessions that take place at Breese Stevens Field on Sunday evenings. To learn more about this training, please click here.
Forward Madison and Eintracht Frankfurt Training
This camp, powered by FMFC, will host one, four-day-long camp in Madison for age groups 10-13 and 14-18. This camp will run August 1-4 at Breese Stevens Field in Madison. The Eintracht Frankfurt Youth Soccer Camp will be led by UEFA Pro Licensed Coach and former Bundesliga player, Armin Kraaz. Kraaz appeared in 123 Bundesliga fixtures and assistant managed the Eintracht Frankfurt first team in 2001. Nicolai Adam, Head of International Sports with Eintracht Frankfurt, will also be assisting in the running of this camp.
Appearances from several FMFC coaches and players will occur during this camp. All participants will receive a full Eintracht Nike training kit including a training top, shorts, and socks. This elite skills camp will cost $250 per participant.
This camp is the latest in the partnership between Forward Madison and Eintracht Frankfurt. These camps help players of all skill levels level up their game and further the youth soccer initiative in the state of Wisconsin. To learn more about this training, please click here.
Forward Madison Summer Camps
Do you want to keep your child entertained and active over the upcoming summer? If so FMFC’s got the camp for you!
Our Half-Day Camp is open for beginner to intermediate soccer players in the Madison area and is designed for children from kindergarten through 8th grade to enroll in. The sessions are run by experienced professional camp staff and will feature appearances by FMFC players and staff, so your child is sure to have a blast!
Forward Madison FC Recruitment Trials
At the time of this writing, there is no official academy/trial information for Forward Madison 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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Forward Madison FC History
Big Top Events, which owns the Madison Mallards and has operated Breese Stevens Field since 2015, made the announcement in January 2018 that they planned to bring a soccer team to Madison, which would begin play in early 2019. As a component of the proposal, Big Top Events intended to attempt to renegotiate its contract with the City of Madison in order to get funding of two million dollars for the renovation of the stadium.
Big Top Events desired to have a lease that was extended for a longer period of time in addition to an increase in the number of concerts held at the stadium, an increase in the number of workers working at the venue, and $1.6 million from the city for the purpose of upgrading the facilities. The new ten-year contract between Big Top Events and the City of Madison was approved by the City Council on May 15, 2018. The city committed to contributing $1.3 million for the enhancement of the facilities as part of the agreement.
This entailed expanding the stadium to a capacity of 5,000 spectators and providing more seating. As a direct result of this, on May 17, 2018, it was formally confirmed that Madison would be joining USL League One as the fourth founding member. In March of 2019, play began in the professional league, which is the third division in the system of soccer leagues in the United States. As of right now, the only outdoor professional soccer team playing in the state of Wisconsin is the Madison squad, which made history by joining the league as the first team established in the Midwestern United States.
After the news was made public, Peter Wilt was assigned to the position of managing director of the team. Wilt is well-known for being involved in the establishment of new clubs. Madison was the sixth club that Wilt assisted in launching; before, he was involved in the establishment of teams like as the Chicago Fire and the Indy Eleven. In June of 2018, Madison Pro Soccer launched an online voting competition titled “Name Your Club” to solicit suggestions for a name for the squad. Traditional football team names like “Madison United FC” and more humorous options like “Holsteins,” “Madison Curds,” and “77 Square Miles SC” were among the names that were being contemplated for the new team.
It was revealed on the 16th of July that the final vote would be between the names “Forward Madison FC/SC” and “AFC Madison.” During a ceremony held on November 18, 2018, at the Wisconsin Historical Society, the name Forward Madison FC was revealed to be the club’s official moniker. At the same event, the team’s logo and colors were also revealed. The word “Forward” is emblazoned over the state seal of Wisconsin.
The appointment of Daryl Shore as Madison’s first ever head coach was made public on September 27th, 2018. Additionally, he will act in the capacity of the team’s technical director. Prior to that, Shore had held a variety of positions at Chicago Fire, where he worked alongside Peter Wilt. In 2017, Shore was the interim coach of Real Salt Lake.
The first player to join with the squad was Don Smart in September of 2018, and the news of his signing was shared on October 24. On December 7, 2018, the club made the announcement that it had reached an affiliation agreement with Minnesota United FC of Major League Soccer for the upcoming year. After the first season of the club’s existence, Peter Wilt decided to leave and accept a post with the league, where he would be responsible for the development of fans organizations and the assistance of teams with their fan involvement.
The Forward Madison FC and the Chicago Fire FC of Major League Soccer came to an affiliation deal on March 5, 2020, and it was revealed that the partnership would last for one year. Carl Craig was named the head coach and technical director on December 1, 2020, and the announcement was made public. Before moving on to other opportunities, Craig was the head coach of the NASL club Minnesota United. Craig was let go after the 2021 race, in which he finished in ninth place. Matt Glaeser was brought on board as the team’s head coach and technical director in the years leading up to the 2022 season.
Forward Madison FC Stadium
Madison, Wisconsin is home to a stadium that may be used for a variety of events called Breese Stevens Municipal Athletic Field. It is the oldest masonry grandstand in existence in the state of Wisconsin, and it can be found on the Madison Isthmus, about eight blocks northeast of the Wisconsin State Capitol. Breese J. Stevens (1834–1903) served as a mayor of Madison and as a regent for the University of Wisconsin–Madison. In accordance with the intentions of his widow, who sold the land to the city, the field is called in honor of Breese J. Stevens. The structure was given the honor of being called a Madison Landmark in the year 1995, and in 2014, it was accepted for inclusion on both the National Register of Historic Places and the Wisconsin State Register of Historic Places.
There are almost 5,000 seats available at the facility, but that number may be increased to 9,333 for events. It is the home field for sports teams representing Edgewood College, Madison East High School, the Madison 56ers, an amateur soccer team, the Madison Radicals, a semi-professional ultimate frisbee team, and Forward Madison FC, a soccer team that competes in USL League One.
It has played host to events such as the girls’ soccer tournaments held by the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association as well as an exhibition match of Australian football. In addition, events such as ice skating, boxing, wrestling, lacrosse, track and field, midget car racing, rodeos, circuses, drum and bugle corps competitions, concerts, and fraternal and religious gatherings have all taken place on this field.