Hartford Athletic is an American professional soccer team based in Hartford, Connecticut. The club was founded in 2018 and started playing in the USL Championship in 2019. They are the only pro soccer team in Connecticut.
Hartford Athletic Youth Development System
The Hartford Athletic Youth Academy strives to provide a pathway to professional soccer for top local talent in the New England and Tri-state area. Led by Academy Director Robin Schuppert, the academy currently fields a Boys U15 team that competes in tournaments around the country, including the USL Academy Cup. More information on the development of further age groups in the academy, as well as a Girls Academy, will be coming later this year.
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Hartford Athletic ID Clinics
ID Clinics are designed for players looking to be evaluated and identified as part of our scouting and recruitment process for USL Championship, W League and Boys and Girls Academy and Academy Cup teams. Players will receive training and evaluation from our professional staff and have a chance to become part of our pro development pipeline. Dates will be announced for ID Clinics on their site by clicking here.
Hartford Athletic U14 Boys Academy Team
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Hartford Athletic Recruitment Trials
Hartford Athletic Boys and Girls Academy Tryouts are invitational. Apply via the link by clicking here for your age group and you will be notified if you are selected to try out. The Hartford Athletic Youth Academy strives to provide a pathway to professional soccer for top local talent in the New England and Tri-State area. Led by Academy Director Robin Schuppert, the academy currently fields a Boys U15 team that competes in tournaments around the country, including the USL Academy Cup. U14 and U12 Boys and Girls teams are forming for the Fall season.
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Dillon Stadium, which has a capacity of 5,500, hosts the club’s games. Despite the fact that it was not yet done, the 1935 stadium was refurbished and reopened on July 13th, 2019. On September 14, 2019, the stadium’s first night game was played under the stadium’s new lighting system, which was finished and put into service (Hartford Athletic vs. Louisville City FC).
The Athletic played their home games in Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field during the construction of Dillon Stadium. More than 11,000 people attended their first home game.
Connecticut’s Hartford Athletic fans are divided into five groups based on where they live in the state.:
- The 19th Regiment – The first supporters group founded in early 2019 shortly after the announcement of the club. Today, it represents supporters based out of the Greater Hartford area and Northern Connecticut.
- Mad Hat Massive – Independent supporters group representing members from Fairfield and Litchfield counties, with their home pub hosting the official supporters away days watch parties at TK’s American Cafe in Danbury where the Jell-O Shot tradition began. Members of the Independent Supporters’ Council.
- The Boonies – Members of the Mad Hat Massive in the greater Torrington area.
- Elm City Casuals – Independent supporters based out of the Greater New Haven area. They’re independent. They like pizza and riding trains. Members of the Independent Supporters’ Council.
- East Side Rising – Supporters group founded in 2020 to represent Eastern Connecticut, nicknamed “A Family of Fans.”
- Raza Brava – Latino-centric supporters group representing the greater Hartford area.
On the east end of Dillon Stadium, each group is run independently, yet they chant together during home games.
As one example, the supporters sing “Brass Bonanza,” which was also utilized by the former NHL team in the city (the Hartford Whalers) when they scored a goal. Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds” is also played at the start of games and when the opposing team scores a goal by the teams.