Maryland Bobcats FC Tryouts & Club Guide: History, Stadium, Players, and More!
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Maryland Bobcats FC is a professional soccer team based in Montgomery County, Maryland. The club competes in the National Independent Soccer Association (NISA), the third division of American soccer.
Maryland Bobcats FC Youth Development System
Maryland Bobcats Youth Academy, Inc. is a Maryland corporation established to create a comprehensive youth soccer program. Our programs create an environment where youth players can develop their soccer skills on the field and learn important life values through the sport of soccer.
Our Academy coaches are current players on our MBFC Pro team or have played soccer at the highest levels. Our programs are designed to prepare our players to take their game to the next level with the potential to move up the ladder in our club and join the Maryland Bobcats Reserve and – eventually – Professional team.
Maryland Bobcats FC Youth Academy Recruitment Trials
Registration for Maryland Bobcats FC Youth Academy tryouts for the 2022-2023 season are open!
To be considered for one of our teams and lock in a spot at our tryout dates in April and May, please register for our tryouts through the following link: https://www.marylandbobcatsfc.com/youth-tryouts
Maryland Bobcats FC Youth Academy Summer Training
Train with the Bobcats this summer! All sessions are run by MBFC Youth coaches, Reserve Team coaches, and Professional players! We have 3 sessions available. Sign up for 2 or 3 sessions and get a discount on registration!
Current Maryland Bobcats FC Youth players, be sure to contact your Team Manager for a discount code for being a part of the Bobcats family! Click here for more information and how to sign up.
Everton Youth Soccer Camps
Maryland Bobcats FC announces a youth soccer camp the week of July 11–15, co-hosted by Everton FC and Everton International Soccer Schools, to be held at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds, MD, home of Maryland Bobcats FC. The camp will serve as a leadup to the July 16 Everton FC vs. Arsenal FC match at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, home of the Baltimore Ravens.
“Being able to experience our Everton Soccer Camp at Maryland Bobcats FC at the same time as the Everton First Team is playing in Baltimore, will certainly add an extra dimension for participants. We hope it will give those taking part a chance to get even closer to our Club, gain an even deeper understanding of our playing philosophy and traditions, and what it means to be an Evertonian and part of our international family,” said Paddy Byrne, Everton International Academy Technical Lead.
The Everton club coaches designed the Soccer Schools, which will give youth players in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia (DMV) region the opportunity to develop their skills while having fun playing the beautiful game. The camp has dedicated sessions for different ages and skill levels, and welcomes players of all abilities. The four camp options are:
- Junior Toffees Soccer School (for players ages 5–7) (2 sessions each day)
- Development Soccer School (for players ages 8–14)
- Advanced Soccer School (for players ages 8–18)
- Goalkeeper Soccer School (for players ages 8–18)
To learn more about the Everton Soccer Camp at Maryland Bobcats FC, please click here.
Maryland Bobcats FC Recruitment Trials
At the time of this writing, there is no official academy/trial information for Maryland Bobcats 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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Maryland Bobcats FC History
The club first started out as a men’s amateur team as a method for friends to continue to keep in touch with one another and as a way for players to continue to keep match fit while searching for prospective possibilities to play professionally. As the club rose to popularity, it went through a series of name changes until settling on World Class Premier Elite as its official moniker. In the end, the club fielded two men’s teams, each of which competed in a different part of the metropolitan Washington, DC area.
WCP won the Spring Season championship in its respective Washington Premier League (WPL) and Maryland Major Soccer League competitions in 2018. (MMSL). Both leagues are part of the United States Adult Soccer Association (which is also their parent organization) (USASA). World Class Premier competed in the 2019 U.S. Open Cup qualification tournament in the fall of 2018, making it all the way to the championship round before ultimately losing in a penalty shootout against Virginia United FC. On November 30, 2018, it was announced that WCP would be the newest expansion team for the United Premier Soccer League in the state of Maryland.
The squad participates in the Northeast Conference and conducts its home games in accordance with the Minimum Standards of the UPSL at the football stadium located at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Maryland. The squad finished in first place in the Mid-Atlantic Division North during the regular season of the 2019 Spring sports season after posting a record of 9-0-1 (almost unbeaten) in the competition. It went on to win the Division playoffs, eventually prevailing in the final against Baltimore United FC after first defeating San Lee FC. On July 13, WCP was eliminated from the National Quarterfinals by Florida Tropics SC, who went on to win the tournament.
The next year, WCP finished the regular season with a perfect record, after which the team changed its name to Maryland Bobcats FC in the middle of the season. In the playoffs, the team went undefeated, winning five games in a row to earn first place in the Mid-Atlantic Division of the UPSL, the Northeast Conference, and ultimately the Fall 2019 National Championship.
In the championship match, which took place at the Buccaneer Field of Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida, the Bobcats prevailed against Santa Ana Winds FC by a score of 3–1 after extra time. It was announced on the 26th of September, 2019, that the club would be joining the National Premier Soccer League as an expansion franchise. The Bobcats, who were at one point recognized as WCP, were scheduled to start competing in the Mid-Atlantic Conference of the Northeast Region in the year 2020. Their home games were scheduled to take place at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Maryland.
On the other hand, the league stated in March 2020 that the 2020 season will not take place because of the epidemic. Late in 2019, it was revealed that the club would be changing its name to the Maryland Bobcats FC. The reorganization, which was announced by the club in the spring of 2020, will place the Professional team on top, followed by the Reserve Team (Maryland Bobcats FC II), and then the youth teams will be placed underneath the men’s teams.
The men’s teams will be accessible to the youth teams and vice versa. In addition, players who are identified as having potential will be brought up to the men’s teams to potentially train and travel with them. The Eastern Premier Soccer League made the announcement that the Maryland Bobcats had been accepted as a new member on August 6, 2020.
Midway through the month of July in the year 2020, it was announced that the Bobcats would be competing in the first-ever NISA Independent Cup. This was a regional tournament hosted by the National Independent Soccer Association, which was a USSF sanctioned Division 3 league, and it was played between the professional members of the NISA and independent pro/amateur teams. Before an increase in pandemic cases forced the postponement and relocation of the event, the Bobcats were scheduled to host the Mid-Atlantic Region of the competition at Maryland SoccerPlex.
Other teams participating in the competition were the New York Cosmos, FC Baltimore Christos, and New Amsterdam FC. On October 10, after repeated postponements due to inclement weather, the Bobcats were able to claim victory in the Mid-Atlantic area. The Bobcats made the announcement that they had applied to join NISA on July 27, 2020.
Should their application be successful, they would become the first professional outdoor soccer team in the state since the Crystal Palace Baltimore. On October 13, 2020, it was formally confirmed that Maryland would be joining the league, and the state’s intention is to begin playing in the fall of 2021.
Maryland Bobcats FC Stadium
Germantown, Maryland is the location of a sports complex known as the Maryland SoccerPlex, even though Boyds, Maryland is listed as its mailing address. The Maryland Soccer Foundation (MSF) manages the facility, which was finished in the year 2000 and features a total of 21 natural grass fields, 3 artificial turf fields, and 8 indoor courts that may be converted into volleyball or basketball courts. The capacity of the primary stadium, which is known as Maureen Hendricks Field, is 5,000.
In addition, the park features two miniature golf courses, a splash park, a driving range, an archery course, a community garden, a pond for model boats, a bike park with a linked jump line and a pump track, a tennis center, and a swim center. The park also features an archery course and a model boat pond.