Community

“What Do We Stand For?”

Midland-Odessa FC are committed to being distinguished stewards of our community, and we willingly accept an obligation to make tangible, positive impacts in the lives of our families, friends, and neighbors with our franchise.

A core element of the mission of this organization is to grow and promote the game of soccer in the Permian Basin. To this end, the Club hosts clinics throughout the year and also makes its players and mascots available for appearances at civic events. Midland-Odessa FC also provides donations for charitable events and community causes. In 2012, the franchise’s contributions to Permian Basin organizations totaled more than $196,000.

Since Midland-Odessa FC provides the highest level of the game within 300 miles of Midland, we are able to give local players, away at college, an opportunity to continue their development here at home, in front of their families and friends. Additionally, young athletes who may not have the opportunity to leave the city for college are still able to hone their skills and enjoy the sport.

Lastly, Midland-Odessa FC — with the RockHounds and the Scharbauer Sports Complex — provide a real, significant economic impact for local businesses, as the team draws new visitors and new dollars to the area throughout the summer.

Midland-Odessa FC is a community team: we are proud to be in such a strong, friendly region and we remain committed to providing the highest level of fun, family entertainment to our neighbors and friends.

“How Can I Get Involved?”

Every day, Midland-Odessa FC are investing in this community — and we hope that the community will take pride in their team and invest in us.

Outlined below are four key opportunities to directly impact these players and demonstrate your support for West Texas kids.

When you partner with the Sockers, be assured that your resources are directly helping the Club’s operations in:

  • Providing housing, equipment, and meals to players (NCAA regulations do not permit them to be paid, so the Club covers all in-season expenses).
  • Free and discounted tickets for youth in the community who cannot afford to attend games.
  • Community clinics and outreach programs to teach these kids about the game of soccer.
  • Youth initiatives in local schools that promote four key messages:
    1. Stay in School
    2. Work as a Team
    3. Be Physically Fit
    4. Say “No” to Drugs
  • Promotional sponsorships to provide fun, family entertainment to the Permian Basin.
  • Law Enforcement and Youth Engagement Programs: supply local police officers with tickets to give to kids observed making a positive difference in the community.

“Who are We?”

The Midland-Odessa Futbol Club — “Sockers FC” and formerly the West Texas Sockers — is the Permian Basin’s only elite soccer organization. During the 14-game, summer schedule, Midland-Odessa FC brings our community the highest level of soccer from Lubbock to San Angelo and El Paso to Dallas. We are a true community organization, recruiting players from local high schools and clubs, as well as top regional university squads. To protect the athletes’ NCAA eligibility, they are not paid for their performance with the team.

Created in 2009, Midland-Odessa FC plays in the National Premier Development League, which is the pinnacle level of organized soccer in the United States below the professional leagues sanctioned by the United State Soccer Federation.

After earning a postseason berth and being named the PDL’s Rookie Franchise of the Year that season, the team has continued to earn national recognition. The Sockers have had two Southern Conference Goalkeepers of the Year: Leif Craddock in 2010 and Alonso Jimenez in 2012; Jimenez was also a finalist for the national award that season.

As well, the Club has led the Mid-South division in attendance every year of its existence. In 2012, the Sockers drew 1,275 fans per match, just ahead of the Austin Aztex at 1,269. Overall, the franchise had the sixth-highest attendance in the 73-team PDL that summer. The league average attendance for 2012 was 474. The Sockers have ranked in the top ten in national attendance every year since its creation in 2009.

The Sockers are owned and operated by the Midland RockHounds Professional Baseball Club, an icon of our area for the past 44 years. In that time, the RockHounds have drawn almost eight million fans and been recognized numerous times for their outstanding service to West Texas and the game of baseball.

Franchise Accolades

  • 1990, 1994, 2002, 2011 Texas League Organziation of the Year
  • 2007 John H. Johnson President's Trophy
  • 2009 Premier Development League Rookie Franchise of the Year

General Manager Monty Hoppel

  • 2010 Baseball Americal Minor League Executive of the Year
  • 1991, 1995, 2002, 2009 Texas League Executive of the Year

 

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