OKC 1889 FC is an American soccer club founded on 1th February 2018 in Oklaoma City which plays in the United Premier Soccer League (UPSL).
The Fighting Imps
The OKC 1889 FC Mission
OKC 1889 FC was created with a vision to have a positive impact far beyond the soccer field. With the guiding ideology of “community first”, the OKC 1889 promise will always place the quality of life of players, fans, staff, and community as top priority.
Through the game of soccer, OKC 1889 FC will serve the community, encouraging local talent to reach heights they never thought possible. OKC 1889 FC will give proud, committed, dedicated Oklahoma players the opportunity to showcase themselves on a national stage and the chance to follow their dreams. The player environment is designed to give amateur players a professional experience, encouraging the self-respect, sacrifice, and high standards that will serve through not just a career in the game, but in a lifetime of leadership.
In 2014 Oklahoma City businessmen Dustin Hooker and Mr. Mark Moore identified the need for semi-professional soccer in Oklahoma City. The pair had been approached on numerous occasions by college players who expressed that there was nothing around for local amateur players to aspire to.
During the summer of 2015 the overwhelming need for amateur adult soccer in OKC birthed the OKC Pulse. With Dustin Hooker directing soccer operations, the Pulse began training to compete against various teams throughout the region. The Pulse would go on to get matches verse the FC Dallas reserve team, and eventually participated in a series of games in Tulsa against the Rayados U20 side from Monterrey, Mexico. It was in those months the Pulse proved to have the quality in their side to compete at the next level.
With the prior success, Moore and Hooker had reached a decision to grow the club. The new model would require a full re-brand and a larger ownership group to help oversee operations. While future planning was underway, the team began play in a provisional summer schedule as the “Fighting Imps.”
By fall of 2017, a complete partnership group was in place. With the addition of local businessman Mike Nelson, and founder of FC Wichita, Blake Shumaker, the group immediately began to evolve the club vision.
First, they decided the “Fighting Imps” name would stay and be a team nickname, but the club itself would brand to represent Oklahoma City as “OKC 1889.” The identity would pay homage to Imps players and supporters, while also broadening the reach beyond soccer fans and into the hearts of Oklahoma City residents.
Colours and Badge
OKC 1889's players wear a copletely purple uniform.
Official website: https://okc1889.com/