What is Kingston Stockade FC?

The KINGSTON STOCKADE FOOTBALL CLUB (Stockade FC) is a men's soccer club based in Kingston, NY that competes in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) which is in the 4th division of the US soccer pyramid.  The club was founded in 2015 and played it's first season in 2016.

Stockade FC represents not only Kingston, but also the entire Hudson Valley. We starting the club from scratch, and we invite you to join us to help make it something that everyone from Kingston to Poughkeepsie, Newburgh to Hudson, Beacon to Albany can feel a part of. We want to compete, have fun, and, most importantly, be a part of the community.   

Our home games at Dietz Stadium are designed to bring people together in uptown Kingston, and we encourage people to visit the local merchants and experience the weekly Kingston Farmer’s Market.  We expect our club to produce a positive economic impact for both Kingston and surrounding towns as well as showcasing the level of talent and enthusiasm that exists for soccer throughout the Hudson Valley.

 

Why “Stockade FC”?

Kingston is a city rich in history which stems from the original Dutch settlers of the mid-1600s.  This history can be found everywhere from the stone homes lining the streets of uptown Kingston and within the “Stockade District” named for the wooden fortification originally built to protect the Dutch settlement.  Stockade FC will build upon this history.  

Dutch settlers building a stockade wall, similar to the one once found protecting Kingston, NY. North Wind Picture Archives / Alamy Stock Photo

Dutch settlers building a stockade wall, similar to the one once found protecting Kingston, NY.
North Wind Picture Archives / Alamy Stock Photo

Original map of the area protected by Kingston's stockade fence in 1695.
via James Werner

 

Where does the team play?

Stockade FC plays at Dietz Stadium in Kingston, NY.  Dietz has a capacity of 1500. and the field is a five minute walk from the historic Stockade District in uptown Kingston.  

 

What is the NPSL?

The National Premier Soccer League (NPSL)  is a national league that operates in the 4th Division (D4) of the U.S. Soccer pyramid. There are currently 65 teams in the NPSL that are based around the country.  The top finishers in the NPSL are eligible to participate in the U.S. Open Cup each year, alongside qualifiers from the MLS (D1), NASL and USL (D2). 

 

Who does the team play?

The NPSL is currently split into four regions (Northeast, South, Midwest and West) and 13 different conferences.  We competing in the NPSL's "Atlantic White" conference (within the Northeast region).  

In our inaugural season(2016) our clubs' record was 5 wins, 8 losses, 3 ties.  We're looking forward to competing again starting May 2017.

 

What do the kits look like?

For the 2016 and 2017 season, we kept our kits a strong and simple black & white.  White kits are for home matches, dark kits are for away games. You'll see Old Kingston's stockade fence represented on the front & back of both jerseys while the orange accents give a nod to Kingston's rich Dutch heritage and history. 

 

Who is behind the club?

Our club is be operated as a 501(c)3* (non-profit) chaired by Dennis Crowley of Marbletown, NY.  Randy Kim is our General Manager. Our Board of Advisors includes Greg Lalas (MLS), Michael Milberger (MLS) and Dan Hoffay (American Outlaws Hudson Valley).  

Our 2016 season was so successful thanks to the support of an army of volunteers and supporters, including:  Kale Kaposhilin, Dan & Nick Hoffay, Marjorie McCord, Dan Stone, Mike & Shana & Noah & Simon Circe, Chris & Landry Masters, Valerie & Bob Carelli, Theresa Hans, Andrea Hayman, Jordan Koschei, Emily McCord, Elijah Appelson, Luke Kunar, Cody Cavalari, Christopher Short, The Dutch Guard, POOK (special shoutouts to Jim Fitzmorris & Micah Blumenthal), Shauna Keating, JP Hamilton, Ed, Roy, Terri, Mario, Will Kuhns, Andrea Kahn, Steve Patch, Tommy Keegan, Lisa Hantes, Kingston Mayor Steven Noble. 

We are actively looking for supporters and volunteers who will be able to help with our 2017 season.  If you are interested in helping us build and shape the club, please contact us.

* Kingston Stockade Football Club is operating as a non-profit via fiscal sponsorship under Innovative Charitable Initiatives, Inc., (ICI) a 501(c)3 tax exempt charitable organization. A copy of ICI’s latest annual report may be obtained upon request by writing to Innovative Charitable Initiatives, Inc., 272 Broadway, Albany, NY 12204 or from the New York State Attorney General’s Charities Bureau, 120 Broadway, 3rd Floor, New York, New York 10271.

 

How can I help?

If you’re interested in learning more or helping out, please let us know -- we’re looking for volunteers to help with everything from marketing and advertising, to accounting, game day logistics, and travel coordination.  Please contact us if you’d like to be a part of what we’re building.