Currently, Santa Barbara Sky FC is funded by an individual seed investor, Peter Moore, a Liverpool native and current Santa Barbara resident.
Moore is widely respected for his leadership in the business and philanthropy aspects of Futbol. He is known for his former positions as Senior VP of Global Sports Marketing at Reebok, President of Sega of America, and Corporate Vice-President of Microsoft‘s Interactive Entertainment Business division, overseeing the Xbox and Xbox 360 game consoles. From 2007 to 2011, he was head of Electronic Arts‘ EA Sports game division. In 2012, he was appointed COO of Electronic Arts.
In February 2017 he became CEO of Liverpool Football Club and in July 2020 Moore left Liverpool after completing his three-year tenure with the club.
Moore is currently forming the complete ownership group – that group will be finalized and announced in Q4 2022.
“Reach for the Sky” - Our mission is to amplify the phenomenal impact that soccer brings to communities; by bringing a professional club to our amazing & unique corner of the world. We have a clear and long-term vision of building on the community, civic, commercial, and cultural pillars that already exist in Santa Barbara. We are building a club that the young people in our community will dream of playing for. To learn more about our mission click here.
Yes! You can place a deposit for your season ticket now! Click here to place your season ticket deposit.
The Season ticket deposit places a ‘virtual place in line’ and priority seating for when season tickets become available. Santa Barbara Sky FC will have a variety of ticket options available that ensure the matches are affordable and attainable for everyone, including sections specific to supporters, youth soccer teams and students.
The $25 season ticket deposit places a “virtual place in line” and provides you priority seating for when season tickets become available. Santa Barbara Sky FC will have a variety of ticket options available to ensure that matches are affordable and attainable for everyone. We will have a variety of sections including fan support, youth soccer teams, group tickets, general admission, students, and VIP.
You will be able to select your seat in early 2024, plenty of time before the inaugural season begins.
Our home stadium will have tiered levels for seating options including but not limited to: general admission, premium seating, supporters section, behind the goal fan zone, corporate, and VIP sections.
Yes! As Santa Barbara Sky FC continues building, the club will work with supporters and focus groups in the region to develop a brand representative of Santa Barbara and the entire Central Coast region. In the months to come, the fan supporter group will begin forming. In the following months, the group will be meeting every other month to host watch parties, happy hours and more. If you are interested in joining the early access fan supporter group, email: email@example.com
We haven’t announced our season tickets pricing yet. But you will have plenty of options. If you secured your deposit and have changed your mind, don’t worry, you can transfer your deposit to other products (including merchandise) when we announce season ticket deposits.
The front office and technical staff will be hired in Q1 and Q2 2023. The club roster will be developed in preparation for the inaugural men’s and women’s season in March of 2024. Santa Barbara Sky FC’s Club President will be announced in Q1 of 2023.
Santa Barbara Sky FC will play its home matches at La Playa Stadium on the campus of Santa Barbara Community College (SBCC). Iconic ocean views and proximity to downtown make La Playa Stadium an ideal location for professional soccer and the club’s partnership with SBCC will provide benefits for students, local businesses, and the facility itself.
The California Central Coast is home to one of the most talented homegrown soccer communities in the country. SBSFC is committed to showcasing that talent, and will begin recruiting in Q3 of 2023 and will host open tryouts closer to the inaugural season in 2024.
Impacting more than 200 communities, the United Soccer League (USL) is the largest professional soccer organization in North America. The USL is the first and only soccer organization in the United States to build a youth-to-professional pathway for both women and men within one ecosystem. That structure includes three professional leagues: USL Championship (men), USL Super League (women), and USL League One (men); two national pre-professional leagues: USL League Two (men) and W League (women); and two national youth leagues: USL Academy and Super Y League.
The USL is shaping the future of soccer in America, leading the push for equality between men’s and women’s soccer, and aligning with the global game while igniting passionate fan bases across the country.
Since its launch in 2017, United Soccer League’s (USL) League One has quickly become the fastest-growing professional soccer league in North America. USL League One aims to bring professional soccer to fans in communities across the country and currently comprises 11 teams for the 2022 season.
Competing in communities with populations between 150,000 and one million residents, League One has brought the professional game to millions of people who previously had no access to a local professional soccer club.
As the nationally-sanctioned third division of American soccer, League One is focused on launching new clubs in diverse markets that possess strong local ownership groups, a proven appetite for the sport, and stadiums that properly showcase soccer’s unique ability to unite communities and use the sport as a vehicle for good.
Click here to learn more about USL League One.
Yes — the USL’s mission is to bring sustainable professional soccer to communities across the country. It is currently engaged in active conversations with 40-plus markets and has made the decision to take a proactive role in the initial structuring of those deals.
As the league’s presence increases around the country, it is committed to investing alongside committed, sophisticated ownership groups to build clubs that authentically represent their communities and use soccer as a force for good.
The USL League One season runs from March to October with playoffs running through the end of October.