USL Announces Partnership with Helogoal
German manufacturer becomes Official Goal, Shelter, and Mobile Arena Supplier for all league properties
TAMPA, Fla. – The United Soccer Leagues, LLC, announced today it had entered a multi-year partnership with Helogoal, establishing the world-renowned manufacturer as the Official Goal, Shelter, and Mobile Arena Supplier for all related properties, including the United Soccer League, USL’s Division III, the Premier Development League (PDL) and the Super Y League. The partnership extends the growth of the organization’s Preferred Supplier Program, which over the past six months has broadened to include leading businesses across a broad spectrum of professional league services.
Helogoal brings more than 40 years of experience manufacturing goals in Germany and is Europe’s leading manufacturer of aluminum sporting equipment. Helogoal’s goals, shelters, and mobile arenas for fan zone activation experience have been used at both the FIFA World Cup and the UEFA European Championships along with numerous top European leagues, making the organization a leader in its field around the world.
“We are delighted to welcome Helogoal as our Official Goal and Shelter Supplier,” said USL Chief Executive Officer Alec Papadakis. “We continually strive to raise the bar for our leagues and through this partnership our teams will have access to the very best field equipment available. Helogoal’s long history in the sport and their experience with the FIFA World Cup and UEFA European Championships are a testament to the quality of their products. We look forward to helping Helogoal expand their presence in North America.”
“Partnering with USL is a great opportunity as we both are in a growth phase in the American soccer landscape,” said Helogoal, Inc. CEO, J. B. Belzer. “Our goal, bench shelter, and Mobile Arena products provide USL, Division III, PDL, and SYL clubs with turn-key solutions for training fields as well as match day venues that will enhance the fan experience. We are excited to participate with United Soccer Leagues in the growth of soccer at all levels in the United States.”
The USL will oversee the expansion of an estimated 30–40 new franchises at the second and third divisions of professional soccer over the next five years, which will create opportunities for potential suppliers and vendors to support this growth.
Through its Preferred Supplier Program, the USL connects suppliers with new franchise owners and existing USL clubs in order to deliver the best possible experience for fans across North America. Preferred suppliers are “Best in Class” companies that provide services and products to professional franchises and stadium developers and must meet the USL’s strict quality standards. The USL is currently in discussions with suppliers that support stadium development, as well as the buildout of team front offices and operations.
For more information on the USL Preferred Supplier Program, contact Josh Keller at Josh.Keller@. uslsoccer.com
The USL is one of the most prominent Division II professional soccer leagues in the world, reaching a population of more than 75 million people to fuel the growth of professional soccer across North America. Headquartered in Tampa, Florida., the USL provides unparalleled club support with a growing team of more than 50 professionals across 17 departments, ranging from operations to marketing, communications and sponsorship.
The USL has national media partnerships with ESPN and SiriusXM, and operates USL Productions, which includes a state-of-the-art facility that will produce and distribute more than 500 league matches and more than 1,000 hours of original content to national partners, local affiliates, the USL’s Match Center and international markets over the 2018 season.
Helogoal, through its German manufacturer, Helo-Sport, has over 40 years of experience in producing aluminum sports equipment. We supply high quality, safe, portable soccer equipment, which we provide to large stadiums, for amateur clubs, schools and recreational sports facilities. Our production in Germany is now guaranteed by 80 specialists in the processing of aluminum. The manufacturing steps are efficient, and a detailed quality check is carried out after every step. All Helogoal products have the "Made in Germany" quality seal.