Founded in 2015, South Georgia Tormenta FC is a professional soccer club based in Statesboro, Georgia. Tormenta FC competes in both the professional USL League One and the pre-professional USL League Two (formerly known as the Premier Development League), under the United Soccer League (USL), and has also established a thriving academy system throughout South Georgia and the Lowcountry of South Carolina. The club seeks to play an exciting brand of soccer featuring elite local, national and international players.
Starting competitive play in 2016, the club quickly established itself as one of the premier USL League Two teams across the United States before joining USL League One as the founding member of the league in 2019.
The club's senior team completed its first professional season with a 9-9-10 (W-L-D) record in 2019, establishing itself as one of the best defensive sides across the league. As a result, standout Tormenta FC defender Conner Antley earned All-League First Team and was named the League One Defensive Player of the Year.
Meanwhile, the pre-professional team has continued to thrive since beginning play. In 2018, TFC 2 finished its season as champions of the Deep South Division. In 2019, TFC 2 repeated as Deep South Division champions and also won the League Two Southern Conference title, reaching the League Two Semifinals for the first time in club history.
The club is constructing a new state-of-the-art 5,000-seat soccer-specific stadium in Statesboro. Planned to be built next to The Clubhouse on Old Register Road, the new venue will provide an exciting and authentic professional soccer experience for fans and players alike.
The USL League One team is led by John Miglarese, Head Coach and Vice President of Player Development, while the USL League Two team is led by assistant coach Ian Cameron.
The franchise majority owners are Darin and Netra Van Tassell. They live in Statesboro, Georgia and have two sons, Whitt and Payne.
Provide High-Level Soccer to the Region: Tormenta FC endeavors to provide local soccer fans with quality soccer entertainment through our own games and by supporting exhibition matches featuring professional teams from other leagues. A supporting goal is to provide financial stability to ensure a long-term presence in the Statesboro community. With this in mind, the franchise will focus on building a strong foundation within the local business community and with soccer supporters' groups. We will also work with community leaders to be a catalyst for a soccer-specific stadium, but first, we will establish the economic viability of our franchise to support this future goal.
Develop Elite Players and Prepare Them to Play at the Next Level: A priority for any franchise is to develop players who will be promoted to higher levels of the sport. While we will field a team that can compete for championships, it is more important to cultivate their talent by providing an experienced coaching staff, a professional environment and high-level competition.
Serve as a Resource within the Statesboro and Savannah Soccer Community: As South Georgia’s soccer team, Tormenta FC intends to support youth clubs, school and university teams and adult leagues by offering additional programs. Initial services include providing clinics for high school coaches, partnering with referees to provide training for high-level matches and working with our medical partners to educate coaches and participants on sports medicine. Long-term goals include leveraging our position to support the promotion of state and regional youth soccer tournaments and provide opportunities for soccer participants that face economic challenges. The growth of our youth soccer academy remains a chief priority of the franchise.
Develop Strong Local Partnerships: Tormenta FC will conduct business operations in a professional manner to foster long-term relationships with businesses and organizations. It is our desire to partner with area-owned businesses as sponsors, and buy locally for our organization when possible.