Organization & Governance
The Hampton Roads Soccer Council is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, created in 1991, by a coalition effort of Beach FC, Virginia Rush, and Southeastern VA Women’s Soccer Association, to create a first class soccer facility for the benefit of soccer in Hampton Roads area. The Council is governed by a 22 member Board of Directors, with 12 representatives from the 4 affiliate organizations as well as At-Large members from the community.
The Hampton Roads Soccer Complex is located in Virginia Beach on 75 acres of property owned by the City of Virginia Beach and leased to the Hampton Roads Soccer Council for $1.00 per year. The land has been privately developed into 21 quality soccer fields, consisting of 7 small-sided fields and 12 full size Tifway Bermuda grass fields, plus 2 full size (75x115 yds) synthetic turf fields. All grass fields are fully irrigated with a Toro irrigation system.
Building and Amenities
The 2500 sq ft brick Headquarters Building provides restrooms, concessions, meeting room and first aid trainer’s room, along with staff office. The building is flanked by two 30x44 ft picnic pavilions which serve as tournament and event activity centers. Winding paved pathways lead to each fields as well as two other picnic shelters, the Fidler-Smith Memorial Garden, the Andrew Schliske Memorial Playground, and a 2nd restroom & concession building for the convenience of the back fields.
Development to date of $5 million has been funded by soccer community assessments, corporate donations, foundation grants and fund raising events such as the North American Sand Soccer Championships.
Over 7,500 soccer matches are played each year at the Complex including 8 regional tournaments, youth travel and advanced recreation matches, men’s, women’s and adult coed league matches, Special Olympics, State Cup and ODP events. Over the years, HRSC has been honored to be the site of the USYS Region 1 Championships, the US Club Soccer Regional Championships, the USASA Adult Coed National Championships, the US Club Soccer National Finals and the USASA Veteran's Cup.
The Soccer Complex is operated and maintained exclusively by the Hampton Roads Soccer Council staff, with all expenses funded by field rentals, concession sales and affiliate club assessments. No public monies are used to provide this recreational support facility for the City of Virginia Beach.
Activities at the Soccer Complex generate an annual economic impact of over $11 million from the over 60,000 out of town visitors attending soccer tournaments. In addition, the Complex provides recreational opportunities to over 15,000 residents of Virginia Beach.
The Hampton Roads Soccer Council began fund raising in 1991 with per player assessments, received two grants from the U.S. Soccer Foundation totally $135,000, Combined Federal Campaign and United Way of S. Hampton Roads donations, and has received numerous grants from private charity and soccer foundations. Total in-kind contributions from the community have totaled over $2.5 million.
The North American Sand Soccer Championships is the primary fund raising event sponsored by the Hampton Roads Soccer Council. All proceeds from this event are specifically directed to capital development at the Complex.