Detroit City FC announced it's launching a women’s team


Detroit City FC at Keyworth Stadium. - JON DEBOER/DCFC
  • Jon DeBoer/DCFC
  • Detroit City FC at Keyworth Stadium.

Detroit City Football Club announced the creation of a DCFC women’s team during Saturday’s match against Napa Valley 1839 FC at Keyworth Stadium.

“It’s something we’ve always had on our mind,” Detroit City FC CEO Sean Mann tells Metro Times. DCFC hosts a number of youth teams, and Mann emphasized the importance of having female role models for the players in the girls’ league.

“It was time for them to have a team to look up to,” he adds.

In spring 2020, the team will begin competing in United Women’s Soccer in the Midwest Conference. United Women’s Soccer is a second-division national league below the National Women’s Soccer League.

Authorized by U.S. Soccer, UWS was designed to bridge the gap between college soccer teams and professional leagues. The Midwest Conference of UWS includes teams such as AFC Ann Arbor, Detroit Sun, Grand Rapids FC, Lansing United, and Michigan Legends. The DCFC women’s team will play home games at Keyworth Stadium.

Mann says DCFC is currently speaking with coaching candidates, who will then choose players for the new team. “I think the bulk of the squad is going to be local talent,” Mann says. Given the national reputation of DCFC, he also predicts players from around the country will join the team.

In a press release, Mann indicated that the creation of a women’s team furthers the organization’s mission of representing the Detroit community. He says he's confident the women’s games will generate the same enthusiasm as the men’s games.

“We’ve kind of redefined what attendance looks like for a men’s team at our level. We hope we can get the same turnout for the women’s team.”

Stay on top of Detroit news and views. Sign up for our weekly issue newsletter delivered each Wednesday.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Detroit Metro Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Metro Times Press Club for as little as $5 a month.