History of Greater Ft Myers Soccer Club
South Fort Myers Soccer Club was founded in 1986 and used several different complexes as home for it’s teams. Villas Elementary, Tanglewood Elementary, Cypress Middle and Deleon complex were all fields used to supplement the Rutenburg complex as practice and game fields. Soon after the Lee County Strikers competitive club was started as a separate entity from South Fort Myers.
1991 saw the opening of the Kelly Road Soccer Complex and both organizations relocated to Kelly Road as their home fields, this is still our home to this day.
By the mid 90’s the two groups joined together to form the Greater Fort Myers Soccer Club, Lee County Strikers Competitive division. Through the late 1990s the club grew to over 850 players with over 30 competitive teams.
Soccer Is Our Passion
At Lee County Strikers, we strive to reflect two important beliefs in all that we do.
Firstly, we believe that soccer and soccer development is more than a sport. We want to provide the best soccer training possible. We expect our coaches to continue to learn and develop themselves. As an organization, we will encourage that continually.
You are invited to explore our website further to learn more about what we offer our teams and players. We strongly feel though that soccer is more than technique and tactics. It’s about learning the value of hard work. It’s about accountability — to the your coach, your teammates, and yourself. It’s about respect. It’s about character. These are the qualities that help a player reach their goals. These are also the lessons they should take beyond their playing days, no matter how far that level eventually reaches.
Secondly, we believe that soccer is the greatest game in the world and a privilege to play, watch, or coach. We want our club to reflect that joy and passion. We know that the best at any sport, skill, or activity have that passion. The best soccer players are constantly with a ball, kicking against the side of the house, juggling in their rooms, practicing turns in the backyard. We want our club to encourage that passion. It doesn’t come from running laps or standing in line waiting to take a shot. It doesn’t come from parents or coaches yelling. It doesn’t even come from winning games or tournaments. That’s temporary. It comes from a love of the game.
There will be different levels of commitment but we want to do our best to foster that excitement. We want our club and training to encourage that passion. We invite you to explore our website to see more of what we are about and what we offer our teams and our players as a club.
Jeff Richards President, Lee County Strikers