If you invest, you're betting Fan Owned Club will be worth more than $34.872M in the future.
It's no secret that our passionate fans are the cornerstone of everything we are aiming to achieve, but our aspirations reach far beyond just the clubhouse.
There has never been a more interesting time in the history of sports - and soccer - where fans are increasingly demanding more from their clubs. They want more engagement, more interaction and a voice.
Fan Owned Club gives fans a voice by offering a chance to own a piece of a Club for less than many pay for season tickets.
It all started in 2019 when we crowdfunded our first Club, Austria's FC Pinzgau Saalfelden (FCPS). Over the last four years, FCPS doubled attendance, tripled sponsorship revenue (Club revenue, not FOC's proceeds) and delivered the four best seasons in men's program history, including a breathtaking stretch of 11 unbeaten matches to grab the last playoff spot this spring.
Our approach works. Now we scale it.
Our plan has three core pillars that will drive long term value for our Fan Owners.
Once a struggling men's program in Austria's third division, we are on a path to building out a complete and sustainable Club. Our men's first team is consistently competitive and our women's program, relaunched as Project Ascend this spring, is favored to win promotion to the second division. In March, the Austrian Federation approved our application to start the region's first youth Academy next fall. With a strong vision and long term plan, we are on the path to creating a regional powerhouse.
In 2019, Fan Owned Club helped launch the football community ownership model to a U.S. audience. Since that time, we've been thrilled to see soccer fans invest in their local teams, but we want to offer more - not just pride of ownership (we got that, too) but an Owner experience unlike any other. That means insider Access, Influence on operations and the opportunity for Profit. Later this year, we plan to launch our beta Fan Owner Experience (FOX) platform to deliver an even richer, more consistent and more scalable experience to our Fan Owners.
There are over 4,000 soccer clubs looking to grow their revenue by deepening engagement with their fans base and grow their fan base. With Fan Owners in 42 states and 8 countries, most of whom were not previously familiar with FC Pinzgau Saalfelden, we've proven that our model can do just that. Our new FOX platform will make it easier, faster and more profitable to partner with new clubs. And an investment in Fan Owned Club means that investors benefit not just from the success of our FC Pinzgau Saalfelden, but also from the success of all our future clubs. We are looking for our next Club partners and have active conversations in several European markets.
FC Pinzgau Saalfelden were formed in 2007 after the merging of the town's two top football clubs 1. Saalfeldner SK (founded in 1947) and ESV Saalfelden (founded in 1952) into one unified program. Rising up from the lower divisions, the Mountainous Pine Blues currently compete as one of 62 teams in Austria’s third tier, known as the Regionalliga. The club play at the stunning Saalfelden Arena with the dramatic backdrop of the Alps making it one of the most beautiful venues for soccer in Europe.
One of the ten members of the competitive Salzburg Regional League ("Regionalliga Salzburg"), the league rewards the top two finishers with a place in an exciting six team play-off for promotion to the nationwide 2. Liga; a 16 team league, one tier below the Admiral Bundesliga.
In June of 2019, Fan Owned Club began jointly managing FCPS before finalizing the purchase agreement for the LLC (GmbH) that operates FC Pinzgau Saalfelden and makes all Club-related decisions in December 2019.
Similar to club ownership in Germany, the Austrian Federation requires a non-profit entity (Verein) to hold the actual license to compete. The Verein is controlled by six members, all of whom hold significant ownership within Fan Owned Club.
With a mantra of introducing exciting young loanees, alongside experienced local Austrian talent, Fan Owned Club’s involvement in FCPS has pushed the club into becoming a promotion favorite.
After two seasons curtailed by the pandemic, FC Pinzgau Saalfelden finished the recent campaign in the top two and place in the playoff round, solidifying their place in the newly reformed singular third division this fall.
Leveling the playing field, Fan Owned Club launched #ProjectAscend, where we provided six graduating women's college soccer players the chance to continue playing the sport they love in the beautiful Austrian Alps.
Our sport-and-mission-driven initiative to become the preeminent destination for women to extend their professional aspirations through soccer is guided by a former NCAA Division I All-Star that never had an opportunity to play professionally, they will help our squad seek their first-ever promotion to the second league.
The Frauen now play alongside the Men's first-team at the stunning 1508 SaalfeldenArena with the dramatic backdrop of the Alps making it one of the most beautiful venues for soccer in Europe and an inspiration to all who play on this pitch.
With a new crest to unite us, a best-in-class training facility and moving our women’s matches to our main ground, Fan Owned Club is ready to write the next chapter with help from those who want to move women and the game forward.
After turning around the Men's program, we are focused on creating more equity and opportunity on the way to building a regional program, chronicling and sharing the experiences of these amazing women as they go on the journey of a lifetime.
Formed in 2011/12, the FCPS Women are currently one of seven members of the competitive Salzburger Fruenliga, the league rewarding the top finisher of the playoff, promotion to the nationwide sixteen team 2. Liga, one tier below the Admiral Bundesliga.
Legendary German footballer Christian Ziege joined as the interim coach in Spring 2019. A former player with Bayern Munich, AC Milan, Liverpool and Tottenham, Ziege was a UEFA Euro ‘96 winner, a FIFA World Cup runner-up in 2002 with 72 caps for the German national team. Christian's involvement has helped establish Pinzgau as a destination for young players to develop their game, including Pablo Ruiz, who signed a multi-year MLS contract after spending the fall season with FCPS.
Over the last years, former Pinzgau players who've played under Ziege's tutelage have returned to their respective clubs rejuvenated and revitalizing their professional careers.
Andrew Brody significantly contributed to Real Salt Lake's run in the Western Conference playoffs and named 2022 RSL Defensive Player of the Year.
A duo from Seattle Sounders joined on loan with Sota Kitahara returning and earning a spot in their first team.
Josh Heard led Pacific FC to the Canadian Premier League title.
Alfusainey Jatta won the Latvian Cup and League title.
Between these relationships with sporting clubs in North America and now a strategic partnership with Shooting Stars in Ghana, we continue to attract players and talents to the region.
While lesser known globally, we chose Austria very deliberately for our first club. Austria performs above the expectations of the average soccer fan, with their Bundesliga consistently ranked in the top 10 of UEFA’s 55 federations. From the 12-team Bundesliga, five teams vie for a chance to qualify for European competition the following season, whether in the UEFA Champions League, Europa League or Europa Conference League.
Whilst aiming for Europe might be a lofty and long-term goal, the success of small but well-run clubs like Wolfsberger AC and LASK (who have faced off against the likes of Tottenham, Manchester United and AS Roma in recent seasons) is a testament to the quality and strength of the sport in Austria’s top league, and a great example of what can be achieved on a very modest budget compared to many other top flight European leagues.
Whilst the success of Red Bull Salzburg in Europe is acting as a fantastic draw for Austrian football, attracting considerable international interest, they are of course, without many of the financial constraints than many of their Austrian rivals, making the successes of the other teams even more inspirational.
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