The Dutch Lions Group B.V. was founded in October 2009 by Mike Mossel and Erik Tammer. Besides two investment companies they also registered Dayton Dutch Lions FC LLC and purchased the license to play professional soccer in the United Soccer Leagues (USL) in Dayton OHIO. Five more teams were added since then. The Dutch Lions Group BV currently has ownership in six clubs: Dayton Dutch Lions FC, Houston Dutch Lions FC, Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC, Florida Gulf Coast Dutch Lions FC, New York Dutch Lions FC and FC Cincinnati.
Dayton Dutch Lions FC has a Men’s team that plays in the USL PDL Division. The club also added a Women’s team in 2011 that plays in the W-League of the USL. The Men’s team started in USL PDL as one of the few PRO teams, and were awarded the “USL Most Progress Award” averaging 1,200 fans per game. The season opener in 2010 vs Global United, a team of former world stars, drew 3,400 fans in Bellbrook High School stadium. The club was promoted to USL PRO in their second year where they played for four years until 2014, before returning to USL PDL. Highlights were making the playoffs in 2013 after a winning record and qualifying for the final eight in the US Open Cup in 2012 after beating Chicago Fire (USL PDL), Columbus Crew (MLS) and Michigan Bucks (USL PDL) on the road. In the quarterfinal the team travelled to Kansas where they played eventual champions Sporting Kansas City of MLS in front of 17,000 fans. Despite the 3-0 loss the Lions had a great Cup campaign. The Women’s team has been very successful with two Conference Championships and also being awarded “USL Organization of the Year Award” in 2013. Several players (Emilie Fillion, Brittany Persaud, Alex Warren) of the team went overseas to play in Europe (the Netherlands and Germany) and Rose Lavelle, who played two years for the team, made her debut for the US National Team. In 2014 the club opened the renovated West Carrollton High School stadium financing an artificial turf field. Two times FIFA Best Player of the World Ruud Gullit opened the game vs LA Galaxies II.
The Men’s team of Houston Dutch Lions FC (Dutch Lions FC NPSL) started in 2011 and initially played in the USL PDL but transferred to the NPSL in 2016. The team won the Conference Championship in 2016 and made it to the final four playing Chattanooga in front of 7,000 fans. In 2017 they made it to the third round of the US Open Cup and had a close 1-2 loss vs San Antonio (USL PRO). The club built a state of the art soccer complex including two artificial turf fields, a clubhouse, locker rooms and a restaurant.
Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC competes in the USL PDL since 2014. The opening game at Xavier University drew almost 600 fans with Ruud Gullit also doing the kick-off. The first two years the team qualified for the playoffs. Since 2017 they play their home games at NKU University in Kentucky. In 2017 they also opened a sportsbar called “House of Orange”.
Florida Gulf Coast Dutch Lions FC was founded in 2015. The club started with a Youth Academy and added a Men’s team in 2016 playing exhibition games. In 2017 a Women’s team was added that competes in the WPSL. The opening game in 2017 had close to 700 fans in attendance.
In 2016 New York Dutch Lions FC was founded. In their initial year they focused on a training academy and school clinics. In 2017 they added playing an annual game with former Dutch National Team players. In 2017 they played New York Cosmos B at MCU Park as part of a double header with New York Cosmos’ NASL team.
The Dutch Lions FC clubs in Dayton, Houston and Cape Coral also have a Youth Academy in order to develop youth players to professional level. Our Academy is based on the Dutch youth development philosophy, ranked worldwide in category 1 according to FIFA. The clubs work with UEFA B and C coaches and/or (former) USL PRO, USL PDL and NPSL players.
The Dutch Lions FC starts educating kids at the age of 6. We offer the unique possibility for top players to play pro in either the USA or Europe. We pride ourselves for our extensive network in the global soccer world. Therefore we consider the Dutch Lions FC to be the “Gateway to professional soccer”.
The reason of starting a (Dutch) soccer club in the USA is that there are 24 million active soccer players in this country (most in the world) and although the Americans dominate in almost every sport, there are almost no US soccer players performing at the world’s top level. We feel this is because of the lack of technical and tactical development at the younger ages (6-12). Early age development is something the Dutch school is known- and recognized for worldwide.
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Dutch Lions FC is also part of the ownership group of FC Cincinnati. The team was founded in 2015 and started playing in 2016 in USL PRO (2nd level). The first home game was played in April 2016 with 14,658 fans in attendance. That same season the team drew 35,061 fans in a home game vs Crystal Palace. In 2017 the team averaged 21,696 fans per home game, including 33,250 vs New York Red Bulls of MLS in a thrilling US Open Cup game in the semi-final. The season also included an historic penalty shootout win vs Chicago Fire of MLS in front of 32,287 fans. In 2018, the club has surpassed 17,000 season tickets and has so far averaged 25,000 fans per home game. After the shattering attendance records and completing an innovative plan to build a new, state-of-the-art soccer stadium, Cincinnati was awarded a Major League Soccer expansion team on May 29, 2018 by MLS Commissioner Don Garber. The team will begin MLS play in the 2019 season.
Tammer Sportmanagement is owned by Erik Tammer who is a former professional player for premier league clubs such as AFC Ajax Amsterdam, SC Heerenveen en Sparta Rotterdam. He guides and advises young talented players socially and financially.
Mossel Sportmanagement B.V. is owned by Mike Mossel. He advises individuals and companies on performance improvement and teaches at Avans University in Breda. He also played for First Division clubs RBC Roosendaal (the Netherlands), KFC Turnhout (Belgium) and Cincinnati Riverhawks (USA) and graduated from Xavier University in Cincinnati (Ohio).
Both Erik and Mike went through the prestigious KNVB UEFA C and UEFA B Pro (former profesional players) training courses.
Founders: Mike Mossel & Erik Tammer
The Dutch Lions Group has ownership in several clubs:
- Dayton Dutch Lions FC in Dayton, OHIO: both a Dutch style coached Youth Academy, Men’s team (USL PDL Division, 3rd level) and a Women’s team that competes in the WPSL (2nd level)
- Houston Dutch Lions FC in Houston, TEXAS: provide both a Dutch style Youth Academy and a Men’s team (USL PDL Division, 3rd level)
- Cincinnati Dutch Lions FC in Cincinnati, OHIO: a Men’s team (USL PDL Division, 3rd level)
- New York Dutch Lions FC in New York: an All Star team with former Dutch National Team players playing game(s) in June combined with kids clinics
- Florida Gulf Coast Dutch Lions FC in Cape Coral, Florida: both a Dutch style Youth Academy and a Women’s team playing in the WPSL (2nd level)
- FC Cincinnati in Cincinnati, OHIO: a professional Men’s soccer team that competes in USL PRO in 2016 (2nd level)
- Dutch Lions Group BV: Headquarters of the Dutch Lions FC organization
- Partnership with Sport Consult, a player agency
You can read more about the Dutch Lions FC organization and the current locations on www.dutchlionsfc.com.