April 27, 2022, Virginia Beach, VA – We are pleased to announce that VIRGINIA FC (VAFC) will become one club with Virginia RUSH effective immediately. Virginia RUSH and VAFC share a common vision to serve the soccer families and communities in the greater Hampton Roads area to the highest possible standard.

“By bringing together these top programs, all players in the communities will have a home for all their soccer experiences.” Says Virginia Rush and National Technical Director Matt Mittelstaedt, “Our club will allow all youth soccer players to have expanded opportunities to play the sport at the level that meets their specific individual needs.”

Virginia RUSH Soccer Club has been a part of the Hampton Roads community for almost 20 years and is part of the largest youth soccer club in the world. Under the leadership of the coaching staff at Virginia Rush, they have produced collegiate, professional and national team players over the years and will continue to do so.

Our mission is to serve all players at all levels with a curriculum that embraces recreational and competitive players equally. Virginia Rush is nationally recognized as an ELITE club that competes at the highest levels in both US Youth and US Club settings across the United States. The strategic merger of these two clubs will be an unprecedented move to unite under one banner and create a true PLAYER pathway for an individual to reach his or her full potential.  “The goal of this merger is to provide the best developmental and competitive opportunities while offering our members a player pathway that is second to none.” stated Kevin Darcy VIRGINIA FC Technical Director. “With a community centered focus here on the Peninsula and access to state, regional, national and international opportunities as Rush Soccer in Virginia and globally we will not only develop stronger player pools but have access to utilize a professional platform of resources that create a great experience for our players and families. The timing is right for a return of Virginia Rush to the Peninsula, and we are excited to become a part of the largest club in the world – Rush Soccer!”

Player Placement sessions have been posted at www.varush.com with Peninsula ID sessions and tryouts coming soon. Check out the full Rush platform at www.rushsoccer.com.

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Rush Soccer is committed to providing an unparalleled soccer experience for all who have interest in the game of soccer.  Rush Soccer promotes the development of character, the electricity of competition and the importance of pure enjoyment.  We accept the responsibility of teaching life lessons to our athletes to further their growth inside the game and out.  We believe that all players should be afforded an equal opportunity to explore their potential and participate in challenging circumstances that will yield positive outcomes.   We are committed to making soccer a pleasant, safe and rewarding experience for everyone involved, regardless of age or ability.  Through quality coaching, sound leadership and absolute sincerity, Rush Soccer will work to be the best soccer club in the nation.


Home to the Peninsula and the Hampton Roads region, VAFC provides participation opportunities for players of all ages and levels while creating partnerships with like-minded organizations that put the player first. Offering quality, convenient and affordable playing opportunities with the focus to develop the whole player in a fun, challenging and competitive environment. Virginia FC boasts a platform that has included grassroots to professional level teams in the UWS “United Women’s Soccer” League as well as affiliations with strategic partners CCL “Club Champions League”, EDP “Elite Development Program”, VSL “Virginia Soccer League, Southampton FC International Academy, Richmond United’s ECNL National Academy program and PUMA.