Angel City Football Club Extends Contract with Cal Lutheran University as Team Training Site
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THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - Californer -- The wildly popular Angel City Football Club (ACFC) has extended its contract with California Lutheran University as the team's training site for the National Women's Soccer League team.

The Angel City Football Club has practiced at Cal Lutheran since 2022, when the team was founded. The new two-year agreement, with a possible one-year extension, enables ACFC to continue training at North Field and use the facilities within William Rolland Stadium and Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center.

"The Angel City football team includes athletes who are top in their sport. As such, the entire club serves as a role model for our own student-athletes and all others who strive to be and do the very best in their life and their career," said Cal Lutheran President Lori E. Varlotta. "We are proud to have a continued partnership with the team and appreciate being able to support professional women's soccer."

ACFC players and executives share their knowledge of professional sports with students at Cal Lutheran through various forums as part of their residency agreement. The club — named a "Brand That Matters" by Fast Company in 2023 — provides internships to students at Cal Lutheran, which offers a bachelor's degree in sports management and is adding a master's degree in fall 2024. The organization's staff members guest lecture in Cal Lutheran classes, and club members participate in talks with coaches and student-athletes.

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In April, Angel City executives participated in a panel discussion for students and the community at Cal Lutheran on the topic of women and the business of sports. ACFC also celebrated Cal Lutheran's women's soccer team at BMO Stadium for its recent NCAA Division III championship. During the contract period, the club's leadership will again hold an entrepreneurial workshop for students and staff at Angel City's Los Angeles headquarters.

ACFC is the first majority female-founded, female-owned and female-run professional sports team in professional sports. The team's founders are Academy Award-winning actress and activist Natalie Portman, technology venture capitalist Kara Nortman and media and gaming entrepreneur Julie Uhrman.

Cal Lutheran alumna Alex Mallen is ACFC's director of corporate partnerships, and Public Relations Manager Kevin Rider is an adjunct faculty member in Cal Lutheran's sports management program.

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Source: California Lutheran University
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