JOPLIN, Mo. - The schedule for the Joplin Demize, a minor league 4th division soccer team, has been announced.
The Demize open their season May 16 with a 7:30 p.m. match against Oklahoma City FC at the Joplin Athletic Complex.
Additional home games will be on May 24 against Dallas Fort Worth, June 10 against the Tulsa Athletics, June 13 against BSC United Clash of College Station, Texas, and June 20 against the Liverpool Warriors of Dallas.
The Demize will also play an exhibition game at home against FC Bordo Saint Louis on June 29.
Road games will be May 25, Liverpool Warriors; May 31, Oklahoma City FC; June 6, Tulsa Athletics; July 5, Dallas City FC and July 7, Corinthians FC of San Antonio, Texas.
The South Central Conference Championships will be July 12.
The Demize roster will include local talent, with players from Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas and Illinois. This new team allows players from local colleges an opportunity to showcase their talents. Demize coaches and management will continue to bring in top international talent to round out the roster.
Joplin Demize is in the South Central Conference of the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), which qualifies the team for the U.S. Open Cup.
The Demize will play two exhibition games: May 9 at FC Bordo Saint Louis and on May 10 at home with an opponent to be determined.
Tickets for the games can be purchased in advance through the Joplin Sports Authority or at the gate.
Ticket prices are $6 for adults, $4 with a student or military ID, and children under the age of 6 are free.
The team will also offer an option to buy tickets online, and details will be announced as they are finalized.
To get more information about the team, go to www.demizesoccer.com or email Info@joplindemize.net