Orlando City SC unveils plans for its 2018 “Kickoff to Soccer” events, which is a month-long celebration to commence the start of the Major League Soccer (MLS) and National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) seasons in Central Florida. Orlando City begins its fourth MLS campaign on March 3, opening at home against D.C. United at 7:30 p.m. ET, while the Orlando Pride begin their quest for back-to-back NWSL playoff appearances at a date to be announced.
Kickoff to Soccer, a reimagining of the Club’s annual Kickoff Week, will begin on February 23 with the Soccer Ball presented by Orlando Health. At this event, fans will have the opportunity to celebrate the start of the MLS and NWSL seasons, meet players from both City and the Pride and experience soccer culture from around the world.
The Club will host its annual Purple Pride 5k presented by Orlando Health, SunPass, JetBlue and Publix on Feb. 24, and the fan-favorite Kids vs. Pros match presented by Orlando Health’s Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children will return on Feb. 27 with all proceeds benefiting the Orlando City Foundation. Fans will celebrate the start of the MLS season with a Pub Crawl through downtown Orlando the night before City’s home opener. The first 50 registrations to will receive $10 off their next Uber ride and drink specials will be offered by Heineken, Jack Daniels, Finlandia, El Jimador and Barefoot Wine & Bubbly.
Orlando City Stadium will be on display on March 7 when Alex Morgan, Ashlyn Harris and the No. 1 U.S. Women’s National Team host No. 3 England in the SheBelieves Cup. That match, at 7 p.m. ET, will follow No. 2 Germany against No. 6 France at 4 p.m. ET.
More details on additional events, including the third iteration of Winning Women in Purple Networking Event, Pride in the House and the Pride’s home opener, will be announced at a future date.
Fans should also be on the lookout on Tuesday, Feb. 27, for the Club’s “Scarf the City” event, featuring free Orlando City and Orlando Pride scarves, courtesy of JetBlue, throughout the City Beautiful.
Additional details and registration information for all Kickoff to Soccer events can be found below:
Soccer Ball | Friday, Feb. 23
7 p.m. at Hyatt Regency Orlando
Celebrate the Kickoff to Soccer in Orlando and experience soccer culture from around the world at the inaugural Soccer Ball presented by Orlando Health, with all proceeds benefiting the Orlando City Foundation. Enjoy entertainment, bid on silent and live auction items, and meet the players for the 2018 seasons.
Purple Pride 5K | Saturday, Feb. 24
The Purple Pride 5K returns for a fourth straight year with the start and finish taking place at Orlando City Stadium. This year’s 5k course will feature a lap within Orlando City Stadium’s main concourse. Each runner will receive a race t-shirt and one ticket to a select Orlando City match during the 2018 MLS season.
Scarf the City | Tuesday, Feb. 27
Orlando City and Orlando Pride will be looking to take over Central Florida with Scarf the City presented by JetBlue. For more information and clues follow @OrlandoCitySC and @ORLPride.
Kids vs. Pros | Tuesday, Feb. 27
7:30 p.m. at Orlando City Stadium
The rematch is on. This star-studded match will feature 100 kids, ages 8-10, vs. players from Orlando City and Orlando Pride for two 20-minute halves at Orlando City Stadium. Proceeds from the match will benefit the Orlando City Foundation. Season ticket members will receive complimentary admission while tickets are available to the general public with a $10 donation.
Orlando City Pub Crawl | Friday, March 2
We want to get you back to doing what City fans do best: Put on their finest purple attire, drink for free and crawl around the City Beautiful as if it were game day at downtown City Pubs Elixir, Lion’s Pride and Wall Street Plaza.
Winning Women in Purple: Networking Event | TBD
Enjoy a night of professional growth and networking courtesy of the Orlando Pride presented by Orlando Health. Learn from top Central Florida women during our panel discussion on various professional topics. Every Winning Woman in attendance will receive a complimentary beverage along with a ticket to attend the 2018 Pride Home Opener.
Registration coming soon
Pride in the House | TBD
We’re opening up Orlando City Stadium for the Pride faithful to enjoy fun, family activities throughout the concourse of the Stadium. Pride players will also be in attendance at each of these activities to take pictures and sign autographs. More details to be announced!
Registration coming soon