About Us

With two established histories in the Pittsburgh soccer community, as Pittsburgh Hotspurs SC and Arsenal FC of Pittsburgh, we continue to be leaders, pushing the game forward in the Pittsburgh-area.

Arsenal FC of Pittsburgh won 22 State Championships (between 2001-2022), and Pittsburgh Hotspurs was the first program with a full development pathway for both men and women in the Pittsburgh area.

Beginning our collaboration in 2021, we sought to provide a stronger, unified path -- giving players from youth through adult an area to showcase their skills at the highest levels, in their own community.

Together, we are committed to teaching a sustainable, attractive style of soccer, one that fosters good long-term habits from an early age and yields consistent results in latter years.

We empower players to express themselves by encouraging positive attacking play, providing tools for defensive solidity and instilling a comfortability with team tactical concepts.

The reason for our growth is that we always strive to think outside the box and above all our goal is to constantly evolve and drive the game forward locally.

A few things separate us from the local programs:

  • The Phase Model of Development
  • Our constant 'player development' approach
  • The quality of our staff
  • Our Men's (NPSL) & Women's (UWS1) First Teams

We believe in developing players for long-term success, and, will work with you and your player, right where they are. We believe we are stronger together.





Our Story – First Club In Pittsburgh To Offer A Full Development Pathway

Pittsburgh Hotspurs SC and Arsenal FC of Pittsburgh began a collaboration in 2021 to provide additional Phase of development and training for this #homegrown talent furthering the professional development for both programs, giving them greater opportunities to train and compete with the First Teams.


2020 saw our First Teams getting the chance to continue to train, but as the world was on pause, limited opportunities to compete. The Men's First Team participated in a 4-team Members Cup and earned Champion status.

Looking to the future


We are on track to see the goal of 50% of our first teams made up of our own homegrown talent by 2023, we look out at the goal of owning our own facility.


We aim to develop a homegrown player to achieve professional level competition.


Maintaining our focus on homegrown talent, we will continue to expand our international connections to help top players come to play in Pittsburgh and our Pittsburgh players greater opportunities to play internationally.



...is to play our role in the US Soccer development pyramid by always putting the player first. To ensure each and every player gets to play at their level to enhance their opportunity to develop, even if that means sending them to another program. We strive to think differently and consistently improve our program ensuring we play our part in the player development pathway set out by US Soccer.


..is to have long term player development at the forefront of everything we do. To this end, our goal is to have 75% of our College Prep Phase players (U16-U19), to have been with the club at some point in the Foundation Phase U9-U12. Furthermore, we want to continue to have 50% of homegrown players make up our adult team programs year-over-year.

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Steel City F.C. was founded to provide a developmental pathway for Pittsburgh-area players and to foster a love of the game while inspiring and challenging them to compete at their highest potential.

Together, we can move the game forward with passion, community, and connection.

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