The United Soccer Leagues, LLC, announced today it had entered a multi-year partnership with Garrett, establishing the international manufacturer as the Official Metal Detection Supplier for all related properties, including the United Soccer League, USL’s Division III, the Premier Development League (PDL) and the Super Y League. The partnership adds another member to the USL’s Preferred Supplier Program, through which the league has continued its on-and-off-field growth via partnerships with leading businesses across a broad spectrum of professional league services.
“We are thrilled to bring on Garrett as our Official Metal Detection Supplier,” said USL President Jake Edwards. “The issue of security is top of mind for the league and our teams. Garrett is recognized around the world as a leader in metal detection products, and with their extensive history, they will be an excellent resource as we continually look to improve the game day experience.”
Garrett Metal Detectors™ is the global leader of walk-through, hand-held and ground search metal detection products and training for security and law enforcement applications. From the Olympic Games to U.S. and international airports, Garrett® has the proven knowledge, experience and reliable products to meet your security needs.
"Garrett is pleased to bring more than 50 years of metal detection experience to the United Soccer Leagues," said Garrett CEO Steve Novakovich. "Our advanced products will offer the safety and peace of mind to soccer fans and teams that Garrett has been furnishing other premier sporting facilities for decades. To achieve this, we have engineered a superior line of metal detectors including the Super Scanner® hand-held and our advanced PD 6500i™ walk-through, giving you practical solutions for your security checkpoint installations.”
The USL will oversee the expansion of an estimated 30–40 new franchises at the second and third divisions of professional soccer over the next five years, which will create opportunities for potential suppliers and vendors to support this growth.
Through its Preferred Supplier Program, the USL connects suppliers with new franchise owners and existing USL clubs in order to deliver the best possible experience for fans across North America. Preferred suppliers are “Best in Class” companies that provide services and products to professional franchises and stadium developers and must meet the USL’s strict quality standards. The USL is currently in discussions with suppliers that support stadium development, as well as the buildout of team front offices and operations.
For more information on the USL Preferred Supplier Program, contact Josh Keller at Josh.Keller@uslsoccer.com.
About USL: The USL is one of the most prominent Division II professional soccer leagues in the world, reaching a population of more than 75 million people to fuel the growth of professional soccer across North America. Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, the USL provides unparalleled club support with a growing team of more than 50 professionals across 17 departments, ranging from operations to marketing, communications and sponsorship.
The USL has national media partnerships with ESPN and SiriusXM, and operates USL Productions, which includes a state-of-the-art facility that will produce and distribute more than 500 league matches and more than 1,000 hours of original content to national partners, local affiliates, the USL’s Match Center and international markets over the 2018 season.