Rhode Island FC

Rhode Island FC
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GroundTidewater Landing Stadium
Pawtucket, Rhode Island
ManagerKhano Smith
LeagueUSL Championship
Inaugural Season2024
WebsiteClub website

Rhode Island FC is an upcoming American professional soccer club located in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. The club is planned to debut in the USL Championship in 2024.


On December 2, 2019, it was announced that a new soccer-specific stadium would be a centerpiece for a large development project in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.[1] The stadium is proposed to seat at least 10,000 fans[2] and be connected to shops, apartments, offices, and a hotel in the $400-million plan. The initial goal was to have the team playing by 2023.

Due to inflation and delays caused by COVID-19, the project was pushed back until 2022 when the construction began.[3] The team is now expected to begin play in 2024.

On November 14, 2022, the team announced their name as Rhode Island FC and revealed their team crest and colors.

Former Bermuda national team captain Khano Smith, was named the teams first head coach and general manager on March 8, 2023.[4]


  1. ^ "Rhode Island Unveils 7,500-Seat Soccer-Specific Stadium Anchored by USL Championship Club". USL. December 2, 2019. Retrieved October 25, 2022.
  2. ^ "Pawtucket celebrates Tidewater Landing project coming to waterfront". ABC6. August 12, 2022. Retrieved December 16, 2022.
  3. ^ "Stadium groundbreaking moves Rhode Island toward 2024 debut in USL Championship". USL. August 12, 2022. Retrieved October 25, 2022.
  4. ^ "Rhode Island FC Names Khano Smith as Club's First Head Coach and General Manager". Rhode Island Football Club. March 8, 2023. Retrieved March 8, 2023.

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