UPSL Division III

Founder & President

Founder & President

Leonel Lopez


Mr. Lopez was born in Michoacan, Mexico and moved to the United States in 1986. He is a former semi-professional player who played in several Orange County-area leagues. While playing and fulfilling his passion for the game, he started his family dry cleaning business in 1999. In 2003 he successfully sold his business and went on to invest in several other businesses.

After his playing career, Mr. Lopez continued his involvement in the game by owning and operating a few local soccer clubs, including the Santa Ana Winds FC, which he maintains today as part of the UPSL. His many experiences with different leagues and players helped Mr. Lopez to see a niche opportunity, in which he could consolidate a very fragmented adult soccer league market by starting up his own league. In 2011, that idea would become the United Premier Soccer League.