Nearly two decades ago, Jason Dewhurst was coaching for Massachusetts ODP when some of his players approached him, wanting to start a team. The Longridge, England, native, new to coaching girls, obliged.
Little did he know at the time, that decision would set in motion a club — FC Stars of Massachusetts — that now covers six regions, fields 127 teams and includes 2,106 players. FC Stars, which fields teams in the Elite Clubs National League and New England Premiership, also boasts its own four-field facility in Lancaster, Mass. Next steps, Dewhurst said, could include adding an indoor facility or an office complex.