|Home field||Sicard Hollow Athletic Complex|
The Birmingham Hammers is a professional soccer team which was formed in 2013 and began competing in the National Premier Soccer League's Southeast Conference in May 2016. The club expected to join the more prestigious United Soccer League in 2019.
The club was founded by Morgan Copes and John Killian to promote professional soccer in Birmingham. With the addition of Evon Noyes, Eric Lopez and Wade Honeycutt, the organization developed a brand identity to market the concept.
Their efforts bore fruit with the formation of a team, coached by Joel Person, which played an exhibition schedule in 2015. The team was accepted into the NPSL for the 2016 season and signed BBVA Compass as their title sponsor. The Hammers are also sponsored by the Vestavia Hills Soccer Club and play their home matches at the Sicard Hollow Athletic Complex near Liberty Park Elementary School and Liberty Park Middle School.
2015 exhibition season
The Hammers proved to be a viable competitor during an exhibition season played against several future NSPL opponents.
The Hammer's first season in the NPSL kicked off on May 14, 2016 with 0-1 home loss to Chattanooga FC. The Hammers' first victory came a month later when they blanked Memphis City FC at home. They finished the season with 2 wins, 7 losses and a tie. Another scheduled game, versus the Georgia Revolution, was canceled.
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