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Both specialty retailers have sold soccer gear for more than 30 years.

One soccer specialty retailer has acquired another. Soccer Post Holdings, LLC, the largest soccer specialty retailer in the United States, has acquired Soccer Pro Inc.

The acquisition of Soccer Pro will give Soccer Post 47 specialty stores across the U.S.

Soccer Pro Inc. — not to be confused with SoccerPro.com — was founded in 1988. Soccer Pro Inc. operates retail locations across Northern California, whereas SoccerPro.com was founded in 2004.

“We are thrilled to complete the acquisition of Soccer Pro, expand our presence in Northern California, and welcome Soccer Pro to the Soccer Post family,” said Blake Sonnek-Schmelz, CEO of Soccer Post, in a March 13 statement. “We have respected the Soccer Pro team for a long time and look forward to working with them to best serve soccer communities in Northern California.”

Soccer Post has sold gear for more than 30 years. It says it has “established itself as the go-to destination for soccer families and one of the leading national omnichannel specialty retailers across e-commerce, physical stores, and institutional channels.”


In 2022, private equity firm TZP Group invested in Soccer Post. Sales from the 81 sporting goods retailers in the Top 1000 remained essentially flat in 2022 at $22.46 billion. That was 0.04% — $100 million — more than in  2021. The Top 1000 is Digital Commerce 360’s database ranking North America’s largest online retailers.

“It’s an exciting day for the Soccer Pro team and the Northern California soccer community,” said Bronek Gasior, president and cofounder of Soccer Pro, in the statement. “Joining Soccer Post will help us better serve our local teams, families, and players.”

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