The Hollywood United Football Club was founded in the 1980s by a group of British expatriates. Word eventually spread throughout the entertainment world about the club and its players. Soon, other well-known stars and former national team soccer players from around the world asked to join. Some of the first celebrities to turn out for the club included Steve Jones (Sex Pistols), Billy Duffy and Ian Astbury (The Cult), Vivian Campbell (Def Leppard) and Robbie Williams.
From these humble beginnings 20 years ago the Hollywood United Football Club has grown into what it is today; a world famous soccer club. Since 1999 the club has been financially supported Emmy Award winning actor, Anthony LaPaglia, who now chairs the club. The Australian born actor, a former professional goalkeeper, has been instrumental in the growth of the Hollywood United Football Club over the years. Hollywood United Football Club recognizes that many of its members can provide a means by which we can help those less fortunate both in our community and throughout the world. Hollywood United Football Club is able to leverage its unique position in the soccer world to provide hope by sharing our love of the game in charity events. In addition to the charity events team, many of our club’s members can be found competing for one of Hollywood United’s recreational teams.
In 2009, the Hollywood United Hitmen were established to increase the awareness of Hollywood United Football club as a global brand. The Hitmen compete in the USL’s Premier Development league and play out of Palisades High School. This new professional component of the club is part of Hollywood United’s long-term goal of expanding to the highest available levels of the game.