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|Confederation|| CONCACAF |
|Divisions||13 conferences in 4 regions|
|Number of teams||94|
|Level on pyramid||4 (US) (unofficial)|
|Domestic cup(s)||U.S. Open Cup|
|Current champions||Miami FC 2 (1st title)|
|Most championships||16 clubs (1 title each)|
The National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) is an American soccer league commonly recognized as being a fourth tier league although it has been given no official designation by U.S. Soccer.Although the league is officially affiliated to the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA) and qualifies for the U.S. Open Cup through USASA channels, the league is generally considered to be at the fourth tier of competition in the United States soccer pyramid, behind Major League Soccer (MLS), the USL Championship (USLC), USL League One (USL1), and roughly equal with USL League Two (USL2). It is the successor of the Men's Premier Soccer League, a regional league originally based in the Western United States, which has now expanded nationwide to encompass teams from 29 states. The league's motto is "A National League with a Regional Focus". Some of the clubs are former NASL clubs.
Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played with a spherical ball between two teams of eleven players. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies, making it the world's most popular sport. The game is played on a rectangular field called a pitch with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by moving the ball beyond the goal line into the opposing goal.
The United States soccer league system is a series of professional and amateur soccer leagues based, in whole or in part, in the United States. Sometimes called the American soccer pyramid, teams and leagues are not linked by the system of promotion and relegation typical in soccer elsewhere. Instead, the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) defines professional leagues in three levels, called divisions, with all other leagues sanctioned by USSF not having an official designated level or division.
The United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA) is a national organization for amateur soccer in the United States. It consists of 55 state organizations as well as national, regional and state leagues.
The National Premier Soccer League's is divided into four separate Regions (Northeast, South, Midwest, and West). Each Region is divided into conferences with varying number of teams per conference. The regular season runs from May to July with the exception of the West Region that has historically started in late March or early April.
The NPSL currently has automatic berths in the U.S. Open Cup where they gain eligibility towards the CONCACAF Champions League.
The CONCACAF Champions League is an annual continental club football competition organized by CONCACAF for the top football clubs in North America, Central America, and the Caribbean. The winner of the CONCACAF Champions League automatically qualifies for the quarter-finals of the FIFA Club World Cup. The tournament is officially known as the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League, since February 2015, due to sponsorship by Scotiabank. The competition has been completed 54 times through the 2019 event, with 56 champions due to a three-way shared title in the 1978 competition.
The National Premier Soccer League began in 2003 as the Men's Premier Soccer League (MPSL) initially as an offshoot of the Women's Premier Soccer League, and marked the first instance of a women's soccer league spawning a men's league. The league's first two champions were the Arizona Sahuaros, who had defected to the MPSL from the USL D-3 Pro League, and the Utah Salt Ratz.
The Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) is a national women's soccer league in the United States and Puerto Rico, and is on the second level of women's soccer in the United States soccer pyramid, below National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) and roughly equal with United Women's Soccer (UWS). The WPSL is the largest women's soccer league in the world.
Utah Salt Ratz were an American soccer team founded in 2003 that was a member of the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), the fourth tier of the American soccer pyramid. The team folded in 2004, when the then-new Real Salt Lake franchise joined the first division, Major League Soccer.
The league expanded into the Midwest in 2005 with the addition of several new teams and a new conference, and changed its name to National Premier Soccer League to reflect its new national footprint; a team from the expansion conference – Detroit Arsenal – won the league in its first year after its eastward expansion. The NPSL expanded further in 2007 with the addition of a new Northeast Conference and five new teams from the eastern United States. The first team from the East to win the national NPSL title was the Pennsylvania Stoners in 2008. The league has since continued to expand, adding more teams throughout the entirety of the country.
Detroit Arsenal was an American soccer team, founded in 1997. The club initially played under the USASA and won the National Championship title in 1999 and 2000, prior to joining the Midwest Conference of the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), the fourth tier of the American soccer pyramid, in 2005.
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The Pennsylvania Stoners were an American soccer team based in Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States. Founded in 2007, the team played in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), a national amateur league at the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid, in the Eastern Keystone Division.
Since its inception the league has managed to place at least one team actively playing under its banner into U.S. Open Cup competition. Though the showing of the NPSL in US Open Cup play was typically only one or two teams in its first six years, the 2009 and 2010 cups have seen four and three, respectively, NPSL teams in each tournament. The recent success of the NPSL in USASA qualifying has encouraged a movement by which the league could have automatic berths in the final tournament.The furthest a team from the NPSL has reached in the US Open Cup during the professional era (1997 and onward after the entry of MLS teams) has been the third round. However, the Brooklyn Italians have won the US Open Cup outright before the existence of either MLS or the NPSL.
The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, commonly known as the U.S. Open Cup (USOC), is a knock-out cup competition in American soccer. It is the oldest ongoing national soccer competition in the U.S. The 105th edition, held in 2018, was contested by 97 clubs from the two professional leagues sanctioned by the United States Soccer Federation: Major League Soccer (MLS), and the United Soccer League, and also amateur clubs in the earlier rounds of the tournament after qualifying through their leagues. The overall champion earns a total of $300,000 in prize money, while the runner-up receives $100,000, and the furthest-advancing team from each lower division league receives $25,000. In addition, the tournament winner qualifies for the group stage of the CONCACAF Champions League.
The 2009 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup was the 96th edition of the USSF's annual national soccer championship, running from June through early September.
The 2010 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup was the 97th edition of the USSF's annual national soccer championship, running from June through early October.
Officially the USSF does not recognize formal levels of the soccer pyramid below the professional 3rd tier. The USSF does not officially recognize distinctions between amateur soccer leagues in the United States. However, the USASA sanctions affiliated, but separately run, national leagues that are recognized in practical terms as playing at a higher level than the USASA state association leagues; for example, they receive automatic berths to the US Open Cup.
The Premier Development League takes place during the summer months, and the player pool is drawn mainly from NCAA college soccer players seeking to continue playing high level soccer during their summer break, while still maintaining their college eligibility. The National Premier Soccer League is similar to the Premier Development League and also attracts top amateur talent from around the United States. NPSL does not have any age limits or restrictions, thus incorporating both college players and former professional players alike.
The NPSL is organized in a mostly decentralized structure and is managed as a team-run league. Each year the member clubs help elect a chairman, treasurer, and secretary and an eight-member board of directors. Each team is individually owned and operated, and is responsible for maintaining league minimum standards. New teams seeking membership into the NPSL are subject to approval from an executive committee of existing team owners. Member clubs have the right to make localized decisions for their respective markets, conferences, and regions based on what they believe is best for their particular region. Each conference is managed by the individual member clubs and elect a conference commission each year.
The current chairman is Joe Barone of the Brooklyn Italians who was elected in late 2013 after previously serving as treasurer. Michael Hitchcock of Playbook Management Inc. was hired as commissioner of the NPSL in 2013. With Hitchcock leading the league, plans to expand the reach of the league and discussion of introducing promotion and relegation in the future were made public. Near the conclusion of the 2014 season the NPSL terminated the contract of Hitchcock and PMI.
The costs to join the league as of 2016 are reported to be a one-time $15,000 franchise fee and a $5,250 annual league fee.The low entry fee compared to the PDL's of $75,000 has made the league an attractive alternative to teams looking to compete at the highest level of amateur play.
The league requires that all teams play in stadiums with at least 500 seats, a scoreboard, and locker rooms with showers for both teams and officials. The home team is also responsible for providing water and food for the visiting team, ensuring there is a trainer or doctor on-site for the match, and paying the referees fees at the end of each game.
Mitre Sports International provided the official ball for the NPSL starting in 2014, the sponsorship agreement lasted through the 2016 season. The league also announced several partnerships for the 2014 season, Global Scarves, Wecando, and Pabian Law. Global Scarves and the NPSL planned strategically partnering to not only outfit every NPSL team with soccer scarves branded to the specific team, but planned on working together to increase and elevate the status of both entities to a higher level. Global Scarves began providing custom soccer scarves throughout the league, and worked with the NPSL on various events and contests to increase awareness and fervor throughout the 2014 NPSL season. Wecando Print is a full-service branding company that specializes in printing, promotional products, embroidery, screen printing, banners, fulfillment services, and company stores. Pabian Law specific in law and immigration services and has experience with signing international soccer players.
|Team||City||Stadium||Founded||First NPSL Season||Head coach|
|North Atlantic Conference|
|Boston City FC||Revere, Massachusetts||Harry Della Russo Stadium||2015||2016|
|Brooklyn Italians||Brooklyn, New York||John Dewey High School||1949||2010|
|Greater Lowell Rough Diamonds||Tyngsborough, Massachusetts||2016||2017|
|Hartford City FC||Hartford, Connecticut||Al-Marzook Field||2015||2017|
|Kingston Stockade FC||Kingston, New York||Dietz Stadium||2015||2016|
|New York Athletic Club S.C.||Pelham, New York||New York Athletic Club||2008||2008|
|New York Cosmos B||Manhattan, New York||Mitchel Athletic Complex||2015||2015|
|Rhode Island Reds FC||Johnston, Rhode Island||Mayor Joseph Polsinea Stadium||2012||2012|
|Atlantic City FC||Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey||Egg Harbor Township High School||2017||2018|
|Electric City Shock SC||Scranton, Pennsylvania||Fitzpatrick Field||2013||2014|
|Hershey FC||Hershey, Pennsylvania||Hershey High School Stadium||2013||2013|
|FC Monmouth||Red Bank, New Jersey||Count Basie Park||2017||2018|
|FC Motown||Madison, New Jersey||Ranger Stadium||2012||2013|
|New Jersey Copa FC||Metuchen, New Jersey||Mercer County Community College||2016||2016||Roberto Aguas|
|Philadelphia Lone Star FC||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||South Philadelphia Supersite||2001||2012|
|Torch FC||Perkasie, Pennsylvania||Pennridge High School Stadium||2010||2011|
|West Chester United SC||West Chester, Pennsylvania||Ciccarone Field||1976||2017||Blaise Santangelo|
|FC Baltimore Christos||Baltimore, Maryland||CCBC Essex Stadium||2017||2018|
|Charlottesville Alliance FC||Charlottesville, Virginia||Charlottesville High School||2016||2018|
|FC Frederick||Frederick, Maryland||Thomas Athletic Field||1986||2015|
|Northern Virginia United FC||Leesburg, Virginia||Cropp Metcalfe Park at Evergreen Sportsplex||2018||2018|
|Virginia Beach City FC||Virginia Beach, Virginia||Virginia Beach Sportsplex||2013||2014|
|Demize NPSL||Springfield, Missouri||Cooper Stadium||2014||2014|
|Little Rock Rangers||Little Rock, Arkansas||War Memorial Stadium||2015||2016|
|Ozark FC||Springdale, Arkansas||Har-Ber High School||2017||2017||TBD|
|Club Atletico Saint Louis||Eureka, Missouri||United Sports Legacy Training Center||2016||2018||Ricardo Garza|
|Tulsa Athletic||Tulsa, Oklahoma||LaFortune Stadium||2013||2013|
|FC Wichita||Wichita, Kansas||Stryker Complex||2014||2015|
|Lone Star Conference|
|Dallas City FC||McKinney, Texas||McKinney Soccer Complex||2013||2014||TBD|
|Denton Diablos FC||Denton, Texas||Mean Green Soccer Complex||2018||2019||Chad Rakestraw|
|Fort Worth Vaqueros||Fort Worth, Texas||Farrington Field||2014||2014|
|Katy 1895 FC||Katy, Texas||Saint John XXIII High School||2017||2018|
|Laredo Heat SC||Laredo, Texas||Texas A&M International University Soccer Complex||2004||2018|
|Midland-Odessa Sockers FC||Midland, Texas||Grande Communications Stadium||2009||2017|
|Tyler FC||Tyler, Texas||Herrington Stadium||2016||2017|
|Asheville City SC||Asheville, North Carolina||Memorial Stadium||2016||2017|
|Atlanta SC||Atlanta, Georgia||King's Ridge High School||1998||2016|
|Chattanooga FC||Chattanooga, Tennessee||Finley Stadium||2009||2009|
|Georgia Revolution FC||McDonough, Georgia||Warhawk Stadium||2010||2011|
|Greenville FC||Greenville, South Carolina||Sirrine Stadium||2017||2018|
|Inter Nashville FC||Antioch, Tennessee||International Indoor Soccer Complex||2016||2017|
|Central Florida Panthers SC||Winter Park, Florida||Showalter Field||2019||2019|
|Jacksonville Armada U-23||Jacksonville, Florida||Patton Park||2010||2016|
|Miami FC||Miami Shores, Florida||Buccaneer Field||2015||2018|
|Miami United FC||North Miami Beach, Florida||North Miami Athletic Stadium||2012||2013|
|Naples United FC||Naples, Florida||Fleischmann Park||2017||2017||Vicente Sandoval|
|Storm FC||Lauderhill, Florida||Central Broward Stadium||2013||2014|
|FC Buffalo||Buffalo, New York||All-High Stadium||2009||2010|
|Cleveland SC||Cleveland, Ohio||George Finnie Stadium||2018||2018|
|Erie Commodores FC||Erie, Pennsylvania||McConnell Family Stadium||2009||2009|
|Pittsburgh Hotspurs||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania||The Ellis School||2019||2019|
|Rochester Lancers||Rochester, New York||Marina Auto Stadium||2015||2016|
|Syracuse FC||Syracuse, New York||David W. Murphy Field||2017||2017|
|Great Lakes Conference|
|AFC Ann Arbor||Ann Arbor, Michigan||Hollway Field||2014||2016|
|FC Columbus||Grandview Heights, Ohio||Anderson Field||2018||2018|
|Detroit City FC||Hamtramck, Michigan||Keyworth Stadium||2012||2012|
|Grand Rapids FC||Grand Rapids, Michigan||Houseman Field||2014||2016|
|F.C. Indiana||Lafayette, Indiana||Legacy Sports Club||2000||2015|
|Kalamazoo FC||Kalamazoo, Michigan||Soisson-Rapacz-Clason Field||2015||2016|
|Michigan Stars FC||Pontiac, Michigan||Ultimate Soccer Arenas||1982||2013|
|Toledo Villa FC||Toledo, Ohio||Lyden Field||2017||2019|
|Dakota Fusion FC||Fargo, North Dakota||Jim Gotta Stadium||2015||2017||Nick Becker|
|Duluth FC||Duluth, Minnesota||Public Schools Stadium||2015||2017|
|La Crosse Aris FC||La Crosse, Wisconsin||Viterbo Athletic Complex||2009||2009|
|Med City FC||Rochester, Minnesota||Rochester Regional Sports Center||2016||2017||Neil Cassidy|
|Minneapolis City SC||Minneapolis, Minnesota||Edor Nelson Field||2015||2017|
|Minnesota TwinStars FC||Maple Grove, Minnesota||Minnetonka H.S.||1997||2005|
|Sioux Falls Thunder FC||Sioux Falls, South Dakota||Bob Young Field||2017||2017|
|Golden Gate Conference|
|Academica SC||Turlock, California||Academica Field||1972||2018|
|FC Davis||Davis, California||Playfields Sports Park||2017||2018||Andrew Bailey|
|East Bay FC Stompers||Oakland, California||Raimondi Park||2009||2012|
|El Farolito SC||San Francisco, California||Boxer Stadium||1985||2018|
|Napa Valley 1839 FC||Napa, California||Dodd Stadium||2016||2017|
|Sacramento Gold FC||Sacramento, California||Capital Christian Stadium||2009||2010|
|San Ramon FC||San Ramon, California||Dougherty Valley High School/Rancho San Ramon Soccer Park||2018||2019||TBD|
|Sonoma County Sol||Petaluma, California||Casa Grande High School||2004||2005|
|Stockton FC||Stockton, California||Edison High School||2018||2019||TBD|
|Crossfire Redmond||Bellevue, Washington||Courter Field||2018||2019||Bernie James|
|FCM Portland||Vancouver, Washington||Kiggins Bowl||2012||2014|
|OSA Seattle FC||Burien, Washington||Highline High School||2015||2015|
|PDX FC||Portland, Oregon||Hilken Community Stadium||2017||2017|
|Spokane SC Shadow||Spokane, Washington||Spokane Falls Community College||1996||2017|
|FC Arizona||Mesa, Arizona||Mesa High School||2016||2017|
|ASC San Diego||San Diego, California||Mission Bay High School||2015||2018|
|A.S. Los Angeles||Downey, California||St. Matthias Stadium||2018||2019||TBD|
|City of Angels FC||Los Angeles, California||Chaminade High School||2017||2017||TBD|
|FC Golden State||Whittier, California||Rio Hondo Stadium||2018||2018|
|High Desert Elite FC||Spring Valley Lake, California||Adelanto Stadium||2018||2019||Claudio Rivas|
|Orange County FC||Irvine, California||Portola High School||2009||2017|
|Oxnard Guerreros FC||Oxnard, California||Del Sol Stadium||2016||2017|
|Riverside Coras||Riverside, California||John W. North High School||1969||2015|
|Temecula FC||Temecula, California||Chaparral High School||2013||2014|
|Muskegon Risers SC||Muskegon, Michigan||TBA||2014||2020|
Ten teams will participate in the inaugural NPSL Founders Cup, a competition that will run from August to November 2019. It is intended to lead to a new professional league beginning play in the spring of 2020.
|Year||No. of teams||Teams added||Teams departed|
Many NPSL teams have rivalries given the close geography of the teams throughout the league. The most notable rivalry is the Rust Belt Derby contested between Detroit City FC, AFC Cleveland, and FC Buffalo. The name refers to the teams' shared region, the Rust Belt.
Another intense rivalry existed between the San Diego Flash and San Diego Boca/Force FC, which were crosstown rivals in San Diego. Until the 2013 sale and rebranding of Force FC from Boca FC, the ownership groups of the two clubs were previously partners in the original San Diego Flash club of the A-League that competed from 1998 to 2001.
|Derby name||Most wins||Titles||Other club(s)||Recent winner|
|Alameda County Derby||CD Aguiluchos USA||2 (2016, 2017)||East Bay FC Stompers||split|
|Wine Country Derby||Sonoma County Sol||1 (2017)||Napa Valley 1839 FC||Sonoma County Sol|
|Erie County Derby[ citation needed ]||Erie Commodores FC||5 (2009–2014)||FC Buffalo||Erie Commodores FC|
|Everglades Cup[ citation needed ]||Miami United||1 (2014)||Cape Coral Hurricanes||Miami United|
|Gulf Coast Cup[ citation needed ]||Tampa Marauders||1 (2014)||Cape Coral Hurricanes||Tampa Marauders|
|I-40 Cup[ citation needed ]||Little Rock Rangers||1 (2016)||Memphis City FC||Little Rock Rangers|
|Louisiana Cup[ citation needed ]||New Orleans Jesters||1 (2016)||Shreveport Rafters FC||New Orleans Jesters|
|Red River Cup[ citation needed ]||Tulsa Athletic||1 (2014)||Fort Worth Vaqueros, Liverpool Warriors, Oklahoma City FC||Tulsa Athletic|
|Rust Belt Derby||Detroit City FC||4 (2013–2016)||AFC Cleveland, FC Buffalo||Detroit City FC|
|San Diego Derby[ citation needed ]||San Diego Flash||4 (2011–13)||Albion SC Pros, North County Battalion, San Diego Boca FC||San Diego Flash|
|Trinity River Cup[ citation needed ]||Dallas City FC||1 (2014)||Fort Worth Vaqueros||Dallas City FC|
|Volunteer Shield[ citation needed ]||Chattanooga FC||3 (2014–16)||Knoxville Force, Inter Nashville FC, Memphis City FC||Knoxville Force|
|Green Line Derby[ citation needed ]||Minneapolis City SC||2 (2017–18)||Viejos son los Trapos FC (St Paul)||Minneapolis City SC|
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|2003||Arizona Sahuaros||2–1 ( a.e.t. )||Utah Salt Ratz|
|2004||Utah Salt Ratz||4–2||Arizona Sahuaros|
|2005||Detroit Arsenal||1–0||Sonoma County Sol|
|2006||Sacramento Knights||2–1||Princeton 56ers|
|2007||Southern California Fusion||1–0||Queen City FC|
|2008||Pennsylvania Stoners||3–0||Minnesota Twin Stars|
|2009||Sonoma County Sol||2–1||Erie Admirals SC|
|2010||Sacramento Gold||3–1||Chattanooga FC|
|2011||Jacksonville United||3–2||Hollywood United Hitmen|
|2012||FC Sonic||1–0||Chattanooga FC|
|2013||RVA Football Club||2–0||Sonoma County Sol|
|2014||New York Red Bulls U-23||3–1||Chattanooga FC|
|2015||New York Cosmos B||3–2 ( a.e.t. )||Chattanooga FC|
|2016||AFC Cleveland||4–2||Sonoma County Sol|
|2017||Elm City Express||5–0||Midland-Odessa FC|
|2018||Miami FC 2||3–1||FC Motown|
Current regional board members
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