National Premier Soccer League

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National Premier Soccer League
National Premier Soccer League logo 2016.svg
Founded2003;19 years ago (2003)
CountryUnited States
Confederation U.S. Soccer
Divisions14 conferences in 4 regions
Number of teams92
Domestic cup(s) U.S. Open Cup
Current champions FC Motown (1st title)
Most championships Miami FC (2 titles)
TV partners Eleven Sports
Website NPSL website
Current: 2022 NPSL season

The National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) is an American soccer league. The NPSL is a semi-professional league, comprising some teams that have paid players and some that are entirely amateur. The league is officially affiliated to the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA) and has automatic qualification for the U.S. Open Cup. 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".

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Competition format

The National Premier Soccer League is divided into four separate regions (Northeast, South, Midwest, and West). Each region is divided into conferences with a 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. [1]

The NPSL currently has automatic berths in the U.S. Open Cup where they gain eligibility towards the CONCACAF Champions League.

NPSL logo 2005-2015 National Premier Soccer League logo.svg
NPSL logo 2005–2015

History

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 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.

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. [2] 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.

Although no team has ever won the league twice, the Miami FC camp has won the championship twice as a club. Its reserve team (Miami FC 2) won the 2018 title, and its first team (Miami FC) won the 2019 championship.

Status

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 National Premier Soccer League 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.

Organization

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 elects a conference commission each year.

The current chairman is Kenny Farrell of the New Orleans Jesters. [3]

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. [4] The low entry fee compared to USL League Two's of $50,000 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.

Sponsorship and partnerships

Mitre Sports International provided the official ball for the NPSL starting in 2014. 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. Renegade GK, hummel, MyCujoo, Passage, Carbon Athletics, GCG Sports, Activate Canopy, and HomeLight are all listed as current business partners (2021). [5]

Teams

Current teams

TeamCityStadiumFoundedFirst NPSL SeasonHead coach
East Region
North Atlantic Conference
Cedar Stars FC Middletown, New York Faller Field20212022
Hartford City FC Hartford, Connecticut Trinity Health Stadium 20152017 Flag of the United States.svg Nick Balistierri
Kingston Stockade FC Kingston, New York Dietz Stadium 20152016 Flag of the United States.svg Jamal Lis-Simmons
New York Shockers Albany, New York Afrim's Sports Park20212021 Flag of the United States.svg Matt Esposito
Syracuse FC Syracuse, New York David W. Murphy Field 20172017 Flag of the United States.svg Matt Tantalo
Valeo FC Newton, Massachusetts Solomon Schechter Day School20082020 Flag of the United States.svg Corlton Simmond
Keystone Conference
Atlantic City FC Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey Silver Eagle Stadium 20172018 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Kristian O'Leary
Electric City Shock Scranton, Pennsylvania Fitzpatrick Field 20132014 Flag of the United States.svg James Bell
Hershey FC Hershey, Pennsylvania Hershey High School Stadium 20132013 Flag of the United States.svg Dustin Bixler
Jackson Lions FC Toms River, New Jersey Donovan Catholic High School 20142022
FC Monmouth Red Bank, New Jersey Count Basie Park20172018 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg John Killick
FC Motown Madison, New Jersey Ranger Stadium 20122013 Flag of the United States.svg Šaćir Hot
Pennsylvania Classics Manheim, Pennsylvania Spooky Nook Sports Lancaster20042022
Philadelphia Lone Star FC Philadelphia, Pennsylvania South Philadelphia Athletic Super Site20012012 Flag of Sierra Leone.svg Fatoma Turay
Philadelphia Ukrainian Nationals Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Ukrainian American Sport Center19502022
Torch FC Perkasie, Pennsylvania Pennridge High School Stadium 20102011 Flag of the United States.svg Daniel Byrd
West Chester United SC West Chester, Pennsylvania Ciccarone Field19762017 Flag of the United States.svg Blaise Santangelo
Mid-Atlantic Conference
Alexandria Reds Alexandria, Virginia Limerick Field19702022
First State FC Wilmington, Delaware Abessinio Stadium 20192020 Flag of Ghana.svg Chibsah Faisal
FC Frederick Frederick, Maryland Thomas Athletic Field19862015 Flag of Scotland.svg Chris Spinks
Grove Soccer United Glen Allen, Virginia Deep Run High School 20212022
Northern Virginia United FC Leesburg, Virginia Cropp Metcalfe Park at Evergreen Sportsplex20182018 Flag of Scotland.svg Brian Welsh
Virginia Beach City FC Norfolk, Virginia Powhatan Field20132014 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Stéphane Thys
Southeast Conference
Apotheos FC Kennesaw, Georgia North Cobb Christian School 20212022
Appalachian FC Boone, North Carolina Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex20202021 Flag of the United States.svg Dale Parker
Georgia Revolution FC McDonough, Georgia Warhawk Stadium 20102011 Flag of England.svg Ricky Davey
Georgia Storm FC Carrollton, Georgia University of West Georgia Soccer Field20202021 Flag of the United States.svg Joshua Bivens
LSA Athletico Lanier [6] Gainesville, Georgia Allen Creek Soccer Complex20202020
North Alabama SC [7] Huntsville, Alabama John Hunt Park20082020
South Region
Gulf Coast Conference
AFC Mobile Mobile, Alabama Archbishop Lipscomb Athletic Complex20152020 Flag of the United States.svg Steve Wieczorek
Florida Roots FC [8] Panama City, Florida Tommy Oliver Stadium 20182021
Jacksonville Armada U-23 Jacksonville, Florida Patton Park20102016 Flag of Croatia.svg Tommy Križanović
New Orleans Jesters New Orleans, Louisiana Pan American Stadium 20032013 Flag of Ireland.svg Kenny Farrell
Pensacola FC Pensacola, Florida Ashton Brosnaham Stadium20132020 Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg Dean Logan
Southern States SC [9] Hattiesburg, Mississippi The Oakes Training Center20152021 Flag of England.svg Carl Reynolds
Tallahassee SC Tallahassee, Florida Gene Cox Stadium 20182020 Flag of the United States.svg Josh Bruno
Sunshine Conference
Central Florida Panthers SC Winter Park, Florida Showalter Field 20192019 Flag of the United States.svg Tom Traxler
Magia FC Miami Gardens, Florida Monsignor Pace High School 20182022
Miami Beach CF Miami Beach, Florida Flamingo Park20222022 Flag of Italy.svg Francesco Esposito
Miami Dutch Lions FC Olympia Heights, Florida Tropical Park Stadium 20192020 Flag of the United States.svg Robert Stoutenburg
Miami United FC North Miami Beach, Florida North Miami Athletic Stadium20122013 Flag of Italy.svg Ferdinando De Matthaeis
Naples United FC Naples, Florida Fleischmann Park20172017Vicente Sandoval
Heartland Conference
Arkansas Wolves FC [10] Little Rock, Arkansas Scott Field20182021 Flag of South Africa.svg Sabello Lwongwane
Club Atletico Saint Louis St. Louis, Missouri Creve Coure Soccer Complex20162022 Flag of the United States.svg Ricardo Garza
Demize NPSL Springfield, Missouri Cooper Stadium20142014 Flag of England.svg Matthew Caley
OKC 1889 FC [11] Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Tom Thompson Field20172021 Flag of England.svg Niall Burley
Reign FK [12] Bartlesville, Oklahoma OKWU Soccer Complex20192021 Flag of the United States.svg Walter Hubbard
Sunflower State FC Overland Park, Kansas Mill Valley High School Field20202022 Flag of the United States.svg Nick McDonald
Tulsa Athletic [13] Tulsa, Oklahoma Veterans Park20132013 Flag of the United States.svg Levi Coleman
Lone Star Conference
Austin United FC Round Rock, Texas Round Rock Multipurpose Sports Complex20172020
FC Brownsville Brownsville, Texas Brownsville Sports Park20182018
CF10 Houston FC Katy, Texas British International School of Houston20172018
Corinthians FC of San Antonio San Antonio, Texas Wheatley Heights Sports Complex20092022
Coyotes FC Temple, Texas Woodson Field 20182020 Flag of Mexico.svg Ruben Galvan
Denton Diablos FC Denton, Texas North Texas Soccer and Track & Field Stadium20182019 Flag of Mexico.svg Ramon Raya
Fort Worth Vaqueros FC Fort Worth, Texas W.O. Barnes Memorial Stadium20142014 Flag of the United States.svg Tony Merola
Irving FC [14] Irving, Texas Joe and Ralph Ellis Stadium20182021
Laredo Heat SC Laredo, Texas Texas A&M International University Soccer Complex20042018 Flag of the United States.svg John Powell
Lubbock Matadors Lubbock, Texas Lowrey Field20212022 Flag of the United States.svg Paul Gilbert
Midwest Region
Rust Belt Conference
Akron City FC Akron, Ohio Green Street Stadium 20212022 Flag of the United States.svg Kia Zolgharnain
FC Buffalo Buffalo, New York All-High Stadium 20092010 Flag of England.svg Ryan "Ozzy" Osborne
Cleveland SC Berea, Ohio George Finnie Stadium 20182018 Flag of Romania.svg Vlad Muresan
Erie Commodores FC Erie, Pennsylvania Erie Sports Center20092009 Flag of Scotland.svg Dale White
Pittsburgh Hotspurs Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania The Ellis School 20192019 Flag of England.svg Tom Campbell
Great Lakes Conference
Carpathia FC Sterling Heights, Michigan Avondale High School 19522020 Flag of the United States.svg Joey Tinnion
FC Columbus Grandview Heights, Ohio Anderson Field 20182018 Flag of the United States.svg Flag of Jamaica.svg Maziya Chete
FC Milwaukee Torrent Wauwatosa, Wisconsin Hart Park 20152016 Flag of the United States.svg Steve Provan
Muskegon Risers Muskegon, Michigan Kehren Stadium 20142020
Panathinaikos Chicago Palatine, Illinois Harper College 20192021 Flag of Argentina.svg Trevor McGrann
North Conference
Dakota Fusion FC Fargo, North Dakota Jim Gotta Stadium20152017 Flag of the United States.svg Jon Melendez
Duluth FC Duluth, Minnesota Public Schools Stadium 20152017 Ulster Banner.svg Sean Morgan
Joy St. Louis Park [15] St. Louis Park, Minnesota Oriole Stadium20212021 Flag of the United States.svg Arinze Ezirike
LC Aris FC La Crosse, Wisconsin Logan High School20092009 Flag of Greece.svg Greg Saliaras
Med City FC Rochester, Minnesota Rochester Regional Sports Center 20162017 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Neil Cassidy
Minneapolis City SC Minneapolis, Minnesota Edor Nelson Field20152017 Flag of the United States.svg Matt vanBenschoten
Minnesota TwinStars FC Brooklyn Park, Minnesota Park Center Senior High School19972022
Sioux Falls Thunder FC Sioux Falls, South Dakota Harrisburg High School20162016
West Region
Golden Gate Conference
Academica SC Turlock, California Academica Field19722018 Flag of Portugal.svg Sergio Sousa
Contra Costa FC [16] Walnut Creek, California Mount Diablo High School20152021 Flag of the United States.svg Christian Castillo
El Farolito SC San Francisco, California Boxer Stadium 19852018 Flag of the United States.svg Santiago Lopez
FC Davis Davis, California Playfields Sports Park20172018 Flag of the United States.svg Kris Hall
Napa Valley 1839 FC Napa, California Dodd Stadium 20162017 Flag of England.svg Mark Corbett
Oakland SC Oakland, California Oakland Tech 19742022
Oakland Stompers Oakland, California Raimondi Park20092021
Sacramento Gold FC Sacramento, California Capital Christian Stadium20092010 Flag of Mexico.svg Ruben Mora Jr.
Sonoma County Sol Petaluma, California Petaluma Community Sports Fields20042005 Flag of the United States.svg Vinny Cortezzo
Pacific Conference
FC Arizona Gilbert, Arizona Campo Verde High School 20162017 Flag of England.svg Dave Rogers
Crossfire Redmond Bellevue, Washington Courter Field 20182019 Flag of England.svg Bernie James
International Portland Select FC Vancouver, Washington Kiggins Bowl20122014 Flag of Mexico.svg Sergio Medel
Las Vegas Legends Las Vegas, Nevada Peter Johann Memorial Field 20122020 Flag of Mexico.svg Juan Carlos García
OSA Seattle FC Burien, Washington Highline High School 20152015 Flag of the United States.svg Juan Pablo Murillo
SC Brave Lions Glendale, California Glendale Community College 20212022 Flag of Armenia.svg Artur Aghasyan

Expansion

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2003 6
2004 1051
2005 1374
2006 1850
2007 22128
2008 25129
2009 271210
2010 31128
2011 37137
2012 46135
2013 57209
2014 773111
2015 681221
2016 84237
2017 963018
2018 981816
2019 911119
2020 942219
2021 901519
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Locations of NPSL clubs for 2017. Blue = Northeast Region clubs, Yellow = South Region clubs, Green = Midwest Region clubs, Red = West Region clubs

Rivalries

Many NPSL teams have rivalries given the close geography of the teams throughout the league. The most notable rivalry was 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. [17] 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. [18]

Derby nameMost winsTitlesOther club(s)Recent winner
Cheese Barn Derby [19] Split2 (2018, [lower-alpha 1] 2019) Cleveland SC, FC Columbus Split (2019) [lower-alpha 2]
Chisolm Trail Clásico [20] Fort Worth Vaqueros 1 (2019) Denton Diablos FC Fort Worth Vaqueros (2019)
Erie County Derby [21] Erie Commodores FC 8 (2009–14, 2018, 2022) FC Buffalo (6) Erie Commodores FC (2022)
Kildare's Cup [22] West Chester United SC 3 (2017–19) Philadelphia Lone Star FC West Chester United SC (2019)
Portland Derby [23] PDX FC 2 (2018, 2019) International Portland Select FC (1) PDX FC (2019)
Riverside Derby [24] Club Xolos USA U-23 4 (2015–18) Temecula FC (1) Temecula FC (2019)
Trinity River Cup [25] [lower-alpha 3] Dallas City FC 4 (2014–17) Fort Worth Vaqueros (1) Fort Worth Vaqueros (2019)
Wine Country Derby [26] Sonoma County Sol 2 (2017, 2018) Napa Valley 1839 FC (1) Napa Valley 1839 FC (2019)
The Wooden Shoe [27] Split2 (2019, 2021) Hartford City FC, Kingston Stockade Hartford City FC (2022)
Former derbies
Everglades Cup [28] Miami United 2 (2013, 2014)Cape Coral Hurricanes Miami United (2014)
Gulf Coast Cup [29] Tampa Marauders 1 (2014)Cape Coral Hurricanes Tampa Marauders (2014)
Red River Cup [30] [lower-alpha 4] Tulsa Athletic 1 (2014) Fort Worth Vaqueros, Liverpool Warriors, Oklahoma City FC Tulsa Athletic (2014)
Louisiana Cup [32] New Orleans Jesters 1 (2016) Shreveport Rafters FC New Orleans Jesters (2016)
Rust Belt Derby Detroit City FC 6 (2013–16, 2020, 2021) AFC Cleveland (1), FC Buffalo, Cleveland SC Detroit City FC (2021)
San Diego Derby [33] [lower-alpha 5] San Diego Flash 3 (2011–13) Albion SC Pros (1), North County Battalion, San Diego Boca FC Albion SC Pros (2016)
I-40 Cup [34] Tied1 each (2016, 2017) Little Rock Rangers (1), Memphis City FC (1) Memphis City FC (2017)
Alameda County Derby [35] CD Aguiluchos USA 2 (2016, 2017) East Bay FC Stompers Split (2018) [lower-alpha 6]
Green Line Derby [36] Minneapolis City SC 2 (2017, 2018)Viejos son los Trapos FC (St Paul) Minneapolis City SC (2018)
I-91 Derby [37] Hartford City FC 2 (2017, 2018) Elm City Express Hartford City FC (2018)
Georgia Derby [38] [lower-alpha 7] [lower-alpha 8] Atlanta SC 6 (2014–19) Georgia Revolution FC (1) Atlanta SC (2019)
Volunteer Shield Chattanooga FC 5 (2014–16, 2018, 2019) Knoxville Force (1), Inter Nashville FC, Nashville FC, Memphis City FC Chattanooga FC (2019)
  1. Two game series ended 5–5, with both away teams winning 3–2
  2. Game ended 1–1 with no away goal tiebreaker in place
  3. Dallas City went on hiatus for the 2018 season, meaning no competition for the cup was held
  4. Event returned in 2020, but only with Tulas Athletic and UPSL side Deportivo Alacranes taking part [31]
  5. San Diego Boca folded after the 2013 season. The Flash did not take part in the 2016 season, meaning the derby was contested by the two new San Diego teams, Albion SC Pros and North County Battalion.
  6. Series ended tied 3–3 after two games
  7. 2012 series ended in tie, home team won respected leg 3–1
  8. Derby not played in 2013 as Atlanta went on hiatus

NPSL Members Cup

The NPSL Members Cup, originally called the NPSL Founders Cup, was a competition that ran from August to October 2019. It was initially intended to lead to a new professional league beginning play in the spring of 2020. [39] However, following the departure of numerous previously announced teams and issues in launching the professional league the tournament was altered.

Detroit City FC won the cup on October 16, 2019, when the team defeated Michigan Stars FC, 1–0, in the penultimate game of the tournament. [40] [41]

Records and champions

SeasonWinnerScoreRunner-up
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
2019 Miami FC 3–1 New York Cosmos B
2020 Season cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic [42]
2021 Denton Diablos FC 5–2 Tulsa Athletic
2022 FC Motown 4-3 Crossfire Redmond

Awards

NPSL Golden Boot

NPSL Golden Boot
SeasonPlayerClubGoalsRef.
2015 Flag of Portugal.svg Miguel Herlein New York Cosmos B 16 [43]
Flag of England.svg Simon Rawnsley Aguiluchos USA 16 [43]
2016 Flag of Liberia.svg Nana Addai Rhode Island Reds 18 [44]
Flag of England.svg Simon Rawnsley Aguiluchos USA 18 [44]
2017 Flag of the United States.svg Alessandro Canale Orange County FC 18 [45]
Flag of Jamaica.svg Amani Walker Albion SC Pros 18 [45]
2018 Flag of Mexico.svg Omar Nuño Sonoma County Sol 20 [46]
2019 Flag of Mexico.svg César Mexia FC Arizona 18 [47]
2020none awarded due to COVID-19
2021 Flag of the United States.svg Sidney Warren Duluth FC 16 [48]

NPSL Young Player of the Year

Back-office

Executive committee [49]

NPSL board of directors [49]

NPSL leadership staff [49]

eSports

In April 2020, the NPSL launched a competitive gaming competition to promote the growth of the league in new areas. [51] The league hopes to "bring its community members together for friendly competition on a virtual pitch". The first nine clubs to formally join the new eSports league were Atlantic City FC, Central Florida Panthers SC, Denton Diablos FC, Duluth FC, Fort Worth Vaqueros, FC Milwaukee Torrent, Muskegon Risers, Gate City FC, and Ozark FC.

The league partnered with Virtual Pro Gaming to assist in operations of the league. Clubs will play full 11 v 11 in pro clubs mode, on FIFA, EA Sports video game. [52] [53]

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    Cleveland SC is an American amateur soccer club based in the Greater Cleveland, Ohio region. Cleveland competes in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) as part of the Midwest Region's Rust Belt Conference. The club was established on February 19, 2018, taking over from the recently defunct AFC Cleveland as the city's representative in the NPSL.

    Maryland Bobcats FC Football club

    Maryland Bobcats FC, formerly World Class Premier Elite (WCPE), are an American soccer team and academy based in Montgomery County, Maryland, which was founded in 2016. The organization's professional team competes within the National Independent Soccer Association in the third division of U.S. Soccer. The Bobcats also field teams in both the United Premier Soccer League and Eastern Premier Soccer League.

    The 2019–20 San Diego 1904 FC season was the club's first ever and its first in the newly created National Independent Soccer Association (NISA), a newly established third division soccer league in the United States.

    Nashville United Football club

    Nashville United is an American soccer club based in Nashville, Tennessee. The team competes in the Southeast Conference of the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), generally considered to be the fourth tier of the United States soccer league system.

    The 2020 National Premier Soccer League season was part of the 108th season of FIFA-sanctioned soccer in the United States and the 18th season of the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL). Miami FC, the defending league champions, left in the off-season and joined the National Independent Soccer Association and later the USL Championship.

    Georgia Storm FC Football club

    Georgia Storm FC is an American soccer club based in Carrollton, Georgia, United States. The team competes in the Southeast Conference of the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), the fourth tier of the United States soccer league system. The NPSL is officially affiliated to the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA) and qualifies for the US Open Cup.

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