Southern Premier Soccer League
|This article's factual accuracy may be compromised due to out-of-date information. (November 2012)|
|Levels on pyramid||5|
|Domestic cup(s)||U.S. Open Cup|
|Last champions||Rio Grande Valley Ocelots FC
(2011 SPSL Summer Cup)
The Southern Premier Soccer League (SPSL) was an amateur soccer league featuring teams from Texas and Oklahoma and recognized by the United States Soccer Federation and United States Adult Soccer Association. The league comprised seven teams.
The Southern Premier Soccer League was founded in September 2010 in part of the National Premier Soccer League's inability to get a winter season started as a minimum of four teams were required to start a division (South Central). The first season took place with 6 teams (2 of which failed to finish the season), with each team playing 20 games in the regular season with the season ending on March 27, 2011. The 2011 Spring-Summer season was planned to start afterwards, with the seasons to run from September until June, with each team playing 36-40 games in the regular season.
The 2011-2012 fall-winter season, however, failed to start as planned though. 
The 2010-11 regular season runs from October 2 through March 26. The league will add additional teams for the 2011 Summer Cup. 2010-2011 will be the only year with two partial seasons. This was established to allow the original clubs to go forward with the winter schedule and to allow the new clubs to compete in the 2nd half of the schedule.
In 2010, National Premier Soccer League's original three South Central teams, Galveston Pirate SC, Regals FC, and Corpus Christi Fuel, joined with Texas Lonestrikers, Tulsa Lobos FC, and Houston-based Club América Academy began play later that year for the 2010-11 SPSL Winter Season. Regals won the inaugural season, with five of the six top goalscorers playing for that club.
For the 2011 Spring-Summer Season, RGV Ocelots FC (formerly Rio Grande Valley Bravos FC of the USL Premier Development League (PDL)) also joined the league.
Since the NPSL currently runs from April until July, the SPSL fills the marketplace by providing players and teams with the chance to compete together and gain national exposure on a year-round basis by having games from October to July. The league will play a spring-summer schedule in 2011 before the first full natural season, schedule begins in October 2011 and ending in April or May.
There are seven SPSL teams spanning Texas and Oklahoma. More teams are expected for the 2011-2012 SPSL Season.
Before the 2010-2011 Winter Season started, SPSL added its first two expansion teams: the RGV Ocelots FC (last playing in the USL Premier Development League in 2010 as Rio Grande Valley Bravos FC) and the Houston Hurricane (last playing in the North American Soccer League in 1980 of the same name). The RGV Ocelots FC will begin play in the 2011 Spring-Summer season. Modern day Houston Hurricane will begin the 2011-12 SPSL Season.
For the 2010-11 Winter Season, teams are as follows:
|Club América Academy||Houston, TX||USA Soccer Park||2010||Yellow and blue||Thaigo Costa Reis|
|Corpus Christi Fuel||Corpus Christi, TX||Fairgrounds Field||2010||2010||Red, gray, and black||Patrick Escueda|
|Regals FC||Houston, TX||Maya Park||2009||2010||Black, silver, and white||Miguel Landaverde|
|Tulsa Lobos FC||Tulsa, OK||Booker T Washington High School||2010||2010||Red and blue||José Carlos Godoy|
|Rio Grande Valley Ocelots FC||Brownsville, TX||Brownsville Sports Park||2008||Spring 2011||Orange, white, silver, and black||Juan de Dios Garcia|
|Houston Hurricane FC||Houston, TX||North Channel Park||2011||2011||Red and black||Eric Martinez|
|Ft Worth Intertunnel||Ft Worth, TX||TBA
The new SPSL club in Brownsville, Texas, will be renamed RGV Ocelots FC. The Houston Hurricane FC and Ft Worth have been added for the 2011 Summer Cup. Shanendoah, Texas (Montgomery County) has been named as an expansion franchise. 
Originally, in the style of other U.S. sports, teams were given nicknames at their creation such as the Corpus Christi Fuel or the Texas Lonestrikers. Three exceptions to this were Galveston Pirate SC, Regals FC, and Tulsa Lobos FC, adopting naming conventions usually seen in European clubs. However, one new team RGV Ocelots FC continued this trend. One club has their name from their origins in defunct American professional soccer leagues like the NASL, the 1978-80 Houston Hurricane.
There are only two SPSL clubs whose name does not specify a city, state, or region. Club América Academy is named for the Mexican team Club de Fútbol América, who are often known by their nickname "Águilas," which translates to "Eagles". Regals FC elected not to utilize a geographical reference as well.