National Premier Soccer League
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|Divisions||14 conferences in 4 regions|
|Number of teams||92|
|Domestic cup(s)||U.S. Open Cup|
|Current champions||FC Motown (1st title)|
|Most championships||Miami FC (2 titles)|
|TV partners||Eleven Sports|
|Current: 2022 NPSL season|
The National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) is an American men's 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".
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.
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. 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.
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.
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 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 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).
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|Team||City||Stadium||Founded||First NPSL Season||Head coach|
|North Atlantic Conference|
|Cedar Stars FC||Middletown, New York||Faller Field||2021||2022|
|Hartford City FC||Hartford, Connecticut||Trinity Health Stadium||2015||2017||Nick Balistierri|
|Kingston Stockade FC||Kingston, New York||Dietz Stadium||2015||2016||Jamal Lis-Simmons|
|New York Shockers||Albany, New York||Afrim's Sports Park||2021||2021||Matt Esposito|
|Syracuse FC||Syracuse, New York||David W. Murphy Field||2017||2017||Matt Tantalo|
|Valeo FC||Newton, Massachusetts||Solomon Schechter Day School||2008||2020||Corlton Simmond|
|Atlantic City FC||Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey||Silver Eagle Stadium||2017||2018||Kristian O'Leary|
|Electric City Shock||Scranton, Pennsylvania||Fitzpatrick Field||2013||2014||James Bell|
|Hershey FC||Hershey, Pennsylvania||Hershey High School Stadium||2013||2013||Dustin Bixler|
|Jackson Lions FC||Toms River, New Jersey||Donovan Catholic High School||2014||2022|
|FC Monmouth||Red Bank, New Jersey||Count Basie Park||2017||2018||John Killick|
|FC Motown||Madison, New Jersey||Ranger Stadium||2012||2013||Šaćir Hot|
|Pennsylvania Classics||Manheim, Pennsylvania||Spooky Nook Sports Lancaster||2004||2022|
|Philadelphia Lone Star FC||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||South Philadelphia Athletic Super Site||2001||2012||Fatoma Turay|
|Philadelphia Ukrainian Nationals||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||Ukrainian American Sport Center||1950||2022|
|Torch FC||Perkasie, Pennsylvania||Pennridge High School Stadium||2010||2011||Daniel Byrd|
|West Chester United SC||West Chester, Pennsylvania||Ciccarone Field||1976||2017||Blaise Santangelo|
|Alexandria Reds||Alexandria, Virginia||Limerick Field||1970||2022|
|First State FC||Wilmington, Delaware||Abessinio Stadium||2019||2020||Chibsah Faisal|
|FC Frederick||Frederick, Maryland||Thomas Athletic Field||1986||2015||Chris Spinks|
|Grove Soccer United||Glen Allen, Virginia||Deep Run High School||2021||2022|
|Northern Virginia United FC||Leesburg, Virginia||Cropp Metcalfe Park at Evergreen Sportsplex||2018||2018||Brian Welsh|
|Virginia Beach City FC||Norfolk, Virginia||Powhatan Field||2013||2014||Stéphane Thys|
|Apotheos FC||Kennesaw, Georgia||North Cobb Christian School||2021||2022|
|Appalachian FC||Boone, North Carolina||Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex||2020||2021||Dale Parker|
|Georgia Revolution FC||McDonough, Georgia||Warhawk Stadium||2010||2011||Ricky Davey|
|Georgia Storm FC||Carrollton, Georgia||University of West Georgia Soccer Field||2020||2021||Joshua Bivens|
|LSA Athletico Lanier||Gainesville, Georgia||Allen Creek Soccer Complex||2020||2020|
|North Alabama SC||Huntsville, Alabama||John Hunt Park||2008||2020|
|Gulf Coast Conference|
|AFC Mobile||Mobile, Alabama||Archbishop Lipscomb Athletic Complex||2015||2020||Steve Wieczorek|
|Florida Roots FC||Panama City, Florida||Tommy Oliver Stadium||2018||2021|
|Jacksonville Armada U-23||Jacksonville, Florida||Patton Park||2010||2016||Tommy Križanović|
|New Orleans Jesters||New Orleans, Louisiana||Pan American Stadium||2003||2013||Kenny Farrell|
|Pensacola FC||Pensacola, Florida||Ashton Brosnaham Stadium||2013||2020||Dean Logan|
|Southern States SC||Hattiesburg, Mississippi||The Oakes Training Center||2015||2021||Carl Reynolds|
|Tallahassee SC||Tallahassee, Florida||Gene Cox Stadium||2018||2020||Josh Bruno|
|Central Florida Panthers SC||Winter Park, Florida||Showalter Field||2019||2019||Tom Traxler|
|Magia FC||Miami Gardens, Florida||Monsignor Pace High School||2018||2022|
|Miami Beach CF||Miami Beach, Florida||Flamingo Park||2022||2022||Francesco Esposito|
|Miami Dutch Lions FC||Olympia Heights, Florida||Tropical Park Stadium||2019||2020||Robert Stoutenburg|
|Miami United FC||North Miami Beach, Florida||North Miami Athletic Stadium||2012||2013||Ferdinando De Matthaeis|
|Naples United FC||Naples, Florida||Fleischmann Park||2017||2017||Vicente Sandoval|
|Arkansas Wolves FC||Little Rock, Arkansas||Scott Field||2018||2021||Sabello Lwongwane|
|Club Atletico Saint Louis||St. Louis, Missouri||Creve Coure Soccer Complex||2016||2022||Ricardo Garza|
|Demize NPSL||Springfield, Missouri||Cooper Stadium||2014||2014||Matthew Caley|
|OKC 1889 FC||Oklahoma City, Oklahoma||Tom Thompson Field||2017||2021||Niall Burley|
|Reign FK||Bartlesville, Oklahoma||OKWU Soccer Complex||2019||2021||Walter Hubbard|
|Sunflower State FC||Overland Park, Kansas||Mill Valley High School Field||2020||2022||Nick McDonald|
|Tulsa Athletic||Tulsa, Oklahoma||Veterans Park||2013||2013||Levi Coleman|
|Lone Star Conference|
|Austin United FC||Round Rock, Texas||Round Rock Multipurpose Sports Complex||2017||2020|
|FC Brownsville||Brownsville, Texas||Brownsville Sports Park||2018||2018|
|CF10 Houston FC||Katy, Texas||British International School of Houston||2017||2018|
|Corinthians FC of San Antonio||San Antonio, Texas||Wheatley Heights Sports Complex||2009||2022|
|Coyotes FC||Temple, Texas||Woodson Field||2018||2020||Ruben Galvan|
|Denton Diablos FC||Denton, Texas||North Texas Soccer and Track & Field Stadium||2018||2019||Ramon Raya|
|Fort Worth Vaqueros FC||Fort Worth, Texas||W.O. Barnes Memorial Stadium||2014||2014||Tony Merola|
|Irving FC||Irving, Texas||Joe and Ralph Ellis Stadium||2018||2021|
|Laredo Heat SC||Laredo, Texas||Texas A&M International University Soccer Complex||2004||2018||John Powell|
|Lubbock Matadors||Lubbock, Texas||Lowrey Field||2021||2022||Paul Gilbert|
|Rust Belt Conference|
|Akron City FC||Akron, Ohio||Green Street Stadium||2021||2022||Kia Zolgharnain|
|FC Buffalo||Buffalo, New York||All-High Stadium||2009||2010||Ryan "Ozzy" Osborne|
|Cleveland SC||Berea, Ohio||George Finnie Stadium||2018||2018||Vlad Muresan|
|Erie Commodores FC||Erie, Pennsylvania||Erie Sports Center||2009||2009||Dale White|
|Pittsburgh Hotspurs||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania||The Ellis School||2019||2019||Tom Campbell|
|Great Lakes Conference|
|Carpathia FC||Sterling Heights, Michigan||Avondale High School||1952||2020||Joey Tinnion|
|FC Columbus||Grandview Heights, Ohio||Anderson Field||2018||2018||Maziya Chete|
|FC Milwaukee Torrent||Wauwatosa, Wisconsin||Hart Park||2015||2016||Steve Provan|
|Muskegon Risers||Muskegon, Michigan||Kehren Stadium||2014||2020|
|Panathinaikos Chicago||Palatine, Illinois||Harper College||2019||2021||Trevor McGrann|
|Dakota Fusion FC||Fargo, North Dakota||Jim Gotta Stadium||2015||2017||Jon Melendez|
|Duluth FC||Duluth, Minnesota||Public Schools Stadium||2015||2017||Sean Morgan|
|Joy St. Louis Park||St. Louis Park, Minnesota||Oriole Stadium||2021||2021||Arinze Ezirike|
|LC Aris FC||La Crosse, Wisconsin||Logan High School||2009||2009||Greg Saliaras|
|Med City FC||Rochester, Minnesota||Rochester Regional Sports Center||2016||2017||Neil Cassidy|
|Minneapolis City SC||Minneapolis, Minnesota||Edor Nelson Field||2015||2017||Matt vanBenschoten|
|Minnesota TwinStars FC||Brooklyn Park, Minnesota||Park Center Senior High School||1997||2022|
|Sioux Falls Thunder FC||Sioux Falls, South Dakota||Harrisburg High School||2016||2016|
|Golden Gate Conference|
|Academica SC||Turlock, California||Academica Field||1972||2018||Sergio Sousa|
|Contra Costa FC||Walnut Creek, California||Mount Diablo High School||2015||2021||Christian Castillo|
|El Farolito SC||San Francisco, California||Boxer Stadium||1985||2018||Santiago Lopez|
|FC Davis||Davis, California||Playfields Sports Park||2017||2018||Kris Hall|
|Napa Valley 1839 FC||Napa, California||Dodd Stadium||2016||2017||Mark Corbett|
|Oakland SC||Oakland, California||Oakland Tech||1974||2022|
|Oakland Stompers||Oakland, California||Raimondi Park||2009||2021|
|Sacramento Gold FC||Sacramento, California||Capital Christian Stadium||2009||2010||Ruben Mora Jr.|
|Sonoma County Sol||Petaluma, California||Petaluma Community Sports Fields||2004||2005||Vinny Cortezzo|
|FC Arizona||Gilbert, Arizona||Campo Verde High School||2016||2017||Dave Rogers|
|Crossfire Redmond||Bellevue, Washington||Courter Field||2018||2019||Bernie James|
|International Portland Select FC||Vancouver, Washington||Kiggins Bowl||2012||2014||Sergio Medel|
|Las Vegas Legends||Las Vegas, Nevada||Peter Johann Memorial Field||2012||2020||Juan Carlos García|
|OSA Seattle FC||Burien, Washington||Highline High School||2015||2015||Juan Pablo Murillo|
|SC Brave Lions||Glendale, California||Glendale Community College||2021||2022||Artur Aghasyan|
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. 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.
- Two game series ended 5–5, with both away teams winning 3–2
- Game ended 1–1 with no away goal tiebreaker in place
- Dallas City went on hiatus for the 2018 season, meaning no competition for the cup was held
- Event returned in 2020, but only with Tulas Athletic and UPSL side Deportivo Alacranes taking part
- 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.
- Series ended tied 3–3 after two games
- 2012 series ended in tie, home team won respected leg 3–1
- 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. However, following the departure of numerous previously announced teams and issues in launching the professional league the tournament was altered.
Records and champions
|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|
|2021||Denton Diablos FC||5–2||Tulsa Athletic|
|2022||FC Motown||4-3||Crossfire Redmond|
NPSL Golden Boot
|2015||Miguel Herlein||New York Cosmos B||16|||
|Simon Rawnsley||Aguiluchos USA||16|||
|2016||Nana Addai||Rhode Island Reds||18|||
|Simon Rawnsley||Aguiluchos USA||18|||
|2017||Alessandro Canale||Orange County FC||18|||
|Amani Walker||Albion SC Pros||18|||
|2018||Omar Nuño||Sonoma County Sol||20|||
|2019||César Mexia||FC Arizona||18|||
|2020||none awarded due to COVID-19|
|2021||Sidney Warren||Duluth FC||16|||
NPSL Young Player of the Year
- 2018: Joseph Okumu, AFC Ann Arbor
- 2019: Jamie Smith, Asheville City SC
- 2020: none awarded due to COVID-19
- 2021: Ben Bender, FC Baltimore Christos
- Kenny Farrell - New Orleans Jesters - chairman
- John Nunan - Sacramento Gold FC - corporate secretary
- Steven Wagoner - Virginia Beach City FC - corporate treasurer
NPSL board of directors
- Adam Lewin - FC Davis
- Brandon Jantz - Temecula FC
- John Melody - Erie Commodores FC
- Tim Sas - Duluth FC
- Nathan Walter - Jacksonville Armada FC U-23
- Sonny Dalesandro - Tulsa Athletic
- Dennis Crowley - Kingston Stockade FC
- Rich Sparling - Torch FC
NPSL leadership staff
- Cindy Spera - managing director
- Gary Moody - media relations
- Paul Scott - director of officials
- Dina Case - director of membership development
- Robin Shacket - director of operations and club services
- Jeff Pejsa - brand manager
In April 2020, the NPSL launched a competitive gaming competition to promote the growth of the league in new areas. 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.
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