The NASL's board of governors has elected Jacksonville Armada FC owner Mark Frisch
as its new chairman, replacing Aaron
, who was indicted in May in the FIFA scandals that resulted in indictments against 14 individuals.
"Mark has established himself as a leader among our owners, and
they recognized that by electing him as chairman," said NASL commissioner Bill Peterson
. "Mark has a clear vision for the future of this league, and his
guidance and input will be an important component for our continued growth."
Frisch is the founder and CEO of Sunshine Soccer Group and spearheaded the efforts to bring pro soccer
back to Jacksonville in 2013. In its first NASL season, Armada FC is third in the NASL with an average attendance of 8,247 fans a game. 2015 NASL
Attendance: AVG. TEAM
9,896 Indy Eleven
8,933 Minnesota United
6,557 San Antonio
5,262 NY Cosmos
4,726 Fort Lauderdale
2,900 Edmonton 5,907 AVERAGE
Jacksonville set the NASL attendance record with 16,164 fans for its first game at EverBank Field, home of the NFL Jaguars. It plays regularly at Community First Park, a local baseball
Frisch has assumed the role of board chairman effective immediately. The board of governors is meeting this week to review expansion plans. It will add teams in Miami and Puerto
Rico in 2016. They will give the league 13 teams.
The league must deal with the Carolina Railhawks, owned by Traffic, the sports agency whose U.S. operations Davidson headed up, and the
Atlanta Silverbacks, who are operated by the league.