The National Independent Soccer Association has petitioned U.S. Soccer for admission as a Division III men's pro league to begin play in August 2019.
NISA is the second league to
submit an application as a new Division III men's pro league after USL Division III, whose application included 10 teams
. The NPSL is exploring the launch of a
pro league outside of U.S. Soccer's divisional structure.
To be approved for Division III sanctioning, a league must have at least eight teams. The Professional League Standards are less
than those for Division I or Division II:
-- A team's principal owner (share of 35 percent or more) must have a network of $10 million;
-- The stadium in which the team plays must
seat at least 1,000 fans.
(There are other criteria related to hosting -- locker rooms, press box, lighting.)
NISA had hoped to launch in the spring of 2018, but plans were
postponed after only three of the eight teams that submitted applications
to the new Division 3 were accepted. Peter Wilt
, who was spearheading the effort to get the league off the ground, has since left to operate the new Madison team in USL Division
III. Jack Cummins
, the other NISA co-founder, died suddenly after a brief illness
In addition to operating on a fall-to-spring calendar, like many teams in Europe, NISA has no entry fees.