NISA submits application for sanctioning of new Division III pro league in 2019

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 February.

In addition to operating on a fall-to-spring calendar, like many teams in Europe, NISA has no entry fees.
3 comments about "NISA submits application for sanctioning of new Division III pro league in 2019".
  1. R2 Dad, September 5, 2018 at 12:24 a.m.

    NISA was never going anywhere, anyway. Aside from just 3 teams, there is no payoff for sucessful teams, no promotion, no reward for players and fans for winning. Until Cordiero can change the dynamic in this country, where good teams get rewarded and poor teams get punished, these leagues operate in sterile silos bereft of real drama. Essentailly, no one cares outside of the team's immediate fans. There are no bandwagons to jump on outside of an occassional Open Cup run. zzzzzzzz.....

  2. s fatschel, September 5, 2018 at 1:13 p.m.

    USL D3 also looks to be in trouble as 10 teams can not survive the travel costs and low attendance.  USSF needs to take the lead with a bottom up approach with 100 teams and regional games. Even most USL D2 teams, the only fans are parents of the club's youth program and camps. The entertainment value is just to low compared to TV offering...constant loss of possession like tennis match, balls in the air and lack of homegrown doesn't help. 

  3. R2 Dad replied, September 6, 2018 at 12:03 a.m.

    Agree with your points. Sadly, I think it's going to take another 20 years of D2 and D3 sucking and failing before there is more pressure on USSF to do anything. We're going to have to continue doing it the MLS way for a while. You'd think it would be embarrassing for these MLS clubs to continually lose their good players to Europe at 18, but USSF doesn't have leverage over the USMNT player pools like they do over the women.

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