NPSL confirms plans for new league with 11 teams beginning with Founders Cup

Eleven teams were confirmed as the entrants in the NPSL's new top-level league that will operate the NPSL Founders Cup from August to November 2019 before the league's anticipated full launch in 2020.

The entrants include two of the former NASL teams -- the three-time champion New York Cosmos and Miami FC, the 2017 spring and fall champion -- that were in limbo following the NASL's decision not to play in 2018. They are among eight teams that competed in the NPSL in 2018.

2019 NPSL Founders Cup entrants:
ASC San Diego (NPSL 2018)
Cal FC (UPSL 2016-18)
California United Strikers FC
Chattanooga FC (NPSL 2009-18)
Detroit City FC (NPSL 2012-18)
FC Arizona (NPSL 2017-18)
Miami FC (NASL 2016-17, NPSL 2018)
Miami United FC (NPSL 2013-18)
Milwaukee Torrent (NPSL 2016-16)
New York Cosmos (NASL 2013-17, NPSL 2018)
Oakland Roots

In a statement, the NPSL said other teams might be added. The NPSL is sanctioned by the USASA.  It has not sought pro division sanctioning from U.S. Soccer.

“Beginning with the Founders Cup, fans will be able to enjoy watching authentic clubs compete with professional players and staff," said NPSL chairman Joe Barone in a statement. "This new venture will build upon the success and experience of NPSL and its nationwide network of local soccer club members.”
1 comment about "NPSL confirms plans for new league with 11 teams beginning with Founders Cup".
  1. James Knowles, November 16, 2018 at 7:36 a.m.

    Why? Why are American leagues so intent on competing with one another rather than building within the existing structure so as to strengthen both the new clubs and the infrastructure we already have? I don’t understand this stupid bullshit that keeps going on. I will not be supporting this group without a better explanation of their intentions and some practicable way that they can coexist with what’s already there. This sounds like the NASL saying they want to challenge MLS again…. Just dumb.

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