NPSL Founders Cup scratched, Miami FC moves to NISA

Less than three weeks before its launch, the National Premier Soccer League dropped plans for the Founders Cup, which was initially slated to have 11 teams, and will move forward with the NPSL Members Cup with six teams.

The latest defection was reigning NPSL champion Miami FC, which has advanced to the semifinals of the 2019 playoffs. NISA announced that Miami FC will join the league for its fall 2019 launch.

The NPSL Members Cup will be governed by United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA) and brought into the NPSL corporate structure, managed by NPSL staff with NPSL member participants. The NPSL Founders Cup name will no longer be used.

The Members Cup will include Chattanooga FC, Detroit City FC, Milwaukee Torrent, Napa Valley 1839 FC and New York Cosmos, all slated to play in the Founders Cup, and one new team, Michigan Stars FC. The six teams will play a 10-game fall schedule beginning on Aug. 10.

Since the original announcement of the Founders Cup last November, California United Strikers FC and the Oakland Roots pulled out -- both will play in NISA -- and Napa joined the league. Now also gone are ASC San Diego, Cal FC, FC Arizona and Miami United FC.

In Saturday's NPSL summer semifinals, Miami FC will host Cleveland SC and the Cosmos will play ASC San Diego.

NISA's Web site has a Sept. 7 start date for the league and lists 10 markets but details about the league remain sketchy. A "News" section on the league Web site has posted three articles since the league received U.S. Soccer sanctioning as a Division III pro league in February.

5 comments about "NPSL Founders Cup scratched, Miami FC moves to NISA".
  1. R2 Dad, July 25, 2019 at 11:39 a.m.

    If US Soccer can't rationalize the league structure below MLS, maybe we need a new entity that is capable. Because if the roots of the system are disorganized and weak, how can the whole organization grow? US Soccer spends all their time trimming the greenery high up the tree while refusing to water the roots.

  2. Paul Berry replied, July 25, 2019 at 12:59 p.m.

    It is rationalized. There's the Pro council, which includes MLS, NWSL, the USL Championship and USL League One. ISA will join the Pro ranks this fall.

    includes PDL/USL League One, which has age restrictions and mainly features NCAA players, and NPSL which is independent. It also governs UPSL, and dozens of state and regional associations.

  3. Paul Berry replied, July 25, 2019 at 12:59 p.m.

    It is rationalized. There's the Pro council, which includes MLS, NWSL, the USL Championship and USL League One. ISA will join the Pro ranks this fall.

    includes PDL/USL League One, which has age restrictions and mainly features NCAA players, and NPSL which is independent. It also governs UPSL, and dozens of state and regional associations.

  4. R2 Dad replied, July 25, 2019 at 5:34 p.m.

    The concept of competing leagues, where clubs decide which league they want to play in, tells me that's not the case. The idea of private, separate leagues competing for clubs is the definition of nonsense--we have it at the youth level and it's a major source of contention in this country.

  5. Paul Berry, July 25, 2019 at 1 p.m.

    Sorry, accidentally double-clicked enter before finishing my post.

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