NPSL will launch spring and fall seasons

The National Premier Soccer League, which until now has concentrated on playing during the summer when college players are available, will add a spring/fall season to go along with its summer championship.

The spring season will run from early March to late April, then break for the existing NPSL summer season.  The fall segment will begin in late August and continue in the fall with playoffs taking place in November.

The NPSL planned to start a Founders Cup for league teams interested in going pro. But those plans were scratched because of problems getting insurance, and it is operating a scaled back Members Cup.

The NPSL's two best drawing teams, Detroit City FC and Chattanooga FC, are playing in the Members Cup but will move to the new Division III NISA in 2020 and have already begun playing friendly games against NISA teams.

The addition of spring-fall seasons comes as the NPSL faces competition from the UPSL, which fields more than 300 teams.

“We are excited to offer our members, players, staff, fans, and supporters the highest level of amateur soccer available in the United States,” NPSL chairman Kenny Farrell said. “This season fills a great need in American soccer.  A longer season will provide more opportunities for our players, while teams will benefit from a year-round presence in their market.”

To differentiate itself from the UPSL, the NPSL stated that the spring/fall season will have "increased standards" related to stadiums, staffing, budget and referees though players will be amateurs.
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