NISA, which opened its abbreviated fall championship last weekend, has
reached an affiliation agreement with the Gulf Coast Premier League, which has 13 clubs across Gulf Coast states.
Two GCPL's clubs, Gaffa FC and Louisiana Krewe, participated in the NISA Independent Cup, and Gaffa FC, based in Mississippi, won the Central Plains regional championship.
Two GCPL clubs have also played in the U.S. Open Cup, Motagua New Orleans (2016) and Louisiana Krewe (2020).
"This is a big step for independent soccer and creating the foundation for a true open system in this country," said NISA commissioner John Prutch. "The goal is to give independent clubs a larger, unified voice in the future of soccer in this country."
The GCPL, which was founded in 2014, canceled its summer season for 2020.
On the league's affiliation with NISA, GCPL president Jeremy Poklemba said, "The GCPL has always sought out what we genuinely believed to be the best for player development and club culture in the Gulf Coast. Growing our network and connecting ourselves to other like-minded entities are just two of the ways we are continuing to be the front-runner for soccer in the Gulf Coast."