CHICAGO (September 4, 2020) – The National Independent Soccer Associatio (NISA) proudly announces its amateur league affiliation with the Eastern Premier Soccer League (EPSL). Underscoring NISA’s grassroots growth, the agreement follows NISA’s recent amateur affiliations with the Gulf Coast Premier League and the Midwest Premier League.
This affiliation allows both organizations a chance to strengthen our positions as champions of player and game development,” says NISA Executive Vice President of Expansion Josh Prutch. "The EPSL is visibly just as dedicated as we are to growing independent soccer through the open system where advancement is decided on the pitch.” As with the other recent affiliation agreements, NISA will allow EPSL at least two merit- based spots in the annual NISA Independent Cup tournament. EPSL also will be an active participant on the NISA Alliance Board which manages the interconnectedness of the growing number of affiliates.
The EPSL, jointly headquartered in Fairview, NJ, and Towson, Md., is a league aligned with NISA’s focusing on advancement through sporting merit. Last July, EPSL announced agreements with the Cosmopolitan Soccer League in the New York metropolitan area and the Baltimore/DC based Maryland Major Soccer League to establish the first regional based, multi-league promotion and relegation system in the United States. The EPSL is in active discussions to partner with other elite local leagues as feeder leagues.
“It is our mission to serve our players and clubs by finding the best alliances and opportunities to grow,” says EPSL President Bill George. “Our clubs include some of the best amateur teams in the country including national champions and clubs that have qualified for the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. The EPSL’s affiliation with NISA enhances what we are building. Now local clubs from the Cosmopolitan Soccer League and Maryland Majors not only have the opportunity to promote to regional league in the EPSL, but now they have a clear path to professional soccer and the opportunities and exposure that come with competing in the NISA Independent Cup.”
The EPSL currently has 16 teams from across New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania (the Metropolitan Conference) and Maryland, DC, and Virginia (the Mid- Atlantic Conference) areas. Current teams include: Metropolitan Conference : Cedar Stars Academy, Doxa SC, KidSuper Samba AC, Lansdowne Yonkers FC, NY Athletic Club, NY Greek Americans, NY Pancyprian Freedoms, Philadelphia Lone Star FC, Seft FC, Sporting Astoria SC, and Zum Schneider 03 along with Mid-Atlantic Conference: AC Commonwealth, Maryland Bobcats FC, Northern Virginia FC, Steel Pulse FC, and VA United.
"EPSL has made a big splash in a relatively short period of time and are true believers in the open system,” says NISA Commissioner John Prutch. “We are truly becoming an association of independent leagues and clubs with a shared vision. EPSL’s great leadership will add significantly to our unified voice in the future of soccer in this country.”
About the Eastern Premier Soccer League
Formed in 2020, the EPSL is a 501(c) non-profit corporation, which is owned by the member clubs and the feeder leagues. Unlike other national and regional leagues, the clubs and feeder leagues will participate in governance including the establishing of fees, prize money, and schedule in order to keep costs down and minimize travel. The EPSL will continue to make announcements on what clubs will complete in its inaugural season in the coming weeks and months. Due of course to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, actual return to play will be dictated by guidance from federal, state, and local health officials along with applicable soccer governing bodies. EPSL clubs will be affiliated with the US Soccer Federation (USSF) and the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA), through their state associations and, as such, will be eligible to participate in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup qualifying rounds, the US National Amateur Cup and state and regional cup competitions. More information about EPSL can be found at epslsoccer.com or on the league’s social media platforms
The National Independent Soccer Association was founded in 2017 with a mission to bring professional soccer to every city in the United States. A pro league member of U.S. Soccer, NISA focuses on a model based on meritocracy, independent clubscontrolling their own league, clubs owning their intellectual property, all without the barrier of territorial rights. Playing under the U.S. Soccer Federation, the NISA Fall 2020 season and Championship Tournament runs August 8th - October 2nd. NISA also runs the mid-summer Independent Cup, open to independent professional and amateur clubs alike. For more information about NISA visit NISAOfficial.com or contact at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow NISA on Twitter @NISALeague and on Instagram @nisasoccer.