NPSL Adds Spring And Fall Segments To Schedule
In addition to the already established NPSL summer season, teams will start playing in early March thru April for a spring segment, taking a break for the summer season, and then continuing to the fall season, which will end in November with a national championship game.
The National Premier Soccer League’s (NPSL) announced that they are adding an additional season to their 2020 season. The new season will be broke up into two segments: spring and fall. The spring segment will begin in early March and continue through late April, breaking from May through mid-August for the existing NPSL summer season. The fall segment will begin in late August and continue through October/November, with playoffs, including a national championship game, taking place in November.
“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.”
There will be a separate schedule and standing for the spring/fall season and the summer season, and the seasons will not overlap with each other. Teams that participate in the spring/fall season will be required to participate in the existing summer season as well.
In an effort to increase the level of play and competition on the field, the spring/fall season will have increased standards with regards to stadia, staffing, budget, and referees.
“There are many talented players that want something beyond a summer season. This season fills a gap, offering players a longer season that will provide additional opportunities for development and exposure.”
Cindy Spera – NPSL Managing Director
Players that compete in the spring/fall season will be amateurs or unpaid professionals. The season will remain under the sanctioning of the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA) and will not be subject to Professional League Standards.
“USASA are fully supportive of the NPSL’s plans to introduce additional seasons in 2020. This will allow players and fans more opportunities to play and support their local teams.”
Duncan Riddle – USASA Executive Director
Teams participating in the spring/fall season will be announced at a later date. Teams will be required to apply for acceptance to play in the new season, and will be vetted by NPSL staff based on the increased standards set by the league.