The National Premier Soccer League (NPSL Inc.) is pleased to announce that a management services agreement (MSA) has been reached with the 11 Founders Cup teams, which are operating under a separate LLC.
The MSA provides operational support for the Founders Cup and gives the right for the tournament to use the NPSL logo and brand through December 31, 2019.
“For several years, the NPSL has been aware of a demand from our membership for a way to play soccer at a higher level and over a longer season than our NPSL teams currently play,” NPSL Chairman Kenneth Farrell commented. “The Founders Cup is an opportunity for us to pilot the idea of a league that sits above the NPSL, and gives NPSL members the opportunity to grow their business and advance their team to a higher level. We have done our due diligence and continue to explore the best options to best serve our members.”
In November 2018, the NPSL announced the launch of the Founders Cup, an eleven-team tournament to be played primarily by NPSL teams with paid professional players, coaches, and staff.
“The response to the Founders Cup from fans, supporters, and the media has been nothing short of remarkable,” Farrell added. “The excitement and anticipation for this event has been growing since our initial announcement in November and 2019 is shaping up to be one of the biggest seasons in the history of our league.”
The Founders Cup’s 11 teams have already been split into two regions: the East Region and the West Region. The East Region includes Chattanooga FC, Detroit City FC, Miami FC, Miami United FC, Milwaukee Torrent, and New York Cosmos. The West Region includes ASC San Diego, Cal FC, FC Arizona, Napa Valley 1839 FC, and Oakland Roots.
“We are extremely excited about the Founders Cup,” The Miami FC CEO Sean Flynn noted. “We have 11 incredible teams, talented players, and some of the most passionate fans and supporters in all of American soccer. We know that this will be a special competition and that our teams will have much success on and off the field.”