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2020 Seasons

NPSL Offering Two Seasons in 2020

The National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) is proud to announce a new season that will begin play in 2020, in addition to its current offering in the summer.

The new season will be played in the spring & fall, and is intended to fill a gap that currently exists in the soccer landscape. It will provide high quality, year round soccer at the amateur level and on the national stage.

The spring/fall season will have increased standards with regards to venue, staffing, budget, and referees. This will result in a higher level of play and competition on the field, and will attract ownership groups that are investing in soccer as a business over the long term.

Players that compete in the spring/fall season will be amateurs or non-paid 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.

Pilot conferences are being developed and will be announced at a later date. All teams will apply for acceptance to play in the spring/fall season. The exact application process will be announced shortly.

NPSL 2020 summer season

  • Sanctioned by USASA
  • Players are amateurs / non-paid
  • Not subject to Professional League Standards
  • Regional seasons with national playoffs
  • Season & playoffs run from May through August
  • Defined internal minimum standards

All items listed above are subject to change

NPSL 2020 spring/fall season

  • Sanctioned by USASA
  • Players are amateurs / non-paid
  • Not subject to Professional League Standards
  • Regional seasons with national playoffs
  • Season & playoffs start in March, pauses in April, resumes after NPSL summer season, ends in November
  • Defined INCREASED internal minimum standards

All items listed above are subject to change

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Who is operating the spring/fall season?
    • NPSL, Inc. is operating the spring/fall season, as well as operating the summer season as usual.
  2. What time is the spring/fall season being played?
    • The new season is expected to begin play in the beginning of March 2020, thru late-April 2020, breaking from May thru mid-August for the existing NPSL summer season, then resuming from late-August thru November. The new season will not overlap with the summer season.
  3. How will the NPSL National Champion be decided?
    • There will be two NPSL National Champions! One for the summer season, and one for the new season.
  4. Which teams are participating?
    • Pilot conferences are being developed and will be announced at a later date. All teams will apply for acceptance to play in the new season.  The exact application process will be announced shortly.
  5. Can a team participate in the spring/fall season but not the NPSL season in the summer?
    • Teams that participate in the spring/fall season are expected to participate in the summer season as well.
  6. Is this season seeking to use professional players, or amateur?
    • The spring/fall season will be using amateur players or non-paid professionals, exactly as the summer season will operate.
  7. Do teams participating in both seasons have to have the same players for both, or can they be different?
    • Teams have flexibility. Rosters may differ between seasons, but can also be the same if the team wishes.
  8. Will this season have Division 3 sanctioning?
    • No, the NPSL is an amateur league sanctioned by USASA, same as the summer season.
  9. What does this mean for the Members Cup?
    • The Members Cup is a tournament taking place in fall 2019. The spring/fall season begins in spring 2020 and has no relationship to the Members Cup.