The National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), the only league designated by USASA as a Tier 1 national league, is proud to announce that Southern Indiana Guardians FC has joined the league as an expansion team. The club will begin play in 2024.
“We are pleased that Southern Indiana Guardians FC has joined the NPSL,” NPSL Director of Membership Development Dina Case said. “The ownership consists of several established business professionals who are excited to bring high-level soccer to Southern Indiana and its surrounding communities. They will fill a void that exists in this market and establish a strong brand that will be centered around the community and local talent. We expect this group to be a successful addition to the league.”
The club will be led by Owner and President Jeremiah LeRoy.
LeRoy played Division I soccer at California State University, Fresno before playing overseas in Germany. He is currently a coach with Southern Indiana United and the Founder and President of Mitigator FC.
“SIGFC intends to bring competitiveness and professionalism to the league in keeping with the league’s standards,” LeRoy said. “We believe that our area of the country has a wealth of young talent just looking for a place to call home, and we intend to create that home for them. We feel that we will be able to bring unseen talent into our conference and raise the level of play at the top levels of the league.”
The club will represent an area of Southern Indiana that consists of several interconnected cities collectively called Southern Indiana or Greater Louisville. These cities include New Albany, Jeffersonville, Clarksville, Floyd Knobs, Sellersburg, and Charlestown.
The club’s mission is to grow the sport of soccer in the Southern Indiana region and to provide their community with a team and organization that promotes fellowship, community, and opportunities for local players to advance to the next level. Their vision initially is to be profitable and competitive in the NPSL so that they can grow and compete for the NPSL national title.
“SIGFC chose to pursue entry into the NPSL because it is the only Tier 1 amateur league in the country,” LeRoy added. “Further, the NPSL has models and practices in place that help motivate teams to be successful and sustainable which helps the league grow and mature without the turnover of teams that exists in other leagues.”
More information about expansion opportunities in the NPSL can be found at npsl.com/expansion.