The NPSL Remembers Joe Barone

The NPSL family was deeply saddened to learn of Joe Barone’s passing on March 19th.  Barone led the NPSL as its chairman from 2013 to 2018, a period that was marked by unprecedented expansion and brand recognition for the league.  Barone was a true advocate for the NPSL and took immense pride in the success of its teams, coaches, and players.

A tireless supporter of amateur soccer in the U.S., Barone found joy and purpose in helping young players reach their dreams through the beautiful game.

Barone’s influence extended inside and outside of the NPSL thanks to his leadership roles with the Brooklyn Italians, New York Cosmos, and most recently ACF Fiorentina in Italy.

Joe’s involvement with the NPSL was truly a family affair.  His wife Camilla was a fixture at Brooklyn Italians matches, along with their daughter Gabriella.  Salvatore and Giuseppe Barone were past NPSL players.  Pietro frequently assisted on the business side of his father’s soccer endeavors, including attending the 2014 NPSL Annual General Meeting in New York, helping to manage the event alongside his father.

“Joe realized his dream of running a professional soccer team and of all places, his beloved Italy,” NPSL Chairman Kenneth Farrell said. “My heart goes out to his wife and children.”

The thoughts and prayers of the entire league are with the Barone family during this difficult time.

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