United Premier Soccer League

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United Premier Soccer League
UPSL new logo.png
Founded 2011
Country United States
Confederation CONCACAF
US Soccer
Conferences 11
Number of teams 130
Level on pyramid 5
Domestic cup(s) Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
Current champions Santa Ana Winds FC (2017-18)
Website UPSLsoccer

The United Premier Soccer League (UPSL) is a full season, American adult amateur soccer league that was founded in Santa Ana in Southern California, with teams in the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, Nevada, New York, the Carolinas and Utah. On September 6, 2017, the UPSL announced a merger with the Premier League of America adding eleven Midwest teams to the UPSL, from the states of Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin. The league is a National Affiliate of the United States Adult Soccer Association, within the larger United States soccer league system.[1][2]

History[edit]

The UPSL was formed in 2011 and has over 90 member clubs in nineteen states.[3] Each UPSL team is independently owned and operated.[4] The league played two seasons each calendar year (October–April and May–August) before switching to a March to July and September to December format, followed by championship playoffs.[5] The league intends to have over 100 teams for its 2018 Spring Season.[3]

UPSL announced it would begin promotion/relegation system beginning in 2017.[6][7] Teams will compete in two divisions: Pro Premier and Championship.

In November 2016 the UPSL announced the addition of a Colorado conference set to begin in 2017.[8][9]

In August 2017, the league announced that all eleven clubs of the Premier League of America would be joining the USPL as a new Midwest Conference. The conference will initiate friendlies during the 2017 Fall Season and begin league play in 2018.[3]

U.S. Open Cup[edit]

Former member club PSA Elite is known for reaching the fourth round of the 2014 and the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup by knocking out higher level professional teams. Three UPSL teams, La Máquina FC, L.A. Wolves FC, and San Nicolas FC qualified for the 2016 U.S. Open Cup.[10] La Máquina FC advanced to the fourth round (knocking out Portland Timbers U23, Sacramento Gold and LA Wolves FC) before falling to LA Galaxy.[11] The UPSL's participants in the 2016 US Open Cup altogether defeated teams from the PDL (Timbers U-23), NPSL (Sacramento Gold), and USL (Orange County Blues).

Teams[edit]


Locations of UPSL Pro Premier Division clubs for 2017
Western Conference
Pro Premier Division
City
Anaheim Legacy FC Anaheim, CA
Bell Gardens FC Bell Gardens, CA
La Máquina FC Santa Ana, CA
L.A. Wolves FC Torrance, CA
Lionside FC Redondo Beach, CA
OC Invicta FC Fullerton, CA
Orange County FC 2 Irvine, CA
PSC Football Club Orange County, CA
San Diego Zest FC 2 San Diego, CA
San Fernando Valley Scorpions SC San Fernando Valley, CA
Santa Ana Winds FC Santa Ana, CA
Santa Clarita Storm Santa Clarita, CA
Sporting San Fernando San Fernando Valley, CA
Strikers FC South Coast Huntington Beach, CA
Valley United SC North Hills, CA
Western Conference
Championship Division
City
Atlas FC USA San Juan Capistrano, CA
Black Gold Oil FC Westwood, CA
CF Cachorros USA Santa Ana, CA
Del Rey City SC Playa del Rey, CA
Fontana International SC Fontana, CA
L.A. Roma FC Beverly Hills, CA
L.A. Wolves FC Reserves Torrance, CA
Long Beach City FC Long Beach, CA
Newcastle United FC Upland, CA
Newhall Premier FC Santa Clarita, CA
Newport FC Newport Beach, CA
OC Crew SC Lake Forest, CA
Pacific Side FC Bakersfield, CA
Panamerican FC Glendale, CA
San Fernando Valley FC San Fernando, CA
SoCal Troop FC Cypress, CA
Strikers FC SC Reserves Huntington Beach, CA
Tiburones Rojos USA Paramount, CA
Toros Neza USA Corona, CA
United Football Academy Hawks Los Angeles, CA
Wild West Conference City
AFC San Francisco Hearts San Francisco, CA
Azteca FC Sacramento, CA
Boise FC Cutthroats Boise, ID
California Victory FC Petaluma, CA
CD Aguiluchos USA U23 Oakland, CA
Dynamos FC San Ramon, CA
East Bay FC Stompers Juniors Hayward, CA
FC Sacramento Sacramento, CA
JASA RWC Redwood City, CA
Napa Sporting SC Napa, CA
Oakland Pamperos Oakland, CA
Real San Jose San Jose, CA
Redding Royals FC Redding, CA
Southern Oregon Starphire FC Medford, OR
Western Nevada FC Dayton, NV
Southwest Conference City
FC Grande Las Cruces, NM
Las Vegas City FC Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Mobsters Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas SC Las Vegas, NV
Southwest FC El Paso, TX
Sporting AZ FC Mesa, AZ
Summerlin Red Rocks FC Summerlin, NV
Utah Conference City
Logan United FC Logan, UT
Provo Premier Provo, UT
San Juan FC Salt Lake City, UT
Utah Saints FC Davis County, UT
Colorado Conference
Pro Premier Division
City
FC Boulder Boulder, CO
Colorado Rush Littleton, CO
Colorado Springs FC Colorado Springs, CO
Denver Metro FC Denver, CO
FC Greeley Greeley, CO
GAM United FC Denver, CO
Indios Denver FC Denver, CO
Legions FC Denver, CO
Logroñes Denver SC Denver, CO
Northern Colorado FC Fort Collins, CO
Colorado Conference
Championship Division
City
Athletic Club of Sloan's Lake Denver, CO
Indios Denver FC U23 Denver, CO
Longmont Diablos FC Longmont, CO
Monaco FC Denver, CO
Real Medina PSL Boulder, CO
Texas Conference City
FC Knights Killeen, TX
FC Imperial Texas
Inocentes FC Fort Worth, TX
Katy Tigres Futbol Club Katy, TX
Keene FC Keene, TX
Round Rock SC Round Rock, TX
USA ISI FC Houston, TX
Midwest Conference City
AAFC Lumberjacks Ann Arbor, MI
Aurora Borealis SC Aurora, IL
Carpathia FC Sterling Heights, MI
Cedar Rapids Rampage United Cedar Rapids, IA
Croatian Eagles SC Franklin, WI
DeKalb County United DeKalb, IL
Elgin Pumas SC Elgin, IL
Joliet United SC Joliet, IL
Madison 56ers Madison, WI
Milwaukee Bavarian SC Glendale, WI
Muskegon Risers SC Muskegon, MI
Nebraska Bugeaters FC Lincoln, NE
Oakland County FC Royal Oak, MI
RWB Adria River Grove, IL
Santa Fe Wanderers Kansas City, KS
St. Louis Maritsa St. Louis, MO
Toledo Villa FC Sylvania, OH
Union Dubuque FC Dubuque, IA
USAi Old Bhoys Indianapolis, IN
Northeast Conference City
Boston Siege FC Boston, MA
International SC Nashua, NH
Junior Lone Star FC Philadelphia, PA
Krajisnik SC Utica, NY
Lincoln Club Futebol Lincoln, RI
Lynn United Lynn, MA
Mass United FC Boston, MA
New Hampshire Rapids FC Hampton, NH
New Jersey Teamsters FC Bayonne, NJ
Safira FC Somerville, MA
Super 9 Pro FC Rochester, NY
Southeast Conference City
C-Ville FC Charlottesville, VA
FC Cardinals Winston-Salem, NC
Lowcountry United FC Charleston, SC
Savannah Clovers FC Savannah, GA
Sparta 20/20 FC Spartanburg, SC
Central Florida Conference City
Deportivo Lake Mary Lake Mary, FL
Inter Orlando FC Orlando, FL
Sporting Orlando Orlando, FL
Winter Haven United FC Winter Haven, FL
South Florida Conference City
Broncos United FC Miami, FL
FC Ginga Miami, FL
Hialeah City FC Hialeah, FL
Miami Dade FC Elite Miami, FL
Miami Wolves FC Miami, FL
Pinecrest SC Pinecrest, FL
Plantation FC Plantation, FL
West Park FC West Park, FL

Champions[edit]

Season Champion Runner-up Result
2011–12 OC Crew SC Santa Ana Winds FC
2012–13 Santa Ana Winds FC
2013–14 OC Crew SC Tustin Legends FC 5–3
2014–15 La Máquina FC Glory United 4–1
2015 Summer San Nicholas FC LA Wolves FC 2–0
2015–16 Strikers FC South Coast San Pedro Monsters 3–1[12]
2016 Winter Moreno Valley FC
2016–17 FC Anahuac Inter Arizona FC 0–0 (5–4 Pen)
2017 Summer LA Wolves FC Cal Victory FC 2–1
2017–18 OC Invicta FC Santa Ana Winds FC 3–2

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