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
Divisions 20
Conferences 9
Number of teams 164
Domestic cup(s) Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
Current champions OC Invicta FC
(2017—18)
Most championships OC Crew (2 titles)
Website UPSLsoccer
2018 UPSL season

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 regionalized conferences throughout the continental United States. 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.[1]

On January 31, 2018, the United Premier Soccer League announced a partnership with the Maryland Major Soccer League, the partnership was said to include cross promotions, sponsorships, team memberships and promotion and relegation between the leagues.[2]

The league is a National Affiliate of the United States Adult Soccer Association, within the larger United States soccer league system.[3][4]

History[edit]

The UPSL was formed in 2011 and has over 90 member clubs in nineteen states, each UPSL team is independently owned and operated. 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.

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.

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).

Current teams[edit]

Central Conference
North Division
City
Dallas Elite FC Dallas, TX
Inocentes FC Fort Worth, TX
Keene FC Keene, TX
OKC 1889 FC Oklahoma City, OK
Texas Spurs Lucas, TX
Central Conference
South Division
City
Atletico Katy Katy, TX
FC Knights Killeen, TX
ISL USA FC Houston, TX
Round Rock SC Round Rock, TX
Samba FC San Antonio San Antonio, TX
Colorado Conference
Pro Premier
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
Logroñes Denver SC Denver, CO
Northern Colorado FC Fort Collins, CO
Colorado Conference
Championship
City
Athletic Club of Sloan's Lake Lakewood, CO
Bright Stars of Colorado SC Aurora, CO
Indios Denver FC U23 Denver, CO
Longmont Diablos FC Longmont, CO
Monaco FC Denver, CO
Real Medina PSL Boulder, CO
Colorado Conference
League One
City
FC Boulder (Reserves) Boulder, CO
Midwest Conference
Central Division
City
Aurora Borealis SC Aurora, IL
DeKalb County United DeKalb, IL
Elgin Pumas SC Elgin, IL
Joliet United SC Joliet, IL
RWB Adria River Grove, IL
Union Dubuque F.C. Dubuque, IA
Midwest Conference
East Division
City
AAFC Lumberjacks Ann Arbor, MI
Carpathia FC Sterling Heights, MI
Muskegon Risers SC Muskegon, MI
Oakland County FC Royal Oak, MI
Toledo Villa FC Toledo, OH
Midwest Conference
North Division
City
Croatian Eagles SC Franklin, WI
FC Minneapolis Hopkins, MN
Granite City FC St. Cloud, MN
Green Bay United Green Bay, WI
Madison 56ers Madison, WI
Milwaukee Bavarian SC Glendale, WI
USAi Old Bhoys Indianapolis, IN
Midwest Conference
West Division
City
Barilleros FC Kansas City, KS
Nebraska Bugeaters FC Lincoln, NE
Quinto Elemento FC Kansas City, KS
Santa Fe Wanderers Kansas City, KS
St. Louis Maritsa St. Louis, MO
Mountain Conference City
Boise FC Boise, ID
Idaho Lobos FC Blackfoot, ID
Magic Valley FC Magic Valley, ID
Provo Premier Provo, UT
San Juan FC Salt Lake City, UT
Utah Saints FC Woods Cross, UT
Northeast Conference
American Division
City
Junior Lone Star FC II Philadelphia, PA
New Jersey Teamsters FC Bayonne, NJ
Philadelphia Salone FC Philadelphia, PA
Rochester Super 9 Pro FC Rochester, NY
Upper Darby FC Upper Darby Township, PA
SGFC Eagles Maryland Burtonsville, MD
Northeast Conference
Patriot Division
City
Boston Siege FC Boston, MA
International SC Nashua, NH
Juve-Pro Soccer Norfolk County, MA
Lincoln Club Futebol Lincoln, RI
Lynn United Lynn, MA
Mass United FC Boston, MA
New Hampshire Rapids FC Hampton, NH
Safira FC Somerville, MA
Unations FC Worchester, MA
Southeast Conference
Atlanta Caribbean Division
City
Atlanta Generals FC Lithonia, GA
FC Stone Mountain Lithonia, GA
Inferno United Lithonia, GA
Jamaica ATL FC Lithonia, GA
Reno FC Lithonia, GA
Sambo FC Lithonia, GA
Seas Jamaica FC Lithonia, GA
Storm FC Lithonia, GA
TC United Lithonia, GA
Vahi Athletic FC Lithonia, GA
Yardaz FC Lithonia, GA
Yolta United Lithonia, GA
Southeast Conference
Florida Central Division
City
American SC Windermere, FL
Deportivo Lake Mary Lake Mary, FL
Golden Goal Sports SC Ocoee, FL
Internacional USA Davenport, FL
Inter Orlando FC Orlando, FL
Sporting Orlando Orlando, FL
St. Petersburg FC Aztecs St. Petersburg, FL
Winter Haven United FC Winter Haven, FL
Southeast Conference
Florida South Division
City
Broncos United FC Miami, FL
Florida Soccer Soldiers North Miami Beach, FL
Fullersfield FC Lions Florida
Hebraica Miami FC Miami, FL
Hialeah City FC Hialeah, FL
Hurricane FC Delray Beach, FL
Miami Dade FC Miami, FL
Miami Suns FC Miami, FL
Miami Wolves FC Miami, FL
Pinecrest SC Pinecrest, FL
West Park FC West Park, FL
Southeast Conference
Mid-Atlantic Division
City
Atlanta ASA FC Suwanee, GA
Bragg FC Fayetteville, NC
Broncos United NC North Carolina
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
Southwest Conference City
Arizona Scorpions Phoenix, AZ
FC Grande Las Cruces, NM
Las Vegas City FC Las Vegas, NV
MSC United Mesa, AZ
Southwest FC Wolves El Paso, TX
Sporting Arizona FC Mesa, AZ
Summerlin Red Rocks FC Summerlin, NV
Western Conference
Pro Premier
City
California United FC II Fullerton, CA
L.A. Galaxy OC PSC Orange County, CA
La Máquina FC Santa Ana, CA
L.A. Wolves FC Torrance, CA
Lionside FC Redondo Beach, CA
Newcastle United FC Upland, CA
Ontario Fury II Ontario, CA
Panamerican FC Glendale, CA
San Diego Premier Pros FC 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
Valley United SC North Hills, CA
Western Conference
Championship
City
Anaheim FC Anaheim, CA
Anaheim Legacy FC Anaheim, CA
Bell Gardens FC Bell Gardens, CA
CF Cachorros USA Santa Ana, CA
Disciples FC Fullerton, CA
Fontana International SC Fontana, CA
High Desert FC Hesperia, CA
Inland Empire FC Inland Empire, CA
Kern County Mustangs FC Bakersfield, CA
L.A. Galaxy OC PSC II Orange County, CA
La Habra City FC La Habra, CA
L.A. Roma FC Beverly Hills, CA
MX Dream Soccer Club Anaheim, CA
Newhall Premier FC Santa Clarita, CA
Newport FC Newport Beach, CA
Revolution FC California
San Nicolas FC Pomona, CA
SoCal Troop FC Cypress, CA
Tiburones Rojos USA Paramount, CA
Toros Neza USA Corona, CA
USA/MEX SoCal Inland Empire, CA
USA Soccer Stars FC Los Angeles, CA
Wild West Conference City
AFC San Francisco Hearts San Francisco, CA
California Victory FC Petaluma, CA
Chico City Rangers FC Chico, CA
Dynamos FC San Ramon, CA
East Bay FC Tecos Fire Hayward, CA
JASA RWC Redwood City, CA
Napa Sporting SC Napa, CA
Real San Jose San Jose, CA
Redding Royals FC Redding, CA
San Leandro United FC San Leandro, CA
Southern Oregon Starphire FC Medford, OR
Visalia Golden Bears Visalia, CA
Western Nevada FC Dayton, NV

Expansion Teams[edit]

Team City First Season Ref
Centralia City FC Centralia, WA Fall 2018 [12]
City Legends FC Perris, CA Fall 2018 [13]
Del Sol FC Wake Forest, NC Fall 2018 [14]
FC Denton Denton, TX Fall 2018 [15]
Sosa FC Wendell, NC Fall 2018 [16]

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 Nicolas FC LA Wolves FC 2–0
2015–16 Strikers FC South Coast San Pedro Monsters 3–1[17]
2016 Winter Moreno Valley FC
2016–17 FC Anahuac Inter Arizona FC 0–0 (5–4 Pen)
2017 Summer L.A. Wolves FC Cal Victory FC 2–1
2017–18 OC Invicta FC Santa Ana Winds FC 3–2

References[edit]

  1. ^ "United Premier Soccer League Anounces Midwest Expansion with 11 Premier League of America Teams". UPSLSoccer.com. United Premier Soccer League. 
  2. ^ "United Premier Soccer League Anounces Partnership with Maryland Major Soccer League". UPSLSoccer.com. United Premier Soccer League. 
  3. ^ "United States Adult Soccer Association National Affiliates". USASA.com. USASA. 
  4. ^ "About the National Independent Soccer Association". NISAOfficial.com. National Independent Soccer Association. 
  5. ^ "Interview with Yan Skwara, UPSL Commissioner". Goal Nation. March 3, 2015. 
  6. ^ "An American amateur fifth-tier league is about to introduce a pro/rel system". Top Drawer Soccer. November 1, 2016. 
  7. ^ "United Premier Soccer League Brings Promotion And Relegation To The USA". Midfield Press. November 3, 2016. 
  8. ^ "UPSL Expands To Colorado". Goal Nation. November 17, 2016. 
  9. ^ "UPSL expands to Colorado, vows to bring pro/rel to American soccer". Burgandy Wave. November 19, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Three SoCal Teams Involved In U.S. Open Cup Second Round Action Wednesday". Soccer Nation. May 18, 2016. 
  11. ^ "HIGHLIGHTS: LA Galaxy vs. La Maquina". LA Galaxy. June 15, 2016. 
  12. ^ "UPSL Announces Centralia City FC as New Pacific Northwest Conference Expansion Team". United Premier Soccer League. March 15, 2018. Retrieved March 16, 2018. 
  13. ^ "United Premier Soccer League Announces City Legends FC as Western Conference Expansion Team". United Premier Soccer League. April 11, 2018. Retrieved April 11, 2018. 
  14. ^ "United Premier Soccer League Announces Wake Forest (N.C.)-based Del Sol FC New Expansion Team". April 7, 2018. Retrieved April 9, 2018. 
  15. ^ "United Premier Soccer League Announces FC Denton as New Texas Conference Expansion Team". United Premier Soccer League. February 10, 2018. Retrieved March 21, 2018. 
  16. ^ "United Premier Soccer League Announces SOSA FC as Southeast Conference Expansion Team". United Premier Soccer League. March 2, 2018. Retrieved March 2, 2018. 
  17. ^ "Strikers FC Score 3-1 Victory Over San Pedro Monsters to Capture 2016 UPSL Championship". PR Log. June 28, 2016. 

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