The National Independent Soccer Association (NISA) continues to grow its amateur league affiliations through a partnership formed with Midwest Premier League (MWPL). The agreement follows NISA’s recent affiliation with the Gulf Coast Premier League.
"We consistently talk about NISA being ‘a home for clubs’ to grow,” says NISA Executive Vice President of Expansion Josh Prutch. "We are coming together with a shared vision of advancement and growth for players and clubs based on performance on the pitch.”
As part of the partnership, NISA will allot MWPL at least two merit-based spots in the annual NISA Independent Cup tournament. MWPL also will be an active participant on the NISA Alliance Board which manages the interconnectedness of the growing number of affiliates.
“This relationship provides our nascent league a great foundation for growing the game at the grassroots level,” says MWPL Commissioner Andy Hayes. “Our commitment to the clubs centers on sustainability through high-level competition, participation in regional and national cup competitions, and sharing of ideas and best practices.”
The Midwest Premier League is a regional league run by its member teams. Divided into east and west divisions, the MWPL currently has nine teams set to play across the upper Midwest. These teams are Union Dubuque F.C., RWB Adria (Chicago), DeKalb (Ill.) County United, Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Inferno, FC Diablos (Bloomington-Normal, Ill.), and Rockford (Ill.) FC will play in the West. The East boasts Livonia City FC (Mich.), LK St. Clair (Mt. Clemens, Mich.), BiH Grand Rapids (Mich.), and Lansing (Mich.) Common FC.
"This is another big step for independent soccer as we create the foundation for a true open system in this country," says NISA Commissioner John Prutch. "We want independent clubs to have a larger, more unified voice in the future of soccer in this country. Along the way, we are bringing increasingly competitive soccer to every market in the U.S."
About the Midwest Premier League
The Midwest Premier League will begin play in spring of 2021. The league focuses on sustainability for its member clubs, including sharing of best practices and ideas for running elite amateur and semi-professional soccer clubs. The league encourages a high level of competition and professional operations among its member clubs. The league is run by a board of directors, who are elected by league members. For more information, visit MidwestPL.com and follow the Midwest Premier League on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
The National Independent Soccer Association was founded in 2017 with a mission to bring professional soccer to every city in the United States. A pro league member of U.S. Soccer, NISA focuses on a model based on meritocracy, independent clubs controlling their own league, clubs owning their intellectual property, all without the barrier of territorial rights. Playing under the U.S. Soccer Federation, the NISA Fall 2020 season and Championship Tournament runs August 8th - October 2nd. NISA also runs the mid-summer Independent Cup, open to independent professional and amateur clubs alike. For more information about NISA visit NISAOfficial.com or contact at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow NISA on Twitter @NISALeague and on Instagram @nisasoccer.