League will provide players with year-round semi-professional playing opportunity
By Kim DeRaedt
Houston, TX, (September 27, 2010)–The Southern Premier Soccer League (SPSL), an elite level, professionally-operated regional league composed of teams from Texas and Oklahoma, today announced its formal establishment and unveiled details of its inaugural winter season. The league, recognized by United States Club Soccer (USCS) and affiliated with the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), will begin play on October 2.
The SPSL 2010 winter season consists of six teams playing a 20-game regular season schedule between October and March. Three National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) teams–Regals FC, Galveston Pirate SC and Corpus Christi Fuel–will be joined by the Texas Lonestrikers, Tulsa Lobos FC and Houston-based Club America to form the First Division.
The league was established to expand the opportunity for players to compete and showcase their talent at the highest level of amateur soccer in the United States. The NPSL currently runs from April until July; therefore, the SPSL fills the marketplace by providing players and teams with the chance to compete together and gain national exposure on a year-round basis. The league hopes to further promote the development of the game at the elite and grassroots level by spreading soccer to communities throughout the Southern United States.
“We are excited to be a part of the growth of the game, and look forward to the high level of play,” Pirate SC owner and league vice-president Brendan Keyes said today.
The SPSL permits high school and collegiate players to maintain amateur eligibility status while competing alongside high level prospects and former professionals. Each team is individually owned and operated and is responsible for raising its own operating funds. Low entry costs and annual dues, combined with regional travel, make the SPSL an attractive option for eligible expansion teams. New teams within the region are encouraged to apply for future seasons and can be admitted to the SPSL by a majority vote.