National Independent Soccer Association Plans to Launch in 2018 or 2019; Receives Applications from Eight Markets; Has 15 LOIs and in Discussions with 45 Total Markets

 Chicago (Wednesday, August 30, 2017) – The National Independent Soccer Association (NISA), a new independent third division professional soccer league, announced eight markets today that have submitted applications to be part of the league’s inaugural season in 2018 (or 2019) subject to US Soccer sanctioning, which is part of the process to launch a professional soccer league. The markets with applications are:








St. Louis

“We are pleased with the applicants as well as the people and the vision behind each application,” NISA Co-Founder Peter Wilt said. “The critical step to fully vet each market now moves into an important phase, so we can be assured of the applicants’ and the League’s success. Each successful applicant will need to show us and US Soccer that it has a proper venue, financial model, business plan, administration and ownership to assure sustainability,” Wilt said.

NISA had previously announced June 7th that it had received letters of intent to join from ten markets. That list grew to 15 before today’s announcement, while discussions continue with a total of 45 different markets.  The applications have simultaneously been submitted to the United States Soccer Federation which will vet the submissions along with NISA to assess readiness to start next spring.

Seven of the markets that submitted LOIs have held their applications back for 2019 while preparing to meet the minimum standards of NISA and US Soccer for a Division III team.  NISA is also in discussion with dozens of other markets that hope to join in 2019. NISA plans to cap its membership at 24 teams by 2021 at which point the only avenue to entry will be via purchasing an existing team or through NISA’s planned promotion and relegation structure with other independent professional soccer leagues.

Pursuit of a promotion and relegation structure is one of NISA’s five pillars of its foundation:

  1. An affordable professional Division III national soccer league with regional based competition
  2. An independent league with team owners controlling their franchises
  3. A plan to limit the League to 24 teams and incorporate promotion and relegation once fully populated
  4. A strong league office that serves its teams with quality staff supplemented by expert consultants
  5. Commercial and competitive connections to higher and lower divisions to maximize relevance

“These pillars are critical to differentiate NISA and provide the framework for a sustainable league that will ensure success for itself as well as for other independent leagues that share our vision for an open structure that will provide all soccer clubs with a pathway to fulfill their ambitions,” Wilt said.

The next step for NISA is presentation of the teams and leagues to the US Soccer Board of Directors Friday, September 1st in Jersey City, New Jersey. “We have been working closely with Dan Flynn, Jeff L’Hote and US Soccer as we’ve built the foundation of NISA,” said NISA Co-Founder Jack Cummins. “The communication with US Soccer has been excellent. We share the same desire to build the sport with stable teams, a well run league and a sustainable business model,” Cummins said.

The National Independent Soccer Association is a United States based third division professional soccer league preparing to launch in the spring of 2018. The League is committed to bringing high level, competitive professional soccer with meaningful games throughout the country. For more information about NISA visit or contact Peter Wilt at or by phone at 317-292-7993 or 312-464-9842. Follow NISA on Twitter @NISAleague.

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