USSF Announce new system a year before kick off
By:Adam Jackson Jul 1, 2014 7:30 PM EST
Earlier USSF President Sunil Gulati announced the structure to the newly revised United States Soccer Pyramid. In the press conference he went over what the divisions are and what teams could be participating.
Since the all star game of of the 2013 Major League Soccer Season many in the soccer community have been a buzz over the news that things are changing in this country. Fan interest in the sport has grown and many clubs around the nation have been excited to see where they could end up.
One such club to be looking to join the ranks is Bethlehem Steel FC of Bethlehem, PA. Known as the Steelmen BCFC is considered one of the most well known and successful clubs of the early period of US Soccer. During their original run the club won five US Open Cups. This team has been relaunched in anticipation to the new era of soccer. The current owners were able to secure the rights to all club properties from name and history. Along with many other clubs they are anticipating to see where they will start out.
Here is the new structure. All current MLS, USL, NASL, PDL and NPSL Clubs have first choice with here they will be playing and most likely stay grouped together. Clubs from other leagues will still have to gain a license from what ever league they will compete in. There will be 8 leagues ran by the USSF and Levels 9 and lower will be ran by the US Club Soccer organization.
The season will be starting in August and ending in May. Now that might be a big surprise but the USSF felt it would be easier to attract talent in the transfer window as well as easier scheduling around national team dates. Now you must be thinking what about competing with the NFL, NCAA and then the issue of cold weather?? Well the first part is still to be seen. Weather wise there will be a winter break between the first weekend of December until the first weekend of February.
THE UNITED STATES SOCCER SYSTEM
American Premier League
USL League One
USL League Two
USSF National League
USSF National League Conference
National Premier Soccer League
National Premier Soccer League Division One
US Club Soccer Premier
US Club Soccer Lower Divisions
Now as you can see no numbers or teams have been set but it will most likely follow the English FA system. Despite the fact the USSF is in control of the top 8 divisions both the USL and NPSL get to operate their leagues. In a way the USL would be the equivalent of the Football League and so on.
Cup wise so far the USSF is trying to emulate what England has in their system. All we know so far is that first the first time in it's 100 year plus history the US Open Cup will truly be open with at total of 736 clubs in it. The 3 Canadian MLS clubs will be apart of it as well. Puerto Rico Islanders have also accepted an invitation.
You must be asking why is everything mimicking England??? Well during the past year the USSF has been working closely with the FA on the structure.
The USSF will open registration for clubs to join the system starting September First. Around the start of 2015 there will be a lottery type of drawing to see where all clubs will be placed. The only clubs that have reserves spots are from MLS. All Current clubs plus Orlando and NYCFC will be part of the new American Premier League.
The 2015/16 American Premier League Season is set to kick off in August here on NBC.