Initially, the teams next year will take part in a competition that will run from August to November. In 2020, the Founders Cup will launch a full league schedule that will run from the spring to fall. Each club will be making a full-time commitment to their respective markets and will include professional players, coaches and staff, NPSL officials said.
In addition to the Cosmos, the 10 other founding clubs will be ASC San Diego, Cal FC, California United Strikers FC, Chattanooga FC, Detroit City FC, FC Arizona, Miami FC, Miami United FC, Milwaukee Torrent and Oakland Roots. There are also plans to add additional clubs, league officials said.
“We are very excited to bring a new brand of community-based soccer to the U.S. market,” said Joe Barone, NPSL Chairman. “Beginning with the Founders Cup, fans will be able to enjoy watching authentic clubs compete with professional players and staff. This new venture will build upon the success and experience of NPSL and its nationwide network of local soccer club members.”
John Motta, president of the United States Adult Soccer Association, said the new league is another opportunity to develop players, coaches, administrators and referees at the highest level of adult soccer.
“This is absolutely critical for player development, as it prepares players onto the next level and also for referee development, as this level of adult soccer is the best training ground for referees in this country,” he said.
The format, player roster information, schedule and additional details of the Founders Cup will be announced at a date later this winter. It is not known where the Cosmos will play their home matches.