Club moves from NPSL to NISA
Miami, Fla. (August 5, 2019) —
The Miami Football Club announced recently that the club will participate in the National Independent Soccer Association (NISA) when the fully-sanctioned professional league launches this coming September.
The club competed in the NPSL this season, winning the NPSL South Region, its seventh club trophy in three years, Miami FC went on to the NPSL National Playoffs, and successfully defended its National Championship from a year ago.
Miami FC CEO Sean Flynn said: “Today’s announcement marks the return to full-time, sanctioned professional soccer for The Miami FC. We are proud that in just three short years, we have become one of the most successful professional soccer teams in the US Soccer landscape. We are prouder too that in that time we have established deep roots in Miami by investing in soccer in this city, through the team, a multi-million dollar investment in Riccardo Silva Stadium and, more recently, by investing in a Youth Soccer Academy. We are committed to soccer in this city and our participation in NISA is an exciting new chapter for us.”
The Miami FC were founded in 2015 and originally began play in the North American Soccer League in 2016, capturing both the NASL Spring and Fall Season Championships the very next season. After the NASL suspended operations Miami FC moved to the NPSL in 2018, winning the Sunshine Conference, South Region and National Championships in year one. The club is went on to repeat as National Championships this year, finishing with a 15-1-0 overall mark.
NISA recently announced that it will field professional clubs in Atlanta (GA), Baton Rouge (LA), Charlotte (NC), Orange County (CA), Los Angeles (CA), Connecticut, Philadelphia (PA), Providence (RI), San Diego (CA) and Miami (FL). The league is expected to announce a fall 2019 schedule in the coming weeks, with a season which mirrors the international soccer calendar and runs through the spring each year.
Some observers are concerned over the Miami FC joining its third league in such a short time span, Flynn addressed those concerns: “Our fans, supporters and corporate partners are fully aware of the challenges we’ve faced since the NASL was de-sanctioned, and I want to personally thank everyone for sticking with us. The constant throughout all of this change has been our commitment to winning championships and being an exemplary community partner, no matter which league we are in.”