“We are a small club with big ambition; teams and communities around the DMV area started to recognize us especially the volunteering work that we do in our communities and we are looking forward to continuing to expand our work on and off the field.”
Baltimore, Maryland – February 23, 2021 - The Eastern Premier Soccer League (EPSL) is excited to add the DMV Rangers FC to its list of teams that have joined to participate in its inaugural season starting in 2021. The DMV Rangers FC is a community-based club trying to showcase its existing talent within the community it serves. The Head Director of the club Shaka Bangura expressed his strong desire to join the EPSL by saying: “We are a small club with big ambition; teams and communities around the DMV area started to recognize us especially the volunteering work that we do in our communities and we are looking forward to continuing to expand our work on and off the field.”
The team composed of players from many diverse backgrounds including the U.S., Sierra Leone, Ghana, Nigeria etc. were the 2020 winners of the 2nd Annual Maryland Bobcats FC community Cup Championship. The DMV Rangers FC participated in the Maryland Major Soccer League where they posted a 9-1 season this past fall. Shaka Bangura further stressed that the goal of his club is to compete and participate at a Higher level possible and showcase the talent of the many players who otherwise may not get an opportunity. He added by saying “We are Looking for a league that is able to showcase our players' talent and put them in a better situation for national exposure. We believe EPSL is the right platform that will give us that opportunity.”
In a written press dialogue the DMV Rangers FC head claimed that the attractive part of being in the EPSL league is the structure which is what the team needed for its continued growth and joining the EPSL is something the club wants to be part of wholeheartedly. When asked if s the pyramid system was conducive for the growth of soccer in the USA? Mr. Bangura answered by saying “yes, there are a lot of small teams out there that started like us from local leagues, the Pyramid set up will give teams the opportunities to climb up the ladder.” The EPSL is elated to partner with the DMV Rangers FC and the Commissioner of the Mid-Atlantic conference Andy Salandy expressed his feelings with a statement:
“I want to welcome DMV Rangers to the EPSL Mid-Atlantic Conference. The Owner Shaka Bangura is extremely excited to be part of a next level platform to help his young talented players further develop and get prepared for life as professional soccer players. DMV Rangers has been a top performing team in the very competitive Maryland Majors and I look forward to having them take a step up and bring a quality organization to the table. I wish Shaka and his team nothing but the best as they prepare to compete in our very competitive EPSL Mid-Atlantic Conference.
About the Eastern Premier Soccer League
Formed in 2020, the EPSL is a 501(c) non-profit Unlike other national and regional leagues, the clubs and feeder leagues will participate in governance including the establishing of fees, prize money, and schedule in order to keep costs down and minimize travel. The EPSL is looking to establish agreements with other local leagues as either a promotion/relegation feeder league or through a cooperative league agreement to preserve and maintain the relevancy of elite local leagues by marketing as members of the EPSL. Through either pro/rel or this association of leagues, local leagues can collectively market themselves as entry points to higher level playing opportunities and leagues of choice for competitive amateur soccer.
In 2020 EPSL has reached historical feeder league agreements with four elite amateur soccer leagues in the Cosmopolitan Soccer League (CSL) in the New York metropolitan area, New Jersey’s Garden State Soccer League (GSSL), the New England Champions League (NECL), and the Baltimore, MD/Washington, DC based Maryland Major Soccer League (MMSL) to establish the first regional based multi-league promotion and relegation system in the United States. The CSL, GSSL, NECL, and MMSL have produced US Open Cup and National Amateur champions and have some of the top amateur teams in the United States so reaching agreements with these elite leagues is an exciting milestone in the history of US Soccer.
The EPSL is also an affiliate of the National Independent Soccer Association (NISA) and EPSL clubs will earn the right to compete in the NISA Independent Cup against NISA professional clubs. EPSL clubs are also affiliated with the US Soccer Federation (USSF) and the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA), through their state associations and, as such, will be eligible to participate in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup qualifying rounds, the US National Amateur Cup and state and regional cup competitions. More information about EPSL can be found at www.epslsoccer.com or on the league’s social media platforms @epslsoccer EPSL clubs will be affiliated with the US Soccer Federation (USSF) and the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA), through their state associations and, as such, will be eligible to participate in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup qualifying rounds, the US National Amateur Cup and state and regional cup competitions.
More information about EPSL can be found at epslsoccer.com or on the league’s social media platforms.
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