Virginia United FC is a classic example of a team that has proven to be a success through a merit system. In 2019 playing in an amateur adult Soccer League, Virginia United FC earned recognition when the club qualified for the 2019 U.S. Open Cup.
EPSL adds a top caliber club Virginia United FC from Northern Virginia to the League.
Baltimore, Maryland – March 3rd, 2021 – As the spring 2021 season is under way, the EPSL is proud to announce that Virginia United FC based in the Woodbridge area of Northern Virginia to the list of teams that will be competing in the inaugural season of the league. Virginia United FC is a classic example of a team that has proven to be a success through a merit system. In 2019 playing in an amateur adult Soccer League, Virginia United FC earned recognition when the club qualified for the 2019 U.S. Open Cup. In a telephone press conference team founder & President Jimmy Ramos stressed that in order for his club to grow, however it has to compete at higher levels on a regular basis. Ramos said that his club is “looking for new challenges and the layout of the EPSL fits what we are looking for with the idea for a promotion & relegation system based on talent.”
He added that it was a great opportunity for his club to be a part of what will be a great future, not only for the league but also a good route for clubs and for many young players to be able compete in a high level of soccer. He mentioned that as a team who competed against elite teams during his club’s run for the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup “we are excited the opportunity of window that the EPSL will open for our club”.
Virginia United FC was created in 2016 when a group of friends and team mates and competitors during their youth and high school days came together to continue their playing days while they were still at the age where they could excel. Mainly from the Woodbridge, VA area some of the players went on to play at NCAA division 1 schools like George Mason University. In some cases players competed for national teams in El Salvador, Central America as well as professional stints in some Asian countries. The club was to challenge more established teams during the 2019 U.S. Open Cup qualification stages. They earned their first ever berth into the U.S. Open Cup. The national cup competition gave them more confidence as they are excited to now join the EPSL this spring. Jimmy Ramos has been working hard to see his club grow into what it is today as he expressed his desire to join the EPSL. One of the main attractions for us is “the NISA affiliation which is a great platform for our players”. He went on to say that “we have started a great tradition in building a culture for the club as many excellent younger players have started to join us.
Commissioner of the EPSL Mid-Atlantic Conference Andy Salandy shared his feelings about Virginia United FC joining the Mid-Atlantic conference: “Owner Jimmy Ramos has a very high-level team that is one of the top teams in the DMV area. He is an Owner that has the best interest of all his players at heart and he is extremely passionate about putting his players on a next level platform to get them the exposure they so well deserve. Joining our conference with an elite lineup brings further excitement to our EPSL Mid-Atlantic Conference. I wish Jimmy and his team all the best in our upcoming Spring 2021 season”.
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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