Castle Island FC will begin play in the EPSL’s Northeast Conference this Spring
March 18, 2021– Boston, MA – The Eastern Premier Soccer League (EPSL) is excited to announce Castle Island FC (“CIFC”) as a founding member of the newly created Northeast Conference of the EPSL representing New England and Western New York.
Headquartered in Boston, MA, CIFC will begin EPSL play in the Northeast Conference this spring. Castle Island FC is a unique project rooted in two local clubs, Boston Siege FC, and Boston Panthers FC, both of whom share a great deal of common history, personnel, and success most notably in the Bay State Soccer League and previously in the NECL, UPSL, CSL and MSSL. Siege had a big 2019, winning promotion in its second attempt in BSSL in an exciting run ending in a 1-0 playoff victory over Kendall Wanderers B and additionally had an under-23 squad who were victorious in the New England Champions League summer season. The club also placed 1st in the second division of BSSL in an abbreviated 2020 campaign. Boston Panthers burst onto the BSSL scene in 2019, narrowly missing the promotion places but fielding a team of exciting, committed players and supporters. In 2020, Panthers’ efforts paid off as they stormed to the top of their division in BSSL and ended the season with a trophy in the playoff in November. The same tradition of hard work, sustainability and success is something that Castle Island FC plans to continue as members of the EPSL.
EPSL President Bill George had this to say, “we are thrilled to add CIFC to the EPSL’s Northeast Conference as they bring immediate quality in both organization and having competed successfully in some of New England’s premier leagues in the BBSL and NECL. Luke and Steven are experienced soccer administrators with strong playing and coaching experience. Their values of providing opportunity and exposure to players aligns with the goals and mission of the EPSL. The EPSL welcomes Castle Island FC and wish them luck.”
Prior to this joint effort as CIFC, Siege and Panthers have had a strong history of identifying and developing young players and using several foreign connections in countries such as England, Uganda, Spain, Sweden, Egypt, and Germany to send players on trial, several of whom are still playing their trade in lower division professional teams presently. This emphasis is something that CIFC aims to continue with resources now being pooled to get any player to don the green and white meaningful opportunities beyond their time as local players.
CIFC is managed by Luke DeDeus or Boston Siege and will be coached by Steven Njuba of Boston Panthers. A native of Uganda, Njuba had a successful college career in the states with Blackburn College of Illinois, where he returned as a coach after graduating before relocating to the Boston area to play an instrumental part in Boston Panthers’ rise to prominence. DeDeus had this to say about the project, “CIFC is the joining of two clubs who have been friends and friendly rivals down the years. We have had some memorable battles in BSSL, but there’s always been a great deal of respect and admiration between the two organizations. I’ve got all the confidence in the world that Steve is the man to make CIFC a competitive club and that our shared mission of preparing players for experience further afield will continue.”
About Castle Island FC
Castle Island Football Club is an American Soccer club currently based in Boston, MA, and a new member of the Eastern Premier Soccer League. Castle Island FC will begin play in the EPSL’s Northeast Conference.
Founded in 2021, Castle Island FC can participate in the qualifying rounds for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup through their affiliation and membership with the EPSL, the Massachusetts State Soccer Association, the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) and the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA).
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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 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.