THE EPSL ANNOUNCES NEW ENGLAND CHAMPIONS LEAGUE TO BECOME EPSL NORTHEAST CONFERENCE AND FEEDER LEAGUE AGREEMENT
The EPSL is proud to welcome the New England Champions League
BALTIMORE, NEW YORK, AND BOSTON (January 15, 2021) - The EPSL(www.epslsoccer.com & @epslsoccer on all social media) is proud to welcome the New England Champions League (www.newenglandchampionsleague.com and@newenglandchampionsleague on all social media), established in 2009, to the EPSL. The NECL's First Divsion will serve as the official EPSL Northeast Conference effectivefor the spring 2021 season. In addition, lower divisions of the NECL will continue tooperate as the New England Champions League which has entered into a feeder leagueagreement with EPSL recognizing a pathway for players and clubs from an elite localNew England soccer league to earn promotion to a premier regional amateur league inthe EPSL.
Starting spring 2021, subject to restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic, the EPSL plansto crown champions in the Northeast, Metropolitan, and Mid-Atlantic Conferences.Each of these conference champions will win cash prizes and qualify to compete forthe overall EPSL Championship where there will be additional cash prize and NISAIndependent Cup entries on the line.
NECL League Manager, Sean Carey, had this to say about the partnership, “I'm excitedto have the opportunity to work with like-minded people and help to provide aplatform for adult players and clubs to compete in a merit-based league."
EPSL President Bill George said, “The EPSL is thrilled to work with NECL PresidentDanielle Athanasiadis and Past President Jim Antonakas, who will now serve as thenew Vice President of the EPSL, and the great clubs from the NECL. The EPSL is excitedother forward thinking soccer leagues and clubs are open to collaboration andpartnership to build a true pathway offering opportunities for clubs and players. Weare thrilled to add a Northeast Conference to the EPSL and our fourth feeder league inthe NECL.”
NECL Past President and newly elected EPSL Vice President Jim Antonakas had this tosay, “I am honored and excited to be able to return to work with multiple grassrootleagues on the East Coast who really represent the heart and soul of USASA and itsState Associations. I believe this is a very large group of likeminded individuals withdreams of how the US Soccer landscape should be. I see great things to come andbelieve the NECL and EPSL are just another example of a great partnership comingtogether to continue to develop promotion and relegation with strong competition as itis meant to be. I want every State Association and local League on the East Coast to takea good look at the EPSL as it can now serve as an elite platform for the USASA and allits great clubs and players.”
The new President of the NECL Danielle Athanasiadis added, “This new Affiliation withthe EPSL, as its fourth feeder league, and first in the northeast, is right in line with ourvision to continue to grow as a unique platform for player and club development in theNortheast. The opportunity to offer good local competition with the added element ofpromotion and relegation for aspiring clubs looking for something more is what madeour decision easy to join forces with the EPSL.”
The EPSL has now entered into four feeder league agreements with the CosmopolitanSoccer League (NYC), Garden State Soccer League (NJ), New England ChampionsLeague (NE), and the Maryland Major Soccer League (Bal/DC).
These agreements coupled with the EPSL affiliation with NISA (one of only twoUSSF sanctioned Div. III Professional Soccer Leagues) is laying the foundation forpromotion and relegation in the United States and a pathway for all clubs, theirplayers, and supporters to grow and to gain exposure and opportunity.
ABOUT THE EASTERN PREMIER SOCCER LEAGUE
Formed in 2020, the EPSL is a 501(c) non-profit corporation. Unlike other closednational and regional leagues, the clubs and feeder leagues will participate ingovernance including the establishing of fees, prize money, and scheduling tomanage costs and ensure travel aligns with the expectations of the clubs.
In 2020 EPSL has reached historical feeder league agreements with four eliteamateur soccer leagues in the Cosmopolitan Soccer League (CSL) in the New Yorkmetropolitan area, New Jersey’s Garden State Soccer League (GSSL), the NewEngland Champions League (NECL), and the Baltimore, MD/Washington, DC basedMaryland 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 NationalAmateur champions and have some of the top amateur teams in the United States.Five member clubs of the EPSL have qualified and competed in the Lamar Hunt USOpen Cup in recent years. The EPSL is also an affiliate of the National IndependentSoccer Association (NISA) and EPSL clubs will earn the right to compete in theNISA Independent Cup against NISA professional clubs.
EPSL clubs are also affiliated with the US Soccer Federation (USSF) and the UnitedStates Adult Soccer Association (USASA), through their state associations and, assuch, will be eligible to participate in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup qualifyingrounds, the US National Amateur Cup and state and regional cup competitions.