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NPSL announces five expansion teams across United States for 2016

NPSL expansion

Building on the success of August’s National Premier Soccer League Championship Final, the NPSL has announced five expansion teams ahead of the 2016 season.

The fourth-tier of American soccer will welcome Grand Rapids FC, North County Battalion from Carlsbad, California, Birmingham Hammers, Little Rock Rangers and Shreveport Rafters FC.

With the addition of the five teams, the NPSL’s 2016 season with showcase 70 teams across the USA; although more teams could be announced in the coming months.

The league will once again feature a regional conference structure with conference winners gaining promotion to the playoffs. Last season, teams were split into 11 conferences throughout the country.

Shreveport is the most recent team to be announced for next season and will compete in the South Region’s South Central Conference.

“The Rafters expect to create a family-friendly soccer experience for all types of fans with a competitive team, engrained in furthering the game of soccer in our cities,” club co-owner Will Broyles explained.

“We have a wealth of knowledge in sporting event promotions and a love of the game. Our game day experience for fans will be unparalleled in the league.”

Little Rock Rangers will join Shreveport in the South Region, playing their games at War Memorial Stadium. The club hopes to grow the game in the state and build on the success of the league in the southern part of the USA.

“We hope to grow the awareness of this league and team, not only in Little Rock, but in the state of Arkansas as well,” Little Rock President Jonathan Wardlaw stated. “We hope the people of Arkansas embrace us and show us the same passion and support as they do anything else that comes from the city of Little Rock.”

Last season’s Championship Final saw 18,227 people witness New York Cosmos B’s 2-1 win over Chattanooga FC.

Follow Drew Farmer on Twitter @DrewMFarmer. Drew Farmer is a Manchester, England-based journalist/blogger that writes for World Soccer Talk. Drew also writes his on blog at Soccer Travels. Drew has contributed to Radio Yorkshire MLS Monday, Forza Italian Football, MLSGB and Soccerly. Originally from southwest Missouri, Drew covers Italy’s Serie A, English Premier League, German Bundesliga and the USA’s Major League Soccer.

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  1. Denuse Vail

    October 18, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    So what happen to all the NASL & NPSL merger promotion relegation that was suppose yo happen. You need about $200,000 of operating capitol, a press box and a high school locker room to enter NPSL.

    • Andre

      October 19, 2015 at 7:31 am

      As opposed to 70-100mil USD that goes to other billionaire owners, a stadium plan that will likely require tax payer dollars,and artificial marketing to spur fandom… I’ll side with the grassroots approach 110% over ” MLS robot ” approach…

      • Tim

        October 19, 2015 at 8:15 am

        How about the just support your local team approach? I know thats probably hard to understand for some of you zealots.

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