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2018 NPSL Expansion Tracker

Keeping track of additions and departures in the fourth division of US soccer

The offseason is typically a crazy time for lower-division soccer in the United States. Teams rise, teams fall, and teams switch leagues as each ownership group searches for the best option for their club. Some of the most-successful and best-run teams from the lower division become prime candidates for expansion club in higher leagues.

In 2018, there are two leagues who are aggressively looking to expand in the United States: NASL and the newly-formed NISA. NASL need to add teams quickly as they look to maintain their second division status with US Soccer. NISA, or National Independent Soccer Association, are a new league and are looking to bridge the gap between professional and amateur soccer in America. Both leagues will be looking to NPSL for expansion candidates.

Like last year, Dirty South Soccer will attempt to keep a running record of the turnover in NPSL. Below you’ll find three sections: Confirmed Expansions, Confirmed Departures, and Uncertain. Next to each club is a link to the announcement confirming their status for 2018.

Bookmark this page and buckle your seatbelt: it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

Net Expansion: 8


Confirmed Expansions

  1. FC Davis (CA) - 11/13/17
  2. Academica SC (Turlock, CA) - 11/14/17
  3. El Farolito (San Francisco, CA) - 11/20/17
  4. Greenville FC (SC) - 11/27/17
  5. Laredo Heat SC (TX) - 11/28/17
  6. Katy 1895 FC (TX) - 11/29/17
  7. FC Baltimore (MD) - 12/5/17
  8. FC Monmouth (Monmouth County, NJ) - 12/17/17
  9. Atlantic City FC (NJ) - 12/21/17
  10. Northern Virginia United FC (Leesburg, VA) - 1/2/18
  11. Saint Louis Club Athletico (MO) - 1/3/18
  12. Charlottesville Alliance FC (VA) - 1/4/18
  13. FC Columbus (OH) - 1/12/18
  14. Miami FC 2 (FL) - 1/31/18
  15. FC Brownsville (TX) - 2/2/18
  16. FC Golden State (Los Angeles, CA) - 2/10/18
  17. Cleveland SC (OH) - 2/19/18

Confirmed Departures

  1. SoCal SC [CO] - 7/9/17
  2. Birmingham Hammers FC {PDL} - 8/8/17
  3. Lansing United {PDL} - 10/12/17
  4. Dayton Dynamo [H] - 11/15/17
  5. AFC Cleveland [T] - 12/12/17
  6. SC Corinthians USA [T] - 12/12/17
  7. Michigan Stars FC [H] - 1/2/18
  8. Seacoast United Phantoms [H] - 1/9/18
  9. Pierce County FC - 2/8/18

Uncertain Additions

Uncertain Departures

  • Dallas City FC (Missing)
  • FC Carolina United (Missing)
  • Memphis City FC {PDL?} - 1/31/18
  • Kraze United (Missing)
  • Miami Fusion FC (Missing)
  • City of Angels FC (Missing)

Key

  • {PDL} Destination league
  • {...?} Uncertain destination
  • [CO] Ceased operations
  • [H] Hiatus in 2018
  • [T] Terminated by league for financial standing
  • (Missing) Absent from NPSL.com