New pro soccer club coming to Atlanta

Atlanta United has been Major League Soccer’s most successful club the last two seasons averaging close to 50,000 fans a match at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Now a new startup team in a lower division wants a piece of the local action.

NISA (the National Independent Soccer League) announced earlier this week that an Atlanta club will compete in the 2019 inaugural season of its professional soccer league. NISA has applied to be a third division league with the US Soccer Federation.

“Atlanta is not only the best soccer market in America, it’s one of the best in the world” said NISA president Bob Watkins. “It’s an international town that truly loves the game. We believe our Atlanta club will be very successful.”

The new league touts itself as an “open system with no entry fees”, and “a move away from the closed franchise model that is prevalent in American soccer”. NISA plans to kick off its inaugural season in August 2019.