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New US pro soccer league receives official sanctioning

The National Independent Soccer Association, a new US-based third division pro soccer league received provisional sanctioning from the US Soccer Federation (USSF) this weekend at the governing bodies Annual General Meeting which was held in Arizona. The NISA becomes the fourth sanctioned professional league along with the first division MLS, second division USL Championship and third division USL League One.

The new league will begin play in August and compete with 8-to-10 teams on a calendar that is similar to most top European leagues. The other three sanctioned US pro leagues play on a spring to fall calendar. The NISA will compete with USL League One in the third division space under the USSF’s Professional League Standards.

Elsewhere at the AGM, US Soccer elected a new vice-president, Cindy Parlow Cone. The former US midfielder was capped 158 times for her country and was a Fifa Women’s World Cup winner in 1999. Parlow Cone was elected without opposition. 

“I am grateful to be able to continue to serve our great game as US Soccer vice-president,” said Parlow Cone. “I believe with my extensive knowledge of, and experience working in, the soccer landscape of our country, from grassroots to the international level, I will help US Soccer continue to build, develop, and grow soccer in the United States at every level,” Parlow Cone said.