Meet The American Premier League

APLA new league is in town (maybe yours). American Premier League (APL) is poised to take on the established Minnesota Amateur Soccer League (MASL) and Minnesota Recreation Soccer League (MRSL). The inaugural APL season is scheduled to begin in June of 2015.

The club behind the creation of the new APL is FC Minneapolis, established in 2013.

FC Minneapolis finished last in the MRSL Division 1 Sunday league this past summer at 0-0-14. Their fall campaign in the Minneapolis Park & Rec Board (MPRB) Fall League went much better for the club finishing second at 3-2-1, albeit against slightly lower level competition (FC Dunham, Internazionale Corsica, LynLake United, Savigent, Summit FC and Triremes).

Sanctioned by the U.S. Adult Soccer Association (USASA), the APL is affiliated with US Soccer, USASA Region II and Minnesota Soccer Association. Once established, the league hopes to become one of the premier fifth-tier leagues in the Upper Midwest of the United States.

Now four other clubs have formed to help create the APL. All five charter member clubs are based in the Twin Cities metro area, but the league has had inquiries from around the state for 2016. The league is set to play an eight-match regular season to begin on June 6 when FC Minneapolis will host Brooklyn Park SC at Park Center High School.

APL Clubs

  • Blaine City FC – National Sports Center
  • Brooklyn Park SC – Prairie Seeds Academy Field
  • Hopkins United – St. Louis Park HS Stadium
  • FC Minneapolis – Park Center HS Stadium
  • St. Louis Park FC – St. Louis Park HS Stadium

Ludwig Media Partners With APL

Originally posted on Ludwig Media:

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Ludwig Media is pleased to announce their partnership with the American Premier League (APL). Established in 2014, the APL is set to begin their inaugural season in April of 2015.

The new semi-professional league, which is sanctioned by the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA), will open play with an indoor preseason in early April. The outdoor season is scheduled to begin on June 6.

“I am thrilled to be associated with the APL,” commented Scott Ludwig, president of Ludwig Media. “My goal is to present and promote the league, its clubs and players, in a professional manner.  We want to help the league grow to be the preferred place to play in the Upper Midwest.”

The five founding clubs are:

Interested players may register to play in the APL by filling out a ‘

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Lake Superior College Add NJCAA Soccer Programs

Lake Superior College is set to debut their varsity soccer programs this Fall. Longtime Grand Rapids High School coach Jeff Lightfoot was named head coach of both the men’s and women’s programs in early December.

Soccer will be the first sanctioned varsity sport at LSC, while others are being considered. The school is the sixth member of Region 13 of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). LSC will compete in NJCAA Division III (non-scholarship).

Coach Lightfoot is looking forward to the opportunity, commenting:

“LSC offers great education and competition. Follow us at @LSCsoccerDuluth.”

More information on the Lake Superior College soccer program will be released soon. Stay tuned to KSN!

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Minnesota Clubs Represent At US Youth Futsal Nationals

Originally posted on Indoor Soccer News:

FutsalNationalsThe 2015 U.S. Youth Futsal Nationals are coming to a conclusion Monday with champions crowned in 18 different age-divisions.

Five teams from Minnesota traveled to Overland Park, Kansas to compete in the national tournament. All five teams came away with at least a point.

Team by team recap

Joy Of The People Bahia U10 boys (2-1-1) – missed spot in championship by goal differential

St. Paul Blackhawks U11 boys (1-1-1) – defeated SBV Newcastle (KS) in their final game of the tournament

Joy Of The People Santos U14 boys (1-2-0) – opened with dominant 10-4 win over City Futsal Sounders (TX);  against VFC Fluminese (MA) to earn semifinal berth

Joy Of The People Botafogo U15 boys (1-3-0) – after dropping their opening two matches, JOTP Botafogo defeated local side Sporting Blue Valley 7-5.

Joy Of The People Flamengo U12 girls (0-2-1) – earned a point with a 1-1 draw against…

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Del Rey City SC Signs Winston Marshall

Del Rey City S.C. is proud to announce the signing of Winston Marshall to their United Premier Soccer League (UPSL) squad.
“Winston is a true asset and his addition to the team is going to have a big impact,” DRCSC Owner Brian Perez stated. “He is a talented athlete with incredible skill and one of the nicest guy you could ever meet. It is truly honor to have him playing for the club – it’s humbling.”
DRCSC club coach, Jorge Rodriguez, said “We are extremely excited with Winston’s signing. His experience, technical ability, and leadership will go a long way by not only helping our team on the pitch, but also by showing our youngsters how to be pros off of it.”
The Toronto, Canada native has years of impressive experience at the highest level of the game, playing for the Canadian National Team and FC Dallas of Major League Soccer (MLS).
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Winston Marshall with FC Dallas

“I expect us compete to the best of our abilities,” Marshall commented.  “I’m not going to promise or guarantee a championship because no matter how talented the players are on a team, unless each and every individual is willing to put the work in, on and off the pitch, it won’t matter.  If we play for each other, work our behinds off to win our individual battles, and compete day in and day out, anything is possible and the sky is the limit.  Hard work beats talent, when talent fails to work hard.”

He was a standout at Wright State University, earning All-League, All-Ohio and All-Midwest honors each of his four years there.  Marshall saw extensive time in the Canadian National Team program, beginning at the youth level.   He starred in the youth World Cup in the United Arab Emirates in 2003 before spending time with the U-23 Olympic team and earning numerous call-ups to the senior national team.
“I’ve been fortunate enough to play in various settings,” Marshall added. “From hostile environments during Olympic qualifying with 25,000 spectators, all rooting against us, to the Youth World Cup quarterfinals against Andres Iniestaand a talented Spanish side.  Those situations very quickly tell you something about your physical and mental toughness. They demand a level of focus, composure, and self-belief that can be taken and used on any pitch and any facet of life.”
Drafted in the 3rd round (27th overall) in the 2005 MLS SuperDraft, Marshall would begin his MLS career with FC Dallas. He would begin a career in acting after finishing his time in MLS.
Now a resident of LA, Marshall has appeared in a number of television shows including Covert Affairs, Nikita, and Days of our Lives.  His soccer skills have even been called upon for several commercials promoting ASICS and Comcast.
“I couldn’t be more excited,” Marshall concluded. “It’s been awhile since I’ve played at this level.  My competitive juices are flowing and I couldn’t be more anxious and determined to help my new team in every way possible.  Mr. Perez has put together a class organization that plays the brand of soccer I enjoy, and I’m looking forward to the experience with them.”
ABOUT DRCSC
Del Rey City S.C.™ is a professional soccer club in Marina del Rey, California. Established in 2009, DRCSC was a 2014 National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) team, competes regionally as a 2015 United Premier Soccer League (UPSL) team, and has several 11-a-side and 7-a-side adult teams competing in leagues on Los Angeles’ Westside and South Bay. Del Rey City S.C.™ is owned and operated by Awesome Soccer.

Ivory Coast and Ghana set to battle for AFCON title

Originally posted on ProSoccerTalk:

The final is set for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, and it’s a dream matchup for football fans.

Ivory Coast and Ghana will face-off on Sunday, February 8th to determine which team is the best in all of Africa.

When thinking of your powerhouses in African football, Ivory Coast and Ghana are near the top of that list. Both countries have produced players that are stars for their clubs in Europe and both have featured in the previous three World Cups.

[ RELATED: Crowd violence delays match for 30 minutes, Ghana defeats Equatorial Guinea ]

Ghana has won four Africa Cup of Nations titles, but the last of those championships came in 1982. Ivory Coast has won the tournament once before in 1992, when they defeated Ghana in the finals.

Ivory Coast reaches the finals after cruising to a 3-1 win over surprise semifinalist DR Congo, while Ghana handed host…

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Cape Coral Hurricanes Leave NPSL For CSL USA

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The Cape Coral Hurricanes have announced that they will join the new Champions Soccer League USA for the 2015 season. CSL USA is a new Florida-based league sanctioned by USASA.CSL

Established in 2010, the Hurricanes played the past two seasons in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL). They will join fellow ex-NPSL side Tampa Marauders in the new league, set to kick in April. CSL USA plan to hold a Spring (May-July) season before a traditional schedule August-April. The league also has plans for expansion and eventually a promotion/relegation system.

2015 CSL USA teams confirmed

  • Cape Coral Hurricanes
  • Clearwater Chargers
  • Florida SC Spirit
  • Greater Tampa Bay FC
  • St. Pete Raiders
  • Tampa Marauders FC

Winter Futsal Tournament Schedule

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2015 Tournaments

February 7-8: Prior Lake F3 Tournament

February 21-22: Edina Futsal Tournament

March 7-8: Blackhawks SC Futsal Tournament

March 7-8: Joy Of The People Futsal ’15

March 28-29: MTA Futsal Tournament

April 11-12: Challenge Cup Futsal Tournament


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