What is the structure of the National Soccer League?
The Senior level is split into three Divisions: Major, First and Second.
What types of competitions does the National Soccer League organize?
There are two competitions: outdoor and indoor. Teams play 16 matches in both the outdoor and indoor seasons. The outdoor season usually runs from late April to mid-October. The indoor season typically runs from late November to mid-March.
How can my club become a member of the League?
Clubs who desire membership in the NSL must fill out an application for membership. The NSL’s member clubs consider new applicants at the League’s General Meeting after which the application was received and then vote on whether to accept the prospective club as a new member.
How much does it cost to compete in the League?
The costs vary, depending on the competition. For the outdoor season, clubs will pay an affiliation fee to the League when they register to participate in the competition ($600 for the current season). There are other costs, which are not directly related to the League. When a team plays at home, it is responsible for paying referee fees ($70, 1st, 2nd Division; $170, Major Division). Clubs must register their players with the NSL ($25 per player, medical insurance included).
For the indoor season, there is an affiliation fee ($800). The NSL currently stages its indoor competition at the Odeum in Villa Park. Everyone who enters the Odeum pays a $7 entrance fee.
The NSL holds an annual awards banquet. All clubs are required to buy a minimum number of tickets (eight for their primary team and four tickets for every secondary team).
There are other costs connected with running a soccer club, but those costs vary from club to club. It is beyond the scope of this FAQ document to list them all.
Where are the matches played?
Outdoor matches are played all over the Chicago area. All indoor matches are played at The Odeum in Villa Park.
Where will my team play its home matches if I don’t have my own home field?
The NSL encourages clubs to find their own fields. For clubs who are not able to secure their own field, the NSL can provide assistance.
Do all of my players need to be registered?
Yes. All players must be registered with the USASA and have a player pass that proves that they are registered. Teams who use unregistered players will forfeit any matches in which such players have participated and will face disciplinary action from the League.
What if I don’t have a club? Can the League find a place for me to play?
The NSL has no mechanism for placing individual players with teams. The clubs themselves fill their rosters. Players are encouraged to contact individual clubs via our Club page in each division. Players can also come to the fields where the games are played and make contact with a club there.
More information about the NSL can be found on our FAQ page.