United Premier Soccer League Announces Partnership with Maryland Major Soccer League
UPSL and MMSL Join Forces to Expand Mid Atlantic Amateur Soccer
January 31, 2018 – Los Angeles – The United Premier Soccer League (UPSL) announced it has formed a partnership with the Maryland Major Soccer League (Maryland Majors or MMSL), which has been showcasing the top amateur teams in Maryland since 1965.
Based in Baltimore, Maryland, and in existence since 1965, the Maryland Major Soccer League is the home league to numerous State, Regional, and National Champions including three USASA National Champions since 2005. Maryland Major clubs have also experienced success in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup including reigning 3x Maryland Majors’ champion Christos F.C.’s dramatic run to the 4th round of the 2017 Open Cup where they lost a hard-fought match to D.C. United (MLS). Other successful Open Cup performances by Maryland Major clubs include the Maryland Bays in 2015 and the Baltimore Colts FC in 2005.
The UPSL is currently the largest and fastest growing Pro Development league in the United States with over 140 team members Nationally.
The UPSL and Maryland Majors Soccer League will collaborate on a number of league related issues including player and team integration between the two leagues, Promotion- Relegation, Sponsorship, Marketing, Communications, Player showcase events and more.
United Premier Soccer League Commissioner Yan Skwara said, “We’re very excited to Partner with the Maryland Major Soccer League. Both the UPSL and MMSL realize and identify the need to work together as there is an ever-evolving movement in the soccer circles across America. This is a truly historic type of partnership in that we as a National league are connecting with an elite State league, so we eliminate the politics in between and truly work on what is best for the game and combine our efforts. MMSL Commissioner Bill George and I have had great initial conversations and we look forward to leading the charge in continuing to drive the game in the U.S.”
Maryland Majors Commissioner Bill George said, “on behalf of the players, clubs, supporters, and 50+ years of alumni of the Maryland Majors, we are thrilled to partner with the UPSL. Too often leagues and associations, look to “protect their turf” rather than collaborate in order to grow the game. The game is not about leagues, it is about players, clubs, and their supporters. With this historic partnership the UPSL and MMSL aim to provide a pathway for our players and clubs to grow by taking the necessary steps to connect the US soccer pyramid. I look forward to working with UPSL Commissioner Yan Skwara and the rest of the UPSL staff.”
About Maryland Major Soccer League
The Maryland Major Soccer League is a United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA) Elite Amateur League and is the home league to numerous State, Regional, and National Champions. USASA National Champions include Christos FC (2016), Maryland Bays (2014), and the Baltimore Colts FC (2005). Other national championship contending clubs over the last 50 years included ASA Charm City FC, Allied SC, La Dolce Vita, Hummer SC, Jerry D’s, and Casa Bianco SC.
Since 1965, the Maryland Majors has been offering the highest level of outdoor soccer in Maryland and providing opportunities for players to play at the next level. For its 50+ year history, the Maryland Majors has been proudly affiliated with the Maryland State Soccer Association, USASA, and the US Soccer Federation.
Bill George, Commissioner
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.marylandmajorsoccer.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/MarylandMajorSoccer Twitter: @MarylandMajors
United Premier Soccer League
The UPSL was formed in 2011 and currently includes more than 140 teams Nationally. The UPSL is the fastest growing Pro Development League in the USA, with 200-plus teams targeted for 2019 Spring Season. Each UPSL team is individually owned and operated, and is responsible for maintaining either UPSL Pro Premier Division or Championship Division minimum standards.
UPSL teams are all eligible to participate in the U.S. Open Cup Qualifying Rounds through the leagues affiliation with the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) and the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA).
More information about UPSL can be found at http://www.upslsoccer.com or by following the league on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/upslsoccer) and Twitter (@upslsoccer).