Connect with us

Football Culture

Professional soccer leagues in USA

Published

on

The United States unlike other countries in the world has its first top-three divisions fully professional.

 

The only thing which separates the Leagues from each other in the U.S Soccer Federation license distinguishing every league.

 

The article highlights the various Professional Soccer Leagues in the United States of America.

 

1. Major League Soccer (MLS)

 

The Major League Soccer abbreviated for short as MLS is the highest men, professional Soccer league, in the United States with teams competing from nneighbouring Canada.

 

Founded in 1993 with over 27 teams, the league has continued to dominate the market share in North, Central and Latin America only to fall behind the likes of Mexican Liga MX, Argentina Primera Division and the Brazilian Serie A.

 

The first inaugural season was held in 1996 despite its establishment in 1993.

Level: 1

Teams: USA (majority) and Canada (Minority)

Structure: Franchise

Format: Double round robin and conference playoffs (Eastern Conference and Western Conference

 

The league has 24 teams from The USA and 4 teams from Canada and it is expected to expand to 30 teams from 2023.

 

 

The league awards titles although the winner of the league is always credited to the winner of the MLS Cup winner.

 

The main attraction in the league is the MLS Cup playoffs which comes up at the end of the regular season.

 

The team with the most point at the end of the league is crowned the Supporters Shield.

 

Difference between The MLS Cup and the Supporters Shield

 

MLS Cup: At the end of the regular season, the team that eventually wins the playoffs are crowned Champions.

 

Teams are selected as per standings on the league table from the Eastern and Western Conference.

 

Supporters Shield The team that finishes top with most points at the end of the normal regular-season games.

 

As per an article by Bleacher Report, the Supporters Shield winner should be regarded as the true league winner.

 

The league was created to aid the bidding process for the 1994 FIFA World Cup.

 

2. USL Championship – United Soccer League Championship

 

The USL Championship league is the second tier Soccer competition in the united states after the major league Soccer with 31 teams with its inaugural season in 2011 despite its establishment in 2010.

 

Level: 2

Teams: 31

Format: Franchise

 

The Major League Soccer and the USL Championship league body had a major deal which is expected to integrate Reserve Teams of MLS clubs in the USL Championship to enable the development of players at a professional level.

 

 

This move was aimed at quality player development for the United States men’s soccer teams from the youth level to the senior national team.

 

With the high influx of foreigners into the MLS, the USL Championship appeared to be the homegrown league for US Soccer players.

 

The league is also divided into two conferences following the regular season and end of season USL Championship cup playoffs to determine the league winner for the season.

 

Teams (2021):

Eastern Conference

Atlanta United FC, Chicago Fire FC, FC Cincinnati, Columbus Crew SC, D.C. United, Inter Miami CF, CF Montréal, Nashville SC, New England Revolution, New York City FC, New York Red Bulls, Orlando City SC, Philadelphia Union, Toronto FC.

 

Western Conference

Austin FC, Colorado Rapids, FC Dallas, Houston Dynamo FC, Sporting Kansas City, LA Galaxy, Los Angeles FC, Minnesota United FC, Portland Timbers, Real Salt Lake, San Jose Earthquakes, Seattle Sounders FC, Vancouver Whitecaps FC

 

 

3. USL League One and National Independent Soccer Association (NISA)

 

USL League One

 

The USL Championship League One is a professional league played by teams from the United States and Canada and is regarded as the third tier Soccer competition in the country.

 

Founded in 2017, the league is aimed at expanding professional Soccer across minor US Cities with no professional Soccer team and with a population of about one million.

 

Level: 3

Teams: The united States and Canada

 

Just like the MLS and the USL Championship, the league runs a franchise system with no relegation or promotion.

 

Each team in every division is fully professional.

 

 

Teams (2021): Chattanooga Red Wolves SC, Fort Lauderdale CF, Forward Madison FC, Greenville Triumph SC, New England Revolution II, North Carolina FC, North Texas SC, Union Omaha, Richmond Kickers, South Georgia Tormenta FC, Toronto FC II, FC Tucson.

 

 

National Independent Soccer Association (NISA)

 

The National Independent Soccer Association is ma en’s professional Soccer competition in the united states founded in 2017 and is a third-tier league in the country alongside the USL League One.

 

 

As the name implies, it is an independent competition targeted at 10 to 12 teams.

 

Team (2021): California United Strikers FC, Chattanooga FC, Detroit City FC, Los Angeles Force, Maryland Bobcats FC, Michigan Stars FC, New Amsterdam FC, San Diego 1904 FC, Stumptown AC.

 

I'm a sports enthusiast, love writing about football. I have been writing about top teams in Europe, the Premier League and La Liga.

Discover the best betting sites and bonuses at bookiesbonuses.com

LATEST ARTICLES

matchday matchday
Football TV Guide4 days ago

Blackburn U21 vs Arsenal U21 TV Channel and Live streaming

The race for the remaining playoffs tickets in the Premier League 2 continues on Monday evening as Blackburn Rovers U21...

matchday matchday
Football TV Guide4 days ago

Man United Women vs Tottenham Hotspur Women: find out where to watch on TV 

The Women’s Super League action continues on Sunday afternoon as United ladies tackle Spurs. This a meeting of two sides...

matchday matchday
Football TV Guide7 days ago

Where to watch Chelsea FC U21 vs Fulham FC U21: TV Channel & Live stream 

In the crucial semi-final clash, Chelsea and Fulham will square off in the quest to win the English Premier League...

matchday matchday
Football TV Guide7 days ago

Is Oxford United FC vs Stevenage FC on TV? Find out where to watch online 

At the tale end of the EFL League One season, promotion hopefuls Oxford United will tackle Stevenage on Friday night....

Logoi real madrid Logoi real madrid
Football News1 week ago

Dani Carvajal receives a yellow card and misses the next match if Real Madrid reaches the UCL semi-final 

Some key players in Real Madrid’s first team risk missing out on the semi-finals if the team advances after receiving...

Raphael Varane Raphael Varane
Transfers1 week ago

Who will Man United sign to replace Raphael Varane as club identify Jean-Clair Todibo

It is already clear that Raphael Varane will leave Manchester United. But what seems to be unclear is the player...

matchday matchday
Football TV Guide1 week ago

Is Atalanta vs Liverpool FC on TV? Here’s how you can watch the match in the UK 

It was a big surprise result for Liverpool fans after the first-leg defeat to the Italian side. Jürgen Klopp’s boys...

matchday matchday
Football TV Guide1 week ago

West Ham United vs Bayer Leverkusen: Here is how you can watch on TV and live stream 

The Hammers will host the German Bundesliga champions Bayer Leverkusen in the second leg of the quarter-finals. A tie that...

Logoi real madrid Logoi real madrid
Football News1 week ago

What is the history between Manchester City and Real Madrid?

The first leg ended with a thrilling 3-3 draw at the Santiago Bernabeu last week, and the second leg is...

Julian Nagelsmann Julian Nagelsmann
Transfers1 week ago

Bayern Munich new coach: will Julian Nagelsmann to the club 

Not all is going down well at the Allianz Arena even as Bayern Munich lost the German bundesliga title to...

Premier League Premier League
Transfers2 weeks ago

Juventus and Napoli joins race for Lewis Ferguson who is worth €24.00m

Juventus and former Serie A Champions Napoli are already setting their sights on Lewis Ferguson according to Fichajes. The 24...

Euro 2024 Euro 2024
Interesting Stadiums2 weeks ago

Enhancing Your Euro 2024 Betting Experience: Tips for Indian Football Fans

Football enthusiasts from all over the globe are eagerly counting down the days till the long-awaited Euro 2024.   This...

Mauricio Pochettino Mauricio Pochettino
Transfers2 weeks ago

Chelsea keeping track of Copa del Rey winner Unai Simón

Chelsea, under the guidance of Mauricio Pochettino, is actively working towards strengthening their squad.   Now Fichajes are reporting that...

matchday matchday
Football TV Guide2 weeks ago

How to watch FC Porto vs Vitoria Guimaraes on TV and live stream

Sunday evening’s Liga Portugal fixture involving Guimaraes and FC Porto would be the last game of the match week, even...

matchday matchday
Football TV Guide3 weeks ago

Is Rotherham United vs Plymouth Argyle FC on TV?

After securing a big win over Millwall FC, Rotherham United will be on the run again this weekend as Plymouth...

Kobbie Mainoo Kobbie Mainoo
Transfers3 weeks ago

Man United desperate to hand Kobbie Mainoo a contract extension

Manchester United are already in contact with the representative of Kobbie Mainoo to hand a new contract or a long-term...

Andrea Cambiaso Andrea Cambiaso
Transfers3 weeks ago

The Diego Simeone’s wish for Atletico Madrid to sign Andrea Cambiaso

In Madrid, there is a strong interest in Andrea Cambiaso amid his impressive form at Juventus. Head coach of the...

el conmovedor recibimiento a boc el conmovedor recibimiento a boc
Football List3 weeks ago

Original 10 MLS teams: See their logos and first game in 1996

The MLS was established in 1994 to improve soccer in America.   Some original teams at the beginning of the...

Zinedine Zidane by Tasnim 02 Zinedine Zidane by Tasnim 02
Football List3 weeks ago

Best available football managers 2024 – coaches out of work

Dissatisfaction by club owners and fans often results in some of the best football managers staying out of work for...

Football List3 weeks ago

31-year-old Premier League players 2024 – who are they?

There are several 31-year-old players in the Premier League this season playing for their respective clubs. One of the most...

Trending