Chattanooga FC, Chattanooga's premier soccer team, kicks off it’s sixth season in the National Premier Soccer League this spring. As the league announces schedules today, the Southeast Conference of the South Region announces a new playoff format for 2014.
Chattanooga FC is part of the one of the strongest regions in the league — NPSL’s South Region — with two National Champions and two National Finalists to its name in the past four years. The South Region is also one of the fastest growing in the nation, up from 8 teams in 2009 to 32 teams in 2014. As a result, the South Region has been divided into four smaller conferences — Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Sunshine and South Central. Chattanooga is in the Southeast Conference.
The Southeast Conference consists of eight teams, Atlanta Silverbacks Reserves, Chattanooga FC, Georgia Revolution, Knoxville Force, Nashville FC, New Orleans Jesters, Pensacola City FC, and Rocket City United. Pensacola City is a new name for last year's Gulf Coast Texans, while Nashville FC is brand new to the league. Chattanooga FC die hards will be excited to see the opportunity for the old rivalry with Atlanta Silverbacks Reserves to be renewed — if only in the postseason — after the team went on hiatus in 2013. Meanwhile, Nashville, a newcomer to the Tennessee soccer scene is sure to start a three way battle for bragging rights to the Volunteer State. All in all, it should be an exciting year for soccer in Chattanooga.
In a new format for 2014, the top four teams of the Southeast Conference will play for a spot in the South Region playoffs. In past years, the leader at the end of the regular season has claimed the title. The host venue for the Southeast Conference Playoffs will be selected through a bid process. The winner will continue on to the South Region playoffs, which will lead to a spot in the National Semifinals.
“This new conference playoff format will make for a thrilling end to the season,” said Sean McDaniel, GM for Chattanooga FC and member of the NPSL’s Executive Committee. “It means the team with the best chemistry — not necessarily the best record — has a great chance to go far into the postseason.”
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ABOUT CHATTANOOGA FOOTBALL CLUB Worldwide, soccer builds community, shapes culture, develops talent and unites diverse peoples. Chattanooga Football Club is helping the same happen right here in Chattanooga, creating true opportunity for all players and great entertainment for all fans. Chattanooga FC is a member team of the National Premier Soccer League, Southeast Region. The NPSL is sanctioned by the USASA as an affiliate of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), and FIFA, the world’s governing body for soccer.
ABOUT THE NPSL The NPSL is a national league that operates in the 4th Division of the U.S. Soccer pyramid. NPSL teams are eligible to participate in the U.S. Open Cup through their affiliation with the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) and the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA). The NPSL is the fastest-growing national soccer league in North America, operating in 80+ markets across the country. Two Major League Soccer (MLS) clubs (D.C. United and the New York Red Bulls) and four North American Soccer League (NASL) clubs (Minnesota United, Carolina Railhawks, Atlanta Silverbacks, Oklahoma City FC) operate teams in the NPSL. Mitre USA recently signed a multi-year agreement to become the league's Official Match Ball Sponsor.