1996 USISL Premier League season
The 1996 USISL Premier League season was its second. The season began in April 1996 and ended in August 1996.
Changes from 1995 season
- Ann Arbor Elites became the Michigan Madness.
- Arizona Cotton became the Arizona Phoenix.
- Montclair Standard Falcons moved to Fontana, CA and became the Fontana Falcons.
- Oklahoma City Slickers changed their name to the Oklahoma City Heat.
- San Francisco All-Blacks United changed their name to the San Francisco Bay Seals.
- Wichita Blue Angels changed their name to the Wichita Blue.
12 teams were added for the season.
|Northwest Washington area||Bellingham, WA||expansion|
|Central West Coast area||San Luis Obispo, CA||expansion|
|Greater Miami area||Fort Lauderdale, FL||from USISL Pro|
|Lexington area||Lexington, KY||from USISL Pro|
|Greater Miami area||Miami, FL||expansion|
|Flint/Tri-Cities area||Saginaw, MI||expansion|
|Omaha-Council Bluffs area||Omaha, NE||expansion|
|San Diego area||San Diego, CA||from USISL Pro|
|Inland Empire area||San Bernardino, CA||expansion|
|Spokane area||Spokane, WA||expansion|
|Emerald Coast area||Pensacola, FL||expansion|
|Corvallis area||Corvallis, OR||former Portland Firebirds of the USISL Pro League|
|Team qualified for playoff berth|
|Team gets bye into semifinals as defending champion.|
|1||Lexington Bluegrass Bandits*||14||10||4||1||32||18||+14||28|
|6||Grand Rapids Explosion**||7||0||7||0||6||21||+15||0|
* Detroit, Kalamazoo, Lexington, and Michigan were all penalized 3 points.
** Grand Rapids did not have a home stadium this year, and played only road games.
|1||Austin Lone Stars||14||10||4||0||41||17||+24||30|
|3||Sioux City Breeze*||13||9||4||2||26||23||+3||23|
|4||Des Moines Menace||14||7||7||0||22||21||+1||21|
|5||Oklahoma City Heat||14||7||7||0||22||26||-4||21|
* Sioux City was penalized 6 points.
The game between Sioux City and Wichita was postponed and could not be rescheduled before end of the season. The game was cancelled because it had no effect on the playoffs.
|1||Roanoke River Dawgs||14||10||4||0||48||28||+20||30|
* Nashville was penalized 6 points. Jackson was penalized 3 points.
|4||West Florida Fury||14||5||9||0||29||36||-7||15|
|6||South Florida Future||14||0||14||0||17||63||-46||0|
* Cocoa, Florida, and Orlando were all penalized 3 points.
|2||San Francisco Bay Seals||14||10||4||0||35||15||+20||30|
|3||Colorado Springs Stampede*||14||9||5||1||20||12||+8||25|
|4||Puget Sound Hammers||14||8||6||0||31||23||+8||24|
|5||Willamette Valley Firebirds||14||5||9||0||21||31||-10||15|
* Colorado Springs and Spokane were both penalized 3 points.
|1||Central Coast Roadrunners*||14||12||2||1||38||16||+22||34|
|2||San Diego Top Guns*||14||9||5||1||28||22||+6||25|
|6||Southern California Gunners||14||3||11||0||19||28||-9||9|
* Central Coast and San Diego were both penalized 3 points
Central Coast received a bye to the PDL Semifinals as the defending champion.
The top four teams from every division except the Southwest earn playoff spots. With Central Coast already receiving a bye, the top two teams from the Southwest Division will play each other, however if Central Coast is in the top two, then the third place team receives a playoff spot. The Division winners would then face each other in the Conference finals.
|Division Semifinals||Division Finals||Central Finals|
|North Central Division|
|Division Semifinals||Division Finals||Eastern Finals|
|Division Semifinals||Division Finals||Western Finals|
PDL Finals brackets
|SE1||0 (1)||PDL Third Place|
Premier Six Tournament
Six teams entered the Premier Six Tournament in Cocoa, Florida the weekend of August 16–18. Each of the five division playoff champions qualified for the tournament, along with the host Cocoa Expos. The teams were seeded in this order, based on their regular season points:
- 1. Central Coast Roadrunners
- 2. San Francisco Bay Seals
- 3. Cocoa Expos
- 4. Omaha Flames
- 5. Jackson Chargers
- 6. Mid-Michigan Bucks.
The Central Coast Roadrunners played the bottom two seeds (Jackson and Mid-Michigan). The San Francisco Seals played the #4 and #6 seeds (Omaha and Mid-Michigan). The Cocoa Expos played and #4 and #5 seeds (Omaha and Jackson).
Qualification to the finals
In order to determine the two teams to qualify for the finals, the league used the following point system during the Premier Six Tournament:
- Win = 3 points
- Shootout win = 2 points
- Shootout loss = 1 point
- Bonus points: Each team scoring three or more goals in regulation or overtime received one extra point.
|1||Central Coast Roadrunners||2||0||0||0||1||7|
|2||San Francisco Bay Seals||1||0||1||0||1||5|
|San Francisco Bay Seals (CA)||2-2 OT||Omaha Flames (NE)|
|Central Coast Roadrunners (CA)||3-0||Mid-Michigan Bucks (MI)|
|Central Coast Roadrunners (CA)||2-1 OT||Jackson Chargers (MS)|
|San Francisco Bay Seals (CA)||4-0||Mid-Michigan Bucks (MI)|
|Central Coast Roadrunners (CA)||1-0||San Francisco Bay Seals (CA)|
- MVP: Bryan Taylor
- MVP: Pasi Kinturi
- Points leader: Pasi Kinturi
- Goals leader: Pasi Kinturi
- Assists leader: Steve Freeman
- Rookie of the Year: Bryan Taylor
- Goalkeeper of the Year: Michael LaBerge
- Defender of the Year: Dwyane Demmin
- Coach of the Year: Nuno Piteira
- Organization of the Year: Central Coast Roadrunners
- All League