2019–20 NISA season

The 2019–20 NISA season is the inaugural season of the National Independent Soccer Association's third-division soccer competition.[1] The regular season is split into two halves, fall and spring, with playoffs at the end. The fall season, named "NISA Showcase", features seven teams, with the East and West champions earning berths into the 2020 playoffs.[2] More teams are expected to join in time for the 2020 Spring season, with Chattanooga FC, Detroit City FC, Michigan Stars FC, and teams in Connecticut and Providence, already announced on the league website.[3]

National Independent Soccer Association
DatesFall: Aug 31 – Nov 10, 2019
Spring: TBD 2020
Matches played20
Goals scored78 (3.9 per match)
2020–21 →
All statistics correct as of November 2, 2019.
Statistics exclude forfeited matches.


Locations of announced clubs
  • Full season club
  • Spring expansion club
  • Fall-only club

Stadiums and locations

Team Location Stadium Capacity
East Coast
Atlanta SC Alpharetta, Georgia St. Francis High School
Lupo Field at Life University

Chattanooga FC[upper-alpha 1] Chattanooga, Tennessee Finley Stadium 20,668
Detroit City FC[upper-alpha 1] Hamtramck, Michigan Keyworth Stadium 7,933
Miami FC[upper-alpha 2] Miami, Florida Buccaneer Field
Riccardo Silva Stadium
Michigan Stars FC[upper-alpha 1] Pontiac, Michigan Ultimate Soccer Arena 5,000
Philadelphia Fury[upper-alpha 3] Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Franklin Field 52,958
Stumptown Athletic Matthews, North Carolina CSA OrthoCarolina Sportsplex
Sportsplex at Matthews
West Coast
California United Strikers FC Irvine, California Championship Stadium 5,000
Los Angeles Force Whittier, California Rio Hondo College 1,000
Oakland Roots SC Oakland, California Laney College 2,700
San Diego 1904 FC San Diego, California SDCCU Stadium 70,561

Personnel and sponsorship

Note: The league has signed a deal with Hummel to be the official kit manufacturer, but it still allows clubs to find their own provider.[7]
Team Head coach Captain(s) Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Atlanta SC Roberto Neves Filho Sheriff Suma Hummel
California United Strikers FC Don Ebert Xavier Fuerte Nike Taco Bell
Chattanooga FC Peter Fuller Hummel Volkswagen
Detroit City FC Trevor James Adidas Stroh's Detroit Lager
Los Angeles Force Thales Peterson Adidas
Miami FC Paul Dalglish Dylan Mares Macron
Michigan Stars FC TBD Adidas HTC
Oakland Roots SC Jordan Ferrell[lower-alpha 1] Benji Joya Nike Oaklandish
Philadelphia Fury Cris Vaccaro Ian McGrath Hummel
San Diego 1904 FC Alexandre Gontran Ozzie Ramos Nike
Stumptown Athletic Mark Steffens Hummel 24 Foundation
  1. Ferrell was named head coach on December 3, replacing Paul Bravo.

Fall season

Miami FC and California United Strikers FC played seven matches while the rest of the league played only six. To accommodate for this, the Miami FC home match against Oakland Roots SC did not count in the standings for Miami and the second California United Strikers FC home match against San Diego 1904 FC did not count in the standings for Cal United.


East Coast standings

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Miami FC (O) 6 4 2 0 19 6 +13 14 East Coast Championship
2 Stumptown Athletic 6 4 0 2 13 7 +6 12
3 Atlanta SC 6 2 2 2 13 10 +3 8
4 Philadelphia Fury 6 0 0 6 1 23 22 0 Withdrew[lower-alpha 1]
Source: NISAofficial.com
(O) Play-off winner.
  1. Philadelphia Fury withdrew after one match and forfeited their remaining matches

West Coast standings

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Los Angeles Force 6 3 2 1 8 7 +1 11 West Coast Championship
2 California United Strikers FC (O) 6 2 3 1 13 9 +4 9
3 San Diego 1904 FC 6 2 0 4 9 15 6 6
4 Oakland Roots SC 6 0 3 3 10 13 3 3
Source: NISAofficial.com
(O) Play-off winner.


The top two eastern teams will meet in the East Coast Championship while the top two western teams will meet in the West Coast Championship. Each champion will earn an automatic berth into the Spring 2020 playoffs.

Miami FC3–0Stumptown Athletic


Atlanta SC 2–2 3–0[upper-alpha 3] 1–3
Miami FC 2–2 8–1 2–1 3–2
Philadelphia Fury 0–3[upper-alpha 3] 0–3[upper-alpha 3] 0–3[upper-alpha 3]
Stumptown Athletic 3–2 0–2 3–0[upper-alpha 3]
California United Strikers FC 3–0 1–1 3–0 4–1
Los Angeles Force 2–2 1–0 2–0
Oakland Roots SC 3–3 1–1
San Diego 1904 FC 3–1 1–2 4–3
Updated to match(es) played on November 2, 2019. Source: NISAOfficial.com
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Spring season

Details for the 2020 Spring season have not been released, but it is expected it will feature nine teams (six teams from the Fall season, plus three new entries), and the schedule will be expanded. The format of the competition and the playoff qualification methods have not been revealed yet.


  1. Did not play in the Fall season, but were approved in time to join the 2020 Spring season.[4]
  2. Played in the Fall season, but withdrew before the Spring season, after joining the USL Championship.[5]
  3. Philadelphia Fury withdrew from the NISA Showcase after the season started. They forfeited all remaining games which were recorded as a 3–0 losses.[6]

See also


  1. Litterer, Dave (October 23, 2003). "The Year in American Soccer – 1986". The American Soccer Archives. Archived from the original on July 8, 2015. Retrieved April 9, 2011.
  2. "NISA announces Fall '19 schedule". nisaofficial.com. July 25, 2019. Retrieved July 25, 2019.
  3. "Bringing pro soccer to every city in the US". nisaofficial.com. July 25, 2019. Retrieved July 25, 2019.
  4. "Chattanooga FC, Detroit City FC, Michigan Stars FC approved to play in Spring 2020 competition". NisaOfficial.com. NISA. Retrieved 11 December 2019.
  5. "Ottawa Fury FC Announce Relocation, Sale of Franchise Rights to The Miami FC". uslchampionship.com. USL. Retrieved 11 December 2019.
  6. "Fury to refrain from play for balance of NISA Showcase". NisaOfficial.com. NISA. Retrieved 18 September 2019.
  7. "NISA announces kit sponsorship deal". Twitter.com. Retrieved 21 August 2019.
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