2019–20 NISA season
The 2019–20 NISA season is the inaugural season of the National Independent Soccer Association's third-division soccer competition. 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. 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.
|Dates||Fall: Aug 31 – Nov 10, 2019|
Spring: TBD 2020
|Goals scored||78 (3.9 per match)|
2020–21 →All statistics correct as of November 2, 2019.Statistics exclude forfeited matches.
Stadiums and locations
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.
|Team||Head coach||Captain(s)||Kit manufacturer||Shirt sponsor|
|California United Strikers FC||Taco Bell|
|Detroit City FC||Stroh's Detroit Lager|
|Los Angeles Force||—|
|Michigan Stars FC||TBD||HTC|
|Oakland Roots SC||Oaklandish|
|San Diego 1904 FC||—|
|Stumptown Athletic||24 Foundation|
- Ferrell was named head coach on December 3, replacing Paul Bravo.
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
|1||Miami FC (O)||6||4||2||0||19||6||+13||14||East Coast Championship|
(O) Play-off winner.
- Philadelphia Fury withdrew after one match and forfeited their remaining matches
West Coast standings
|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|
(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.
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.
- Did not play in the Fall season, but were approved in time to join the 2020 Spring season.
- Played in the Fall season, but withdrew before the Spring season, after joining the USL Championship.
- Philadelphia Fury withdrew from the NISA Showcase after the season started. They forfeited all remaining games which were recorded as a 3–0 losses.
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