- The Detroit City Football Club men’s side, in collaboration with the National Independent Soccer Association, announces the inaugural NISA Independent Cup. The first of its kind, the Independent Cup, is a regionalized competition featuring independent professional and amateur clubs.
The Independent Cup was created to provide a platform for professional and amateur independent clubs to play together on a national stage.
"This is massive. We've been looking forward to being able to play and to be in front of our supporters, be it in person or through the broadcast." said General Manager and Head Coach Trevor James. "It is great to see the league recognizing independent clubs and including those teams. We have a history with both clubs in our region, prior to me being here, and it will be great to see them."
The inaugural Independent Cup will feature four regions and total 15 clubs, resulting in four regional champions.
Le Rouge will host the Great Lakes Region, featuring a pair of National Premier Soccer League foes in FC Buffalo and Cleveland SC.
Joining City from NISA is the New York Cosmos, New Amsterdam FC and Chattanooga FC.
Detroit City opens play on Friday, July 31, against Cleveland SC and concludes Cup play on Sunday, August 2, against FC Buffalo.
All Detroit City FC matches will be livestreamed and air on TV20 Detroit. Cleveland SC and FC Buffalo will play their match at a neutral field in Erie, Pennsylvania.
The potential for fans to attend matches during the Independent Cup and throughout the fall season will be based on permission from state and local health authorities and the club’s confidence level of being able to ensure the safety and well being of fans, players, and staff. If you have any questions or need assistance, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Independent Cup will serve as a precursor to the NISA fall regular season, which is set to start August 8 and run through October. Full details on the fall schedule to come at a later date.
All clubs participating will be adhering to NISA's Return to Play Protocol created and established with top medical professionals and in accordance with the CDC guidelines to ensure the health and safety of all clubs' players, staffs and personnel. Regional competition will also adhere to state and local governance in place at the time of regional competition.
"The Independent Cup champions the spirit of the game, allowing talent to take the field and the beautiful game to shine on the pitch,” said NISA Commissioner John Prutch. “It's the first of its kind where only independent clubs compete and one that our Fall to Spring schedule allows. We look forward to this being an annual event allowing both amateur and professional clubs to compete for the Cup in the true meaning of independent soccer.
Full details on the NISA Independent Cup schedule can be found at https://www.nisasoccer.com/indcup
Great Lakes Region:
Detroit City FC
New York Cosmos
New Amsterdam FC
Maryland Bobcats FC
FC Baltimore Christos
Central Plains Region:
Lone Star Republic
Louisiana Krewe FC
Savannah Clovers FC
Soda City FC
Georgia Revolution FC