Friday, January 15, 2010

More Pro Soccer Coming Soon

Local League sells Domain Name To New Pro League, Secures Exhibitions

As I speculated in November, the North Alabama Soccer League has sold the domain name to the new North American Soccer League. The Alabama youth league president Kevin Parker has confirmed that the sale has been made and there is a splash screen for the new division 2 professional league at the address.

When asked about the compensation the league received for the domain name Parker said, "There was some monetary compensation, but that was not very important to us. The main goal was to grow the sport of soccer in North Alabama." Parker said that in addition to money, the new Pro League has agreed to hold several exhibition matches featuring several of the Pro league teams and low-cost clinics given by the professional coaches in Northern Alabama in the near future. "We didn't have to give them the domain name [], but this wasn't an opportunity that we wanted to give up. You just don't see this type of high level soccer in this area very often."

As for the teams playing in the exhibitions, those details will be released in the coming months, but Parker said the agreement includes multiple exhibitions spanning at least the next two years.

This is great news for the sport in Northern Alabama. More high quality soccer the better, I say.

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