The NPSL announced today that there will be 14 new teams joining the nationwide league, including a club from Knoxville, TN. The league also announced that it has gone from a non-profit to a for profit entity. Update: In addition, it has been learned that NPSL teams will now have the option to become professional or to stay amateur.
Knoxville Force is expected to join the Southeast Region. The team will play its home matches in the University of Tennessee's Regal Stadium that holds 3,000 spectators. It is expected that they will take the place of Tulsa FC in the Southeast Region. Tulsa is likely to play its 2011 in a new region to include teams from Oklahoma, Texas, and perhaps other states.
HASL Spring 2011 Set to Begin February 23rd
The Huntsville Adult Soccer League held its Captains Meeting Sunday. There will remain 30 teams in 5 divisions for the Spring 2011 season that is set to start on February 23rd. This season for the first time ever, there will also be a Women's Division for adult women ages 18 and up. If you or a woman soccer player you know is interested in joining the six-aside league, contact Suzy Permar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Give Back to the Game: Become a Ref
There is a shortage of referees in Northern Alabama. For years, HASL has not been able to add interested teams beyond its current number of 30 due to the lack of referees to officiate matches. In an attempt to combat this problem, the North Alabama Soccer Officials Association is sponsoring a USSF Referee Clinic for entry-level referees (USSF Grade 8 and 9). This is also the perfect time for all of you players who complain about the quality of referees in the area to put up or shut up. In fact, all HASL players who sign up for the clinic will be reimbursed 50% of the certification costs once they referee 3 HASL matches! The clinic costs $40 and will be held on January 28, 29 and 30th at the First Christian Church at 3209 Whitesburg Drive in Huntsville. For more info, go to the NASOA website.
Update: I've had several requests for info on other clinics being offered in Alabama from folks who can't make the NASOA clinic. My expert in all things refereeing, Darrell Schmidt says,
"Alabama referee clinics are posted at:
Click on the link “Referee Clinic Schedule” under Related Links on the left side of the page. Looks like there is referee clinic in February in B’ham."
Now, you have no excuses!