United Premier Soccer League Increases Championship Prize to $10,000 for 2019
UPSL Restructures National Playoff Format, Creates Championship Travel Budget
The UPSL Championship prize, currently $5,000 for each season champion, will be doubled starting 2019 as the league continues to meet the demands of its growing membership of nationwide clubs.
The UPSL also will regionalize its playoff format beginning next year, and provide a $5,000 budget for the traveling finalist.
United Premier Soccer League Commissioner Yan Skwara said, "We are pleased to increase the Championship stakes as we'll be awarding more than $20,000 in prize money every year moving forward as well as also adding a yearly $10,000 travel budget for our traveling finalist for each season. The USPL is one of the few national leagues in the United States that offers this kind of prize money as we feel it's very important that we keep pushing the bar to keep moving our numbers up as we grow. Increasing our cash prize coupled with a travel purse gives clubs an opportunity to come out comfortably ahead. The UPSL is here to support our teams and we want to thank the many sponsors that make it possible to grow our league as we continue to look forward to providing the best league value long term for our members."
A reformatting of the UPSL's playoff structure also has been announced for the 2019 Spring Season. A new four-conference layout will shift the league from its current eight-team finals format to a singular UPSL National Final with the finalists playing for the Championship at the host site of the team with the better season record.
"This will allow our league to really focus on building our crowds at our National Final while at the same time creating and promoting a truly special event for sponsors and supporters,"
United Premier Soccer League National Director Paul Lapointe said, "As we prepare for the 2019 Season, this is the perfect time to go in with some positive adjustments, and as the UPSL continues to grow we will always evaluate the best opportunities for all our club members."
United Premier Soccer League
The UPSL was formed in 2011 and currently includes more than 200 teams in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. UPSL is the fastest growing Pro Development League in the USA, with 300-plus teams targeted for 2018 Fall Season. Each UPSL team is individually owned and operated, and is responsible for maintaining either UPSL Pro Premier Division or Championship Division minimum standards.
UPSL teams are all eligible to participate in the U.S. Open Cup Qualifying Rounds through the leagues affiliation with the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) and the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA).
More information about UPSL can be found at www.upslsoccer.com or by following the league on Facebook (www.facebook.com/