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Major League Soccer (MLS)

420 Fifth Avenue
7th Floor
New York, N.Y. 10018
Phone: 212-450-1200
Fax: 212-450-1300
Commissioner: Don Garber

Launched on April 6, 1996, Major League Soccer is the U.S. Soccer-sanctioned Division I outdoor professional soccer league in the United States. D.C. United, winners of three of the first four MLS Cup titles (1996, 1997 & 1999) lead all teams with four titles adding a victory in the 2004 final. The Los Angeles Galaxy won its third title in 2011 (2002 & 2005) after beating the Houston Dynamo in the final. The other MLS Cup champions include the Chicago Fire (1998), San Jose Earthquakes (2001 & 2003), Houston Dynamo (2006 & 2007), the Columbus Crew (2008), Real Salt Lake (2009) and Colorado Rapids (2010).

Over the past six years, MLS has continued to expand with Chivas USA and Real Salt Lake joining in 2005, Toronto FC in 2007, and the San Jose Earthquakes re-joining the league in 2008. In 2009, Seattle Sounders FC joined the league with the Philadelphia Union becoming the 16th MLS team in 2010. Expansion continued in the Pacific Northwest as the Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps joined the league for the 2011 season. In 2012, the Montreal Impact became MLS's 19th team.

The league is divided into two conferences (Eastern and Western). Eastern Conference – Chicago Fire, Columbus Crew, D.C. United, Houston Dynamo, Kansas City Wizards, New England Revolution, New York Red Bulls, Philadelphia Union, Toronto FC; Western Conference – Chivas USA, Colorado Rapids, F.C. Dallas, Los Angeles Galaxy, Portland Timbers, Real Salt Lake, San Jose Earthquakes, Seattle Sounders FC and Vancouver Whitecaps.

MLS has a unique ownership and operating structure, based on a "single-entity" concept. Unlike other professional sports leagues, which are a confederation of independent franchise owners, MLS' "single-entity" structure allows investors to own an interest in the league, as well as individual teams. MLS believes that the structure will better position the league for long-term success.

National Women's Soccer League (NWSL)

1801 S. Prairie Ave
Chicago, IL 60616
Phone: (312) 808-1300
Fax: (312) 808-1301
Executive Director: Cheryl Bailey

The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) is a nine-team Division-I women's professional soccer league featuring national team players from Canada, Mexico and the U.S. The nine clubs are the Boston Breakers, Chicago Red Stars, Houston Dash, FC Kansas City, Portland Thorns FC, Seattle Reign FC, Sky Blue FC, the Washington Spirit and the Western New York Flash.

Based in Chicago, the NWSL is supported by the Canadian Soccer Association, Federation of Mexican Football and the United States Soccer Federation. For more information about the NWSL, log on to the league's official website at

North American Soccer League (NASL)

112 West 34th Street
Suite 2110
New York, NY 10120
Commissioner: Bill Peterson

The North American Soccer League (NASL) is a professional soccer league established in the United States and Canada since 2011. The NASL member teams heading into 2015 are:  Atlanta Silverbacks, Carolina RailHawks, FC Edmonton, Fort Lauderdale Strikers, Indy Eleven, Jacksonville Armada FC, Minnesota United FC, New York Cosmos, Ottawa Fury FC, San Antonio Scorpions FC and Tampa Bay Rowdies. Meanwhile, Oklahoma City and Virginia are scheduled to kick off its inaugural season in 2016. 

NASL clubs play a split season format from April through June (Spring Season) and July through November (Fall Season).  The postseason format known as ‘The Championship’ is composed of the NASL Spring and Fall Season Winners being joined by the two clubs with the next best overall records from both seasons combined.  The winner of the four-team NASL postseason tournament claims the Soccer Bowl trophy. 

Since the NASL’s re-launch, the league has crowned the following champions in its modern era: NSC Minnesota Stars (2011), Tampa Bay Rowdies (2012), New York Cosmos (2013) and most recently the San Antonio Scorpions in 2014.

United Soccer Leagues (USL)

1715 N. Westshore Blvd. 
Suite 825
Tampa, Fla. 33607

Phone: 813-963-3909
Fax: 813-963-3807
President: Tim Holt

USL has become the largest organization of elite-level soccer leagues in North America by building on the vision, commitment, and passion of players, fans and investors. Now in its third decade of operation, USL continues to be a driving force in the growth of soccer in the United States, Canada and Caribbean. 

USL provides a clearly defined path for the progression of male and female soccer players beginning at the youth level (Super Y League), continuing through the amateur level (PDL/W-League/Super-20/W-20) and up to the professional level (USL PRO). A platform for countless players to reach for their dreams each year, USL is devoted to developing the sport at the grassroots level in every community across the region.