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…with a long list of lower division franchises

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The Sacramento Geckos played one season in the A-League in 1999 and are best remembered for their dreadful shirt

On and off, for what seems like ages, I’ve been working on a project to map the existence and progress of every team in lower division outdoor soccer since the formation of SISL’s outdoor league in 1989.  Since the USL/TOA blowup, many people have pointed out the turnover rate in division 2.  To be honest, it is not as scary as the turnover rate in Division 3, which has seen 106 franchises over 15 years and have just 6 this year. Not a success story by any means.

Anyway, after a lot of fiddling around, I have managed to put something together and have put it up on Google Docs.  It can be viewed here.

The D-2 leagues – the APSL, the USISL Select League, the A-League, USL-1 and the USSF D2 League – are all signified as D-2.  USL’s D-3 league, in its various guises, is signified as D-3.  The USL’s amateur outdoor league, going back to 1989, is signified as PDL.  The NPSL, the PDL’s rival amateur league, set up by disgruntled USL teams, is signified seperately.

I can’t guarantee it is 100% right and it probably has some glaring errors but it is, at the very least, a very good starting point to mapping the movement of franchises between divisions and when teams departed.

If there are any corrections/glaring omissions, leave me a comment and I shall give it a tweak.

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Written by Michael Farrow

August 21, 2010 at 12:13 am

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…on the new USSF D-II standards

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Sunil Gulati - "I want a league. With nice stadiums. Across many time zones. With not so many pesky Canadians."

From all accounts, the USSF have conducted a throughly-professional review of the sanctioning for franchises in the second division, coming up with a set of standards to which all franchises must adhere, as well as guidelines for the league as a whole.  Brian Quarstad of Inside Minnesota Soccer, the Woodward and Bernstein of the whole USL-NASL mess, was provided with the guidelines by the USSF.  Many of the ideas seem sensible on the service and I suppose if you want to preserve the status quo, many of these things are applicable.  However, what do you do when the status quo is absolute crap?  Genuine crap.  Something that probably shouldn’t even exist? Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Michael Farrow

August 17, 2010 at 11:03 pm

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