|New League Structure Announced at AGM|
NPSL team owners agreed on a new corporate league structure at last week’s Annual General Meeting in Baltimore. Within the new structure the business aspect of the National Premier Soccer League will exist as a corporation in which some of the teams in the league will be able to act as shareholders. Rocket City United is one such team that will be able to hold shares in the greater NPSL Corporation.
The league’s original model was non-profit, whereas the new corporate model is for-profit and will ensure the continued growth and stability of the league for years.
League Commissioner Dan Trainor was thrilled with the decision. "With the new corporate structure we are finally able to put into practice the main principal of the National Premier Soccer League which is a league truly run by its teams," he said. "Not only that, but by being a member of the NPSL each team will have a share in the new corporate structure.?? Going into our 7th year we are in a much better position than we have ever been before."
RCU’s own president and majority owner, Andy Zorovich, has also been named to the Board of Directors for the new NPSL Corporation. He will be acting in conjunction with the Budget Committee to manage certain financial aspects of the league.
Another highlight of the week’s meeting was the change of certain by-laws, the most exciting being the new ability of NPSL teams to sign full professional players. The change grants Rocket City United full professional status as a team as well, rather than the semi-pro designation it has previously held.
The NPSL currently has relationships with the Major League Soccer Reserve League as well as the North American Soccer League,. A relationship with the Jamaican National Premier League, the top tier of Jamaican soccer, is also in the works.
The league is also working on a direct qualification system for the NPSL to simplify the process by which teams reach the US Open Cup.
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|Does the "full professional status" mean that current college Players are no longer eligible to Play? In the past RCU has had many college players on the team.|