NISA Independent Cup

Jul 1, 2020

The National Independent Soccer Association announces the inaugural NISA Independent Cup. The first of its kind, the Independent Cup, is a regionalized competition featuring independent professional and amateur clubs. The Independent Cup was created to provide a platform for professional and amateur independent clubs to play together on a national stage. Independent clubs are built in their communities and this competition allows those communities an opportunity to express their pride in their clubs.

"The Independent Cup champions the spirit of the game, allowing talent to take the field and the beautiful game to shine on the pitch. It's the first of its kind where only independent clubs compete and one that our Fall to Spring schedule allows. We look forward to this being an annual event allowing both amateur and professional clubs to compete for the Cup in the true meaning of independent soccer.", NISA Commissioner John Prutch on the significance of the Independent Cup

The Independent Cup will feature 4 Regions and 15 clubs culminating in 4 regional champions in its inaugural 2020 Cup. "The participating clubs have shown incredible determination and support for one another and the NISA Independent Cup. Their ownership of the process has resulted in a competition that serves the best interest of all clubs and exemplifies the unity
of independent community-based clubs. I am so incredibly excited to continue to work with the NISA Board and their independent amateur brethren as the NISA Independent Cup will continue to evolve in future years.", said NISA EVP of Expansion Joshua Prutch.

The National Independent Soccer Association is also proud to announce the official presenting sponsor for the NISA Independent Cup is CovidMD, a risk assessment, triage, and telemedicine platform.

The 4 inaugural Regions for the 2020 NISA Independent Cup sponsored by CovidMD are:

Great Lakes Region:

Detroit City FC

FC Buffalo

Cleveland SC


Mid-Atlantic Region:

New York Cosmos

New Amsterdam FC

Maryland Bobcats FC

FC Baltimore Christos


Central Plains Region:

Lone Star Republic

Revolution SC

Gaffa FC

Louisiana Krewe FC


Southeast Region:

Chattanooga FC

Savannah Clovers FC

Soda City FC

Georgia Revolution FC


Kickoff Date & Live Steam Broadcasting:

Tournament kickoff date: July 11, 2020

Match streaming details will be forthcoming.


Chattanooga FC's Managing Director, Jeremy Alumbaugh, expressed the importance of the Independent Cup, "As a club we are very excited about returning to the field for competition. Doing it in the Independent Cup, has a lot of meaning for Chattanooga FC. As a Club whose roots were as an independent amateur club, we know the significance of these types of competitions. We are grateful to the clubs that are participating and to our league for helping foster this competition. Years from now it is our hope that we look back at this inaugural competition and realize how important it has become to the growth of the sport in our country."

NISA also announces that all clubs participating will be adhering to NISA's Return to Play Protocol created and established with top medical professionals and in accordance with the CDC guidelines to ensure the health and safety of all clubs' players, staffs and personnel. Regional competition will also adhere to all state and local governance in place at the time of regional competition. Full details on the NISA Independent Cup schedule can be found at


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