NISA Response to DCFC Departure Request

Nov 9, 2021

CHICAGO (November 9, 2021) – The National Independent Soccer Association confirms Detroit City FC’s request to depart the league. They are a quality organization that we wish well – if they respect the legal agreements and obligations the league and the member clubs have forged together. Announcing the jump before the season’s end, and not fulfilling its commitment to the 2022 season, brings into question sporting integrity. Also, it should be the baseline that USSF ensures that order, not chaos, exists in the US system.


NISA, NISA Nation and the NISA Affiliates believe in the mission of creating a true open system based on merit. As a result of these efforts, we have four great, new, independent clubs taking to the pitch this spring; and many more communities will see their independent clubs and players fulfill the dream of completing the path to pro. It is surprising that Detroit City – a historically stalwart supporter of the open system – has chosen “franchise” over “club;" “closed” over “open."


NISA has many great storylines to carry us into 2022 and beyond. Those are our focus as we continue to champion independent American soccer.



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