UPDATED: July 30, 2014 at 2:25 PM
The National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) has terminated the contract with Playbook Management International LLC (PMI) and league commissioner Michael Hitchcock, effective August 4, 2014. According to a source familiar with the NPSL Board of Directors decision, PMI was given 30-days notice in late June.
Hitchcock, who is a founding partner at PMI, and his company were hired on May 15, 2013. He was part of the expansion movement of this past winter, seeing the league grow from 57 teams in 2013 to the current 78. One of those clubs is the Fort Worth Vaqueros, who are owned and staffed by PMI.
The National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) is the successor to the Men’s Premier Soccer League (MPSL), which was formed in 2002. By 2005 it became necessary for the league to expand to a national format in order to accommodate teams from the Midwest region. The NPSL expanded further in 2007 by adding a Northeastern region. In 2011, with the addition of a Southeastern region, the National Premier Soccer League has truly become a nationwide league. In 2014, NPSL became the largest national soccer league in the US Soccer development pyramid with over 80 teams all over the country. Over 30 expansion teams joined the NPSL for the 2014 season.
The NPSL is sanctioned by the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), the governing body of soccer in the United States. The NPSL operates and is managed as a team-run league. The structure of the league allows each team to have one vote. Each team is individually owned and operated, and is responsible for maintaining league minimum standards. New teams seeking membership into the NPSL are subject to approval by existing team owners.