A new league is in town (maybe yours). American Premier League (APL) is poised to take on the established Minnesota Amateur Soccer League (MASL) and Minnesota Recreation Soccer League (MRSL). The inaugural APL season is scheduled to begin in June of 2015.
The club behind the creation of the new APL is FC Minneapolis, established in 2013.
FC Minneapolis finished last in the MRSL Division 1 Sunday league this past summer at 0-0-14. Their fall campaign in the Minneapolis Park & Rec Board (MPRB) Fall League went much better for the club finishing second at 3-2-1, albeit against slightly lower level competition (FC Dunham, Internazionale Corsica, LynLake United, Savigent, Summit FC and Triremes).
Sanctioned by the U.S. Adult Soccer Association (USASA), the APL is affiliated with US Soccer, USASA Region II and Minnesota Soccer Association. Once established, the league hopes to become one of the premier fifth-tier leagues in the Upper Midwest of the United States.
Now four other clubs have formed to help create the APL. All five charter member clubs are based in the Twin Cities metro area, but the league has had inquiries from around the state for 2016. The league is set to play an eight-match regular season to begin on June 6 when FC Minneapolis will host Brooklyn Park SC at Park Center High School.
- Blaine City FC – National Sports Center
- Brooklyn Park SC – Prairie Seeds Academy Field
- Hopkins United – St. Louis Park HS Stadium
- FC Minneapolis – Park Center HS Stadium
- St. Louis Park FC – St. Louis Park HS Stadium