The United Soccer League is the largest professional soccer league in the United States and Canada, and the world, with 30 teams in 20 U.S. states and 2 Canadian provinces. The USL was granted provisional Division 2 status by the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) Board of Directors in January 2017, a decision that came after the league more than doubled in size since 2014. The USL has built a stable, highly competitive professional soccer league on a national footprint with strong local ownership groups in major markets positioned for long-term success.
The 2017 season will mark the introduction of three teams - Ottawa Fury FC, Reno 1868 FC and Tampa Bay Rowdies. In addition to league play, USL teams compete in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as well as various domestic and international exhibitions. The USL is the longest-standing professional affiliate member of U.S. Soccer.
The proven developmental leader in North American soccer's evolving tiered structure, the Premier Development League (PDL) features four conferences throughout the United States and Canada, including 13 teams affiliated with USL or Major League Soccer clubs. The PDL has proven to be an important stepping-stone for top professionals now playing throughout the world, with nearly 70 percent of all MLS selections since 2010 having PDL experience. The PDL season consists of 14 regular season matches for each team, seven home and seven away, and provides elite collegiate players the opportunity to taste a higher level of competition while maintaining their eligibility. In addition to league play, PDL teams compete in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as well as various exhibitions.
As the governing body of soccer in all its' forms in the United States, the U.S. Soccer Federation has played an integral part in charting the course for the sport in the USA for 100 years. In that time, the Federation’s mission statement has been clear and simple: to make soccer, in all its' forms, a preeminent sport in the United States and to continue the development of soccer at all recreational and competitive levels.