Three new clubs, including two new states, equals 11 teams strong. The NPSL South Central Conference welcomed two new teams at December's owners meetings (Little Rock Rangers and ShreveportRafters FC), and welcomed its latest addition (Dutch Lions) over this past weekend. All eight South Central Conference teams returned from the 2015 season meaning the conference now sits at a solid 11 teamsacross six states. The South Central Conference now reigns as the largest conference among the 12 conference, 80 team NPSL.
“THIS CONFERENCE IS FULL OF QUALITY OPPONENTS. OBVIOUSLY WE ARE EXCITED FOR OUR INAUGURAL SEASON, AND TO SEE HOW WE COMPETE WITHIN THE SOUTH CENTRAL. WE LOOK FORWARD TO HOSTING AND SHOWING THEM ALL WHAT WAR MEMORIAL AND LITTLE ROCK HAS TO OFFER.” – JONATHAN WARDLAW (PRESIDENT/GM –LR RANGERS)
All conference clubs will face each other once plus two additional matches against nearby rivals for a total of 12 conference matches. The top two teams earn an automatic berth into the conference championship tournament. The third place team will host the sixth place team while the fourth place team welcomes in the fifth place squad. The two wild card winners join the top two sides in the conference championship tournament. The regular season No. 1 seed will face the lowest ranked wild card side to advance to the tournament.
"I LIKE THE WAY THE PLAYOFF SYSTEM IS SET UP. IT ALLOWS US MAKE SOME REALISTIC GOALS IN OUR INAUGURAL YEAR. IT WILL MAKE THE SEASON EXCITING AND SOMETHING TO PLAY FOR ALL THE WAY TO THE FINAL GAME.” – MICHAEL SURTEES (HEAD COACH – LR RANGERS)
2016 NPSL SOUTH CENTRAL CONFERENCE
Corinthians FC of San Antonio, Texas
Dallas City FC, Texas
Dutch Lions, Texas
FC Wichita, Kansas
Fort Worth Vaqueros FC, Texas
Houston Regals SCA, Texas
Joplin Demize, Missouri
Little Rock Rangers, Arkansas
Liverpool Warriors, Texas
Shreveport Rafters FC, Louisiana
Tulsa Athletics, Oklahoma