The United Soccer Leagues (USL) is directly affiliated with the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA) and the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA). The USL is the parent organization for the men's lower division leagues of US Soccer USL First Division (second division), USL Second Division (third division), and Premier Development League (PDL) (fourth division). The top division for US men's soccer is Major League Soccer (MLS). The USL also includes a women's league W-League and the top flight youth league the Super Y-League. Currently it is the top flight of soccer in Canada. The United States Soccer Federation (USSF) is the official governing body of the sport of soccer in the United States. ... USASA is the United States Adult Soccer Association. ... The Canadian Soccer Association is the governing body of football (soccer) in Canada. ... The United Soccer Leagues First Division is a professional mens soccer league in North America. ... The United Soccer Leagues Second Division is a professional mens soccer league in North America, part of the United Soccer Leagues (USL) league pyramid. ... The USL Premier Development League (PDL) is the amateur league of the United Soccer Leagues in the United States and Canada. ... MLS logo For the defunct indoor soccer league, see Major Soccer League. ... The W-League is the first modern womens soccer league in the United States pyramid. ... The Super Y-League is the highest form of american and canadian youth soccer. ...
The USL structure allows for the Second Division champion to be promoted to the First Division, provided that the team to be promoted meets criteria set by USL and the USSF, and space exists. A formal relegation process may also be added at a future date. In the sports leagues â especially soccer leagues â of many countries, relegation (or demotion) means the mandated transfer of the worst team(s) (often the bottom three) of a higher league into a lower league at the end of the season. ...
USL rosters may consist of a maximum of 26 players, with 18 designated for each game. Each team is permitted a maximum of five (5) foreign players on its active game-day roster and a maximum of seven (7) foreign players on its master roster. In the PDL and W-League, at least three players in a full 26-player roster must be under 19, in accordance with guidelines set by the USASA and USSF. In the PDL, a maximum of eight (8) players may be over the age of 23, and can retain their NCAA elegibility. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA, often said NC-Double-A) is a voluntary association of about 1200 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletics programs of many colleges and universities in the United States. ...
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