Union Joins Midwest Premier League As Founding Member
Dubuque, IA - The Board of Directors of Union Dubuque F.C. is delighted to announce the club’s membership in the newly-formed Midwest Premier League has been approved, and the club will begin play in the Midwest Premier League in the Spring/Summer 2020 season.
The Midwest Premier League aims to be the top regional league for amateur and semi-professional teams in the Midwest. “Since the 2017 merger of the Premier League of America (PLA) with the United Premier Soccer League (UPSL), there hasn’t been a truly regional option for teams hoping to play at this level,” said Union President Cliff Conrad. “The goal is to bring the clubs themselves into control of the league as voting members with an elected league board of directors. That ensures that clubs have direct input into key league decisions.”
Discussions about a new regional league had been ongoing for some time, with a number of area teams looking to make the jump back to regional play. The cost of making the national playoffs had made many teams anxious, lest their on-field success lead to unnecessary financial challenges.
Union Dubuque F.C. is the first team to be announced by the Midwest Premier League, and the next few teams should be announced in the weeks to come. The league intends to focus on sustainability and sharing ideas and best practices while maintaining high standards for professionalism and competitiveness. Functionally, very little will change as far as Union gameday operations, and many opponents will likely remain the same as well.