New England Soccer Today

USASA: New League FA1 Set for May Debut


A year after the collapse of Ligas Unidas Soccer Association (LUSA), a new league based in southeastern New England has emerged from the rubble, as the Football Alliance of New England (FA1) is set to kick off its inaugural season on May 30.

The six-team, USASA-affiliated league will be comprised of sides from Boston, Providence, New Bedford, Fall River, Cranston and Taunton. Each club will play a ten-game regular season schedule, and will be entered into league-wide cup tournament.

Games will be played on Wednesday evenings, as well as Saturday evenings. The league championship will be played in early-August, and the winner will be awarded the Billy Gonsalves Cup, named after the legendary Fall River Marksmen striker.

The league is being spearheaded by Coyle Cassidy High School (Taunton) boys soccer coach Dan Borges, who also helped the New England Luso-American Soccer Association get off the ground over a decade ago.

In a media release received by O Jornal last week, Borges indicated that “the League Vision is two-fold…(1) is to provide a well structured, competitive environment for college and amateur players to pursue their passion to continue to play on a high level during the summer months. (2) To provide its member clubs the potential to use soccer as a vehicle to provide outreach programs to charitable organizations in their communities.”

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