The United Premier Soccer League Thursday was acquired by ELP Brands.
No other details, including financial, of the transaction were available.
ELP Brands is a holding company that is focused on early-stage and established brands in fashion, sports and entertainment, according to a press release.
The UPSL is an amateur league that has more than 300 teams in 32 states.
“The UPSL is already important for soccer in America with its accessibility, diversity, and inclusiveness, but the journey is just getting started,” Graham Walsh, founder, and CEO of ELP Brands, said in a statement. “In a country this size, there is huge demand and great potential. We provide access to playing time and a range of ideas which the professional game here is not deep enough to provide.
“In Europe and South America, the lower leagues form part of the game’s fabric, and each local club can tie a community together. The clubs feed players and coaches, referees, and owners into the professional game, and this is now happening in America through the UPSL. There is an Alexi Lalas and a Jamie Vardy in the UPSL now. Our job is to attract more attention to them and to strengthen the platform that Leo [Founder] and commissioner Yan Skwara have built.”
The league recently announced that its delayed 2020 spring season would start in a condensed format beginning Saturday, June 20, and incorporating only the states, counties, and municipalities where organized soccer is allowed. The league stated in a press release that it was optimistic that play will be allowed in Florida, Texas, Oklahoma, Georgia, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, Idaho, and South Carolina, other states will be subject to ongoing developments. All locations are subject to change with little notice, the press release said.