New Amsterdam FC will kick off its inaugural fall season in the National Independent Soccer Association with a doozy of a home opener.
The expansion team will host the Cosmos in a New York Derby at the Hudson Sports Complex in Warwick, N.Y. on Friday, Aug. 21 at 6 p.m.
It will be one of four games NAFC will play in this abbreviated season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
NAFC and the Cosmos will meet in a preseason encounter, the NISA Independent Cup at the Hudson complex Sunday night.
NAFC will hit the road to visit Chattanogga FC on Saturday, Aug. 29 at 7:30 p.m.. The club will play at Detroit City FC at Keyworth Stadium on Sept. 5 at 7:30 p.m. before returning home to finish its regular-season schedule against the Michigan Stars on Sept. 12 at 6 p.m.
New Amsterdam will compete in the Eastern Conference along with Detroit City FC, Chattanooga FC, Michigan Stars and Cosmos. The Los Angeles Force, Cal United and Oakland Roots will comprise the Western Conference.
The fall champion will be determined in a tournament that will be hosted in a single location from the end of September thru the beginning of October. That champion will host the NISA 2020-21 season championship match against the spring season winners.
Absent from the fall schedule are two NISA original member clubs – Stumptown Athletic and 1904 FC.
“As a result of the pandemic and the financial stress it puts on clubs, Stumptown Athletic and 1904 FC have decided not to play this fall and prepare themselves to compete in the spring,” NISA commissioner John Prutch said.
All NISA games will be streamed live on MyCujoo.