CHICAGO – The National Independent Soccer Association announced the 2020 NISA Fall Tournament will be played in Detroit from Sept. 21-Oct. 2.

Matches will take place at Keyworth Stadium, home to Detroit City FC. The clubs will be seeded at the conclusion of the fall season and broken into two groups of four clubs each.

The tournament also will launch NISA’s partnership with beIN SPORTS. Although the tournament will be played behind closed doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic, games will be aired in the U.S. and Canada on beIN SPORTS XTRA – the network’s free, 24/7 English-language live sports channel.

The Cosmos will participate in the tournament.

“In what has been a difficult year for everyone that enjoys the beautiful game, the 2020 NISA Fall Tournament will be a true celebration for fans of independent soccer,” NISA commissioner John Prutch said in a statement. “I want to thank NISA’s board of governors, the clubs and the league staff for all the work that went into making this a reality.”

The competition will consist of a round-robin format followed by semifinals games and concluding with a championship match. The tournament champ will host the Spring 2021 winner to determine NISA’s 2020-21 season champion.

Keyworth Stadium was the first Works Progress Administration project in Michigan and was opened by former president Franklin Delano Roosevelt Oct. 15, 1936. Detroit City FC led a community investment campaign to renovate the stadium in 2016.

Games will be available via mobile device or tablet on beIN SPORTS XTRA, available in the U.S. and Canada on The Roku Channel, Samsung TV Plus (1163), and XUMO TV (746), and additionally in the U.S. on Pluto TV, Redbox, Tivo, and over-the-air stations in Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas – Fort Worth, Houston, San Jose – San Francisco – Oakland, Atlanta, Miami – Fort Lauderdale, San Diego, Salt Lake City, Hartford, Columbus, Las Vegas and Austin, among others.

Select matches also will air on the network’s streaming platform, beIN SPORTS CONNECT, available in the U.S. to authenticated subscribers via traditional and OTT providers including Charter, Dish, SlingTV, Verizon Fios, Cox, FuboTV, Liberty, Fanatiz, Mediacom, RCN, Atlantic Broadband, VIDGO, and Claro TV, among others.

More details will be released at the conclusion of the fall schedule.

Front Row Soccer editor Michael Lewis has covered 13 World Cups (eight men, five women), seven Olympics and 25 MLS Cups. He has written about New York City FC, New York Cosmos, the New York Red Bulls and both U.S. national teams for Newsday and has penned a soccer history column for the Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of He has written seven books about the beautiful game and has published ALIVE AND KICKING The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers. It is available at