New Amsterdam FC announced Thursday that Hofstra Soccer Stadium will be its home venue for the National Independent Soccer Association fall season.

Hofstra’s decision to allow professional soccer at the stadium is a stunning reversal of its policy. Late in the 2016 North American Soccer League season, the Hempstead, N.Y. school told the Cosmos it could not play its games at the stadium anymore.

NAFC will play nine home games at Hofstra against the Los Angeles Force at 8 p.m. Saturday.

“I know firsthand what it’s like to play professional soccer in front of passionate New York soccer fans,” NAFC head coach Bouna Coundoul said in a statement. “The beautiful game stands alone, but the true beauty of this game is having our supporters cheering us on from the stands. At the end of the day, we are the ‘Club of the People’ and there’s nothing better than having our people with us. Our players can’t wait to play in front of a home crowd for the first time at Hofstra Soccer Stadium this Saturday night.”

The club had planned to play last season at Fordham University, but with the COVID-19 pandemic shutting down colleges, the team played its home matches the Hudson Soccer Complex in Warwick, N.Y.

NAFC joined NISA, the third tier of professional U.S. Soccer, last year.

“As an organization, we have always set out for New Amsterdam FC to be our gift to New York,” NAFC sporting director Max Mansfield said. “Whether that’s between the lines or in the community. As our city goes through a rebirth so does our club. Our love for our city and for this sport has only gotten stronger. I think many of us are rediscovering New York and I invite fans and supporters to come out and rediscover football too, starting this Saturday.”

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 Guardian.com. Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of BigAppleSoccer.com. 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 Amazon.com.