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Gulf Coast Premier League
Gulf Coast Premier League logo.png
Founded2014
Country United States
Confederation CONCACAF
Number of teams18
Domestic cup(s) Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
Current championsPort City FC
(2018)
Most championships Motagua New Orleans (3)
Website gcplsoccer.com
2018 GCPL season

The Gulf Coast Premier League (GCPL) is a United States Adult Soccer Association affiliated Amateur Elite League that includes teams from Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. The regular season of the GCPL runs May through July.

Louisiana Premier League

The Louisiana Premier League was formed in 2014 by the Louisiana Soccer Association's Adult Committee members, Jonathan Rednour and Chad Vidrine, with the assistance of Pool Boys FC founder, Jeremy Poklemba. The recent success of a similar formatted competition, [1] administered by the LSA, in the spring of 2014 and the emergence of newly formed clubs, Pool Boys FC and Cajun Soccer Club, along with the interest from Motagua New Orleans from the ISLANO league, offered an opportunity to create a statewide elite amateur league. Motagua New Orleans won the inaugural season, defeating Cajun Soccer Club in the finals, 4-2.

On March 8, 2016 the Louisiana Premier League was granted Elite Amateur League status by the United States Adult Soccer Association. [2]

Gulf Coast Premier League

On August 1, 2016 the Louisiana Premier League, sanctioned and operated by the Louisiana Soccer Association, folded to make way for the newly formed Gulf Coast Premier League. The league formed as a non-profit organization expanding itself to clubs outside Louisiana along the gulf coast. [3]

In January 2017 the league announced three expansion teams, expanding the league footprint into Alabama and Florida. [4] Central Texas Lobos FC were announced as a future member in June 2017.

Teams

Team City Stadium Founded Inaugural season Head Coach
West Division
Alexandria FC Alexandria, Louisiana Louisiana College Wildcat Field 2013 2014 United States Jeremy Poklemba
Boca Knights FC Shreveport, Louisiana Bossier High School 2015 2015 Mexico Sergio Perez Sr
Cajun Soccer Club Lafayette, Louisiana LUS Fiber Field 2013 2014 England Mark Hiller
Central Texas Lobos FC Buda, Texas Shelton Stadium 2015 2018 Colombia Jorge Cruz
Shreveport United Shreveport, Louisiana Cargill Park 2016 2018 Liberia Francois Browne
Louisiana Krewe FC Lafayette, Louisiana UL Lafayette Soccer Field 2018 2019 Spain Joan Olivia
Central Division
Baton Rouge Soccer Club Baton Rouge, Louisiana Olympia Stadium 2016 2017 United States Michael Zanco
FC New Orleans New Orleans, Louisiana Pan American Stadium 2018 2019 TBA
Gaffa FC Jackson, Mississippi Freedom Ridge Park 2016 2017 TBA
Mississippi Blues SC Clinton, Mississippi Arrow Stadium 2018 2018 United States Kurt Albrecht
Motagua New Orleans New Orleans, Louisiana Pan American Stadium 1984 2014 United States Steven Morris
Northshore United FC Covington, Louisiana Wolverine Stadium 2017 2018 United States Chris Penton
East Division
AFC Mobile Mobile, Alabama Archbishop Lipscomb Athletic Complex 2015 2017 United States Steve Wieczorek
Gulf Coast Rangers FC Fairhope, Alabama Fairhope Municipal Stadium 2017 2018 England Daniel Whelan
Hattiesburg FC Hattiesburg, Mississippi Crusader Field 1980 2019 Republic of Ireland Barry Farrell
Pensacola FC Pensacola, Florida Ashton Brosnaham Stadium 2013 2017 Trinidad and Tobago Dean Logan
Port City FC Gulfport, Mississippi Herbert Wilson Stadium 2016 2016 Norway Henrik Madsen
Tallahassee SC Tallahassee, Florida Florida State Sports Club Fields 2018 2019 United States Josh Bruno
Expansion Teams
Nebraska Bugeaters FC [5] Lincoln, Nebraska TBA 2018 2020 TBA

Former Teams

Seasons

Season Winner Runner-up Highest goalscorer
2014–15 Motagua New Orleans Cajun Soccer Club Steven Morris (Motagua New Orleans) 12
2015–16 Motagua New Orleans Boca Knights FC Joel Amos (Lake City Gamblers)

Leonardo Ferriera de Barros (Motagua New Orleans)

6
2016–17 Motagua New Orleans Shreveport Rafters FC B Reece Wilson (Motagua New Orleans) 18
2017 Gaffa FC Cajun Soccer Club Vasbert Ledger (Cajun Soccer Club) 9
2018 Port City FC Cajun Soccer Club Quesi Weston (BOCA FC) 16

References

  1. ^ "2015 US Open Cup qualifying: Cajun SC to face CD Motagua in Louisiana final". TheCup.us. 3 April 2014.
  2. ^ "Gulf Coast Premier League". United States Adult Soccer Association.
  3. ^ "About - Gulf Coast Premier League". Gulf Coast Premier League. 1 August 2016.
  4. ^ "Gulf Coast Premier League announces summer season; adds 3 new clubs". Gulf Coast Premier League. 3 January 2017.
  5. ^ "BUGEATERS FC JOIN THE GULF COAST PREMIER LEAGUE". Gulf Coast Premier League. February 18, 2019. Retrieved March 3, 2019.

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