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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.

Gulf Coast Premier League
Gulf Coast Premier League logo.png
Founded2014
CountryUnited States
ConfederationCONCACAF
Number of teams18
Domestic cup(s)Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
Current championsFC New Orleans
(2019)
Most championshipsMotagua New Orleans (3)
Websitegcplsoccer.com
2019 GCPL season

Louisiana Premier LeagueEdit

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 LeagueEdit

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.

Developmental LeagueEdit

A 4-team developmental league called the Gulf Coast Development League (GCDL) was announced and began play in May 2019.

Great Plains Premier LeagueEdit

In 2019, the GCPL announced the creation of the Great Plains Premier League (GPPL), an expansion conference/sister league with teams to be based in the Dakotas, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas or Missouri. The GPPL will begin play in 2020 and the first team to join, Nebraska Bugeaters FC, would play their 2019 season as exhibition-only.[5][6]

TeamsEdit

Team City Stadium Founded Inaugural season Head Coach
West Division
Alexandria FC Alexandria, Louisiana Louisiana College Wildcat Field 2013 2014   Jeremy Poklemba
Boca Knights FC Shreveport, Louisiana Bossier High School 2015 2015   Sergio Perez Sr
Cajun Soccer Club Lafayette, Louisiana LUS Fiber Field 2013 2014   Mark Hiller
Central Texas Lobos FC Buda, Texas Bob Shelton Stadium 2015 2018   Jorge Cruz
Shreveport United Shreveport, Louisiana Cargill Park 2016 2018   Francois Browne
Louisiana Krewe FC Lafayette, Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns Soccer/Track Facility 2018 2019   Joan Olivia
Central Division
Baton Rouge Soccer Club Baton Rouge, Louisiana Olympia Stadium 2016 2017   Michael Zanco
FC New Orleans New Orleans, Louisiana Pan American Stadium 2018 2019   Wilmer Peralta
Gaffa FC Jackson, Mississippi Freedom Ridge Park 2016 2017 TBA
Mississippi Blues SC Jackson, Mississippi Harper Davis Field 2018 2018   Kurt Albrecht
Motagua New Orleans New Orleans, Louisiana Pan American Stadium 1984 2014   Tony Martinez
Northshore United FC Covington, Louisiana Wolverine Stadium 2017 2018   Chris Penton
East Division
AFC Mobile Mobile, Alabama Archbishop Lipscomb Athletic Complex 2015 2017   Steve Wieczorek
Gulf Coast Rangers FC Fairhope, Alabama Fairhope Municipal Stadium 2017 2018   Daniel Whelan
Hattiesburg FC Hattiesburg, Mississippi Crusader Field 1980 2019   Barry Farrell
Pensacola FC Pensacola, Florida Ashton Brosnaham Stadium 2013 2017   Dean Logan
Port City FC Gulfport, Mississippi Herbert Wilson Stadium 2016 2016   Henrik Madsen
Tallahassee SC Tallahassee, Florida Florida State Sports Club Fields 2018 2019   Josh Bruno
Great Plains (Expansion Teams)
Nebraska Bugeaters FC[7] Omaha, Nebraska Morrison Stadium 2018 2020   Scott Robertson

Former TeamsEdit

SeasonsEdit

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
2019 FC New Orleans Northshore United Roger Llergo (FC New Orleans)

Adrian Olivares Rodriguez (Louisiana Krewe) Oscar Saavedra (Central Texas Lobos FC)

9

ReferencesEdit

  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. ^ https://www.gcplsoccer.com/bugeaters-fc-joins-the-gcpl/
  6. ^ https://www.plainsleague.com/s/GPPL-Info-11-18.pdf
  7. ^ "BUGEATERS FC JOIN THE GULF COAST PREMIER LEAGUE". Gulf Coast Premier League. February 18, 2019. Retrieved March 3, 2019.

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