Silver Spring, MD (October 13, 2020) - The National Independent Soccer Association (NISA)
overwhelmingly approved the Maryland Bobcats FC membership application. The
club is currently in discussions with NISA with the intent to begin competition in Spring
"I congratulate the Maryland Bobcats, their owners, coaches, players and staff on
receiving their membership in NISA,” says Commissioner John Prutch. “The Bobcats
truly exemplify what it means to be an independent club. They are closely tied to the
community and have proven over the years what it takes to rise in the ranks both on
and off the pitch.
“This represents a new chapter for their club and supporters, and I couldn't be happier
for them," Prutch continues. “For NISA, it keeps us on our mission to bring quality
professional soccer to every city in the United States.”
Through joining NISA, the Bobcats become the only men’s professional outdoor soccer
team in Maryland and first since Crystal Palace Baltimore dissolved in 2010. They also
are the second NISA club with Black ownership to take the pitch – joining 1904 FC.
Building an opportunity for minority players, coaches and staff members has been a
keystone for the team from the beginning.
“This has been 10 years in the making for us and for our community,” says Bobcats
owner Jide Saba. “We share the NISA vision of providing players and coaches a path of
professional soccer – of building a true open system based on merit.”
On the heels of winning the United Premier Soccer League National Championship in
early 2020 that included an undefeated season, the Bobcats flexed their soon-to-be-pro
muscles in the inaugural NISA Independent Cup last August earning the Mid-Atlantic
Region title – extending the team’s undefeated streak. The club is tentatively slated to
play home games at Maureen Hendricks Field at the SoccerPlex in Boyds, Md.
With the Bobcats II team playing in the Eastern Premier Soccer League – an affiliation
with NISA was announced in September – and NISA’s announcement of NISA Nation,
the path is now clearer than ever.
About Maryland Bobcats FC
The Maryland Bobcats Football Club was founded in 2009. Based in Montgomery and
Prince George’s Counties in Maryland, it is a fully minority-owned club with a majority
minority roster. Bobcats FC has a "one family" mentality. From the youngest player to
the most experienced, youth teams to First Team, players support, push and encourage
each other to play the right way. Beyond soccer, Bobcats FC helps, inspires, gives back
and supports the local community that supports, comes to games, and cheers them on.
The club gives players opportunities that they wouldn't get somewhere else. They can
play and just need a place to prove it.
The National Independent Soccer Association was founded in 2017 with a mission to
bring professional soccer to every city in the United States. A pro league member of
U.S. Soccer, NISA focuses on a model based on meritocracy, independent clubs
controlling their own league, clubs owning their intellectual property, all without the
barrier of territorial rights. Sanctioned by the U.S. Soccer Federation, the NISA Fall
2020 season and Championship Tournament runs August 8th - October 2nd. NISA also
runs the mid-summer Independent Cup, open to independent professional and amateur
clubs alike. For more information about NISA visit NISAOfficial.com or contact at