• Robert Palmer

    Opinion: Robert Palmer has compelling vision for new pro league

    Community-based amateur soccer is in many ways the lifeblood of the growth of American soccer on the grassroots level. The remarkable recent growth of local supporters culture taking the best of European traditions and marrying them with small and medium-sized town America is one of the great untold stories...
  • Detroit City FC - Ben Pirmann

    Soc Takes Pod Ep. 41: Detroit City FC manager Ben Pirmann

    Detroit City FC head coach and Michigan State men’s soccer assistant coach Ben Pirmann guests alongside co-hosts Kevin Johnston and John Lenard to talk DCFC, MSU, the MLS SuperDraft, NPSL and more. Pirmann also touches on the greater Michigan soccer landscape and provides some of his recipes for success...
  • Indiana Futsal

    Soc Takes partners with local nonprofit Indiana Futsal

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 16, 2018) — Footy is alive and well in the Hoosier State, which was only achieved from the bottom up. Since the growth of the game in Indiana is dependent upon giving kids free, accessible places to play and bringing communities together, two Circle...
  • American Outlaws - U.S. Soccer - Athlete Council

    How Athlete Council bloc arrived at vote for Carlos Cordeiro

    ORLANDO, Fla. — Coming out of this weekend’s USSF Annual General Meeting and presidential election in Orlando, the role of the Athlete Council has been especially scrutinized. The council, whose bloc of votes — comprising 25.8 percent of the electorate and 51.6 percent of the votes needed to win...
  • Las Vegas Lights FC - Ferrino

    Oy vey: Ferrino’s disastrous night mars LV Lights FC’s debut

    LAS VEGAS — USL expansion club Las Vegas Lights FC had plenty of positives to exit Saturday’s 2-0 loss to the Montreal Impact with. The Lights held the MLS side scoreless in the first half, mostly contained Ignacio Piatti, did some decent work in the defensive and middle thirds...
  • Parview Field - Project 50-50 Part III - credit Marshall Dunlap

    Project 50/50: Part III

    Welcome back to Project 50/50. This is Part III of my ongoing series, wherein I find what I believe to be the best untapped markets for professional soccer in every single U.S. state. The idea is that every single team concept should be Division 3 compliant, with a stadium...
  • Clause 12b in NASL contract allows easy termination of player contracts

    Recently, we discussed the potentially troubling interpretation of the USL’s player contract in the contract termination of FC Cincinnati’s Tommy Heinemann. From our perspective, the troubling clauses in the USL contract have the potential to be abused to limit the validity of player contracts. Unfortunately, another similar contractual clause exists...
  • USL - player contracts

    One USL club’s player contract contains ‘at any time’ termination clause

    Over the course of the last several years, the U.S. Soccer Federation created an impetus among the leadership of the USL to bring every club into compliance with every FIFA guideline regarding player contracts. As of the end of the 2017 season, USL clubs were more consistently and completely...
  • Exclusive: Discussions planned regarding new, unsanctioned professional soccer league

    As originally reported by Soc Takes contributor Kartik Krishnaiyer, this weekend, Jacksonville Armada owner Robert Palmer will meet with interested owners about launching an unsanctioned league. Sunday @JaxArmadaFC owner Robert Palmer will convene a "Division Zero" Task Force meeting in Orlando. Among the topics to be discussed are how...
  • Beautiful Game Network

    Soc Takes Pod now part of Beautiful Game Network

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE INDIANAPOLIS and PITTSBURGH (Feb. 6, 2018) — Soc Takes and the Beautiful Game Network (BGN) are pleased to announce the Soc Takes Pod as the network’s newest member. The BGN is one of the world’s largest collectives of soccer podcasts, already boasting a roster of a dozen...