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PDL Announces 2016 Schedule and Alignment

3 Feb, 2016


The PDL announced its alignment, season structure and schedule for the 2016 season, which will see 67 teams compete for a championship in the highest level of amateur soccer in the United States and Canada. The 469-game regular-season schedule will kick off on the weekend of May 6-8, with the championship game set for the first weekend in August.

2016 PDL SCHEDULE

“We are very excited to unveil the new schedule for the PDL’s fans, and are looking forward to another exciting summer of action across North America,” said PDL Director Todd Eason. “The strong new additions to the league this season will continue to raise the level of competition on the field, and also continue to provide young professional prospects with an ideal venue to continue their development.”

Defending PDL Champion K-W United FC will kick off its title defense on May 17 as it visits TFC Academy, while 2015 Finalists the New York Red Bulls U23 will host the Jersey Express on May 21 to open their second season in the league.

The PDL will again be divided into four conferences and 10 divisions, with both the Eastern and Western Conferences remaining with three divisions apiece.

2016 PDL Alignment

Eastern Conference

Central Conference

Southern Conference

Western Conference

Northeast Division

Great Lakes Division

Southeast Division

Northwest Division

AC Connecticut

Cincinnati Dutch Lions

FC Miami City Champions

Calgary Foothills FC

Boston

Dayton Dutch Lions

Floridians FC

Kitsap Pumas

FA Euro

Derby City Rovers

IMG Academy

Lane United FC

GPS Portland Phoenix

K-W United FC

Palm Beach Suns FC

Portland Timbers U-23s

Long Island Rough Riders

Michigan Bucks

South Florida Surf

Sounders FC U23

Seacoast United Phantoms

Pittsburgh Riverhounds U23

SW Florida Adrenaline

Victoria Highlanders FC

Western Mass Pioneers

TFC Academy

The Villages SC

Washington Crossfire

Westchester Flames

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mid Atlantic Division

Heartland Division

Mid South Division

Central Pacific Division

Baltimore Bohemians

Chicago Fire U23

Albuquerque Sol FC

Burlingame Dragons FC

Evergreen FC

Des Moines Menace

Midland/Odessa Sockers FC

BYU Cougars

Jersey Express

Kokomo Mantis FC

Mississippi Brilla

Fresno Fuego

Lehigh Valley United Sonic

St. Louis Lions

OKC Energy FC U23

Las Vegas Mobsters

New York Red Bulls U23

Thunder Bay Chill

Springfield Synergy

San Francisco City FC

Ocean City Nor’easters

WSA Winnipeg

 

 

Reading United AC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

South Atlantic Division

 

 

Southwest Division

Carolina Dynamo

 

 

FC Golden State Force

Charlotte Eagles

 

 

FC Tucson

Peachtree City MOBA

 

 

LA Laguna FC

SC United Bantams

 

 

OC Blues U23

Southern WV King’s Warriors

 

 

Southern California Seahorses

South Georgia Tormenta FC

 

 

Ventura County Fusion

Tri-Cities Otters

 

 

San Diego Zest FC

West Virginia Chaos

 

 

 

The 2016 PDL Regular Season will conclude on Sunday, July 17, with 22 teams advancing to the 2016 PDL Playoffs which will kick off the following week.

2016 PDL Playoff Format

Eastern Conference: The team finishing with the most points in the conference will advance to the Eastern Conference Championship, with the second- and third-placed teams from that division also earning berths into the playoff round. The top two teams from the remaining two divisions will also advance to the playoffs, with the Northeast and Mid Atlantic Division competing in an inter-division playoff and the South Atlantic Division’s representatives meeting each other to determine the final three teams to advance to the Eastern Conference Championship.

Southern Conference: The top two teams in the Southeast and the first-place team in the Mid South Division will advance to the Southern Conference Championship. The final place in the conference semifinals will be either the second-place side in the Mid South Division, or third-place side in the Southeast Division, to be determined by total points.

Central Conference: The top two teams in the Great Lakes and Heartland Division will advance to the Central Conference Championship.

Western Conference: The team finishing with the most points in the conference will advance to the Western Conference Championship, with the second- and third-placed teams from that division also earning berths into the playoff round. The top two teams from the remaining two divisions will also advance to the playoffs, with in-division playoffs determining the final three teams to advance to the Western Conference Championship.

The PDL Conference Championships will be held on the weekend of July 22-24, with the four conference champions advancing to the PDL Semifinals, to be held on the week of July 24-31. The 2016 PDL Championship Game will be held on the weekend of August 5-7.

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PDL: The proven developmental leader in North American soccer's evolving tiered structure, the 2015 PDL season featured 63 teams within four conferences throughout the United States and Canada, including 10 teams affiliated with the USL or Major League Soccer clubs. The PDL has proven to be an important stepping-stone for top professionals now playing throughout the world, with 70 percent of all MLS draftees having PDL experience. The PDL provides elite collegiate players the opportunity to taste a higher level of competition while maintaining their eligibility. In addition to league play, PDL teams compete in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as well as various exhibitions.

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