A select league is made up of teams from different clubs (there may be many teams from the same club) that do not have trials to establish teams. The Indiana Soccer League (ISL) is in charge of running these leagues. There are 10 teams in the ISL this year. Each team plays another team twice during the season. At the end of the season, the team with most points wins.
The top two teams from each division then play in the Midwest Division Championship where the winner goes on to compete in the US Open Cup. The third-place team in each division will play in a separate cup competition called the U.S. Amateur Cup.
There are several other select leagues across the country. Most towns have a club that participates in one of these leagues.
Teams that want to enter higher level competitions must hold trials. This is when local amateur teams can sign up to trial against the senior team. If the senior team accepts the challenge, then it means that the amateur team has been accepted into that competition. Trials are usually held in early May and mid-June for the beginning of the season.
Some towns have more than one senior team. These teams would then have separate trials to see which ones would like to play together.
Except for the Mexican League, teams in the structured lower leagues are normally owned and run separately, but are directly associated with one major league team via a standardized Player Development Contract (PDC).
A minor league is a league of professional clubs in a sport that is not one of the recognized major leagues.
Neither Detroit nor Phoenix presently have Major League Soccer franchises. Teams who play outside of city borders are italicized, followed by their game sites. Both cities were awarded expansion teams prior to the start of the 2011 season; if these clubs begin playing competitively this year, they would be the first MLS teams in each market.
Anaheim and San Jose are cities that were originally included in the MLS but later removed after only one season. They were replaced with new teams owned by the same organization that owns the original MLS club.
Los Angeles is a metropolitan area, not a single city. There are many other municipalities within Southern California alone with their own sports teams including football, baseball, basketball, and hockey players. In addition, there are several other professional sports leagues such as the NFL, NBA, and NHL so Los Angeles lacks exclusive claim to soccer.
Miami was granted an expansion team on November 22, 2009. The team began play in March 2010 and is called Miami FC (or simply Miami).
New York City has been considered as a potential location for an MLS franchise since the league's inception in 1996 but no action has been taken yet to establish a club there.
The Pro Basketball Competition (PBL), commonly known as the EuroMillions Basketball League, is the highest tier-level professional basketball league in Belgium for teams due to sponsorship reasons. For sponsorship reasons, the league was originally known as the Ethias League from 2014 to 2016, and from 2014 to 2016, it was known as the Scoore! Basketball League.
It has been run by the Belgian Basketball Association since its creation in 1949. Before then, there were several other sports organizations that ran basketball competitions independently from each other. In 1935, for example, a national league called Ligue Belge de Basketball was founded, but it only lasted for one season.
There are no international games played in Belgium, but some clubs from France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain, and Tunisia are currently registered with the BBVA Banco del Mediterranee, which is the official partner of the PBL. The last game of the Ethias League was on 24 May 2016, with Okapi Aalstar defeating Roanne 2-1 in the final. The winner of the Cup competition is awarded a spot in next year's EuroLeague.
In terms of popularity, the PBL is considered to be at the same level as the Greek Basket League or the Israeli National League. There are many similarities between these leagues including the fact that they all have 16 teams who play each other once at home and once away for a total of 30 games per team.
Other schools preserve autonomy in particular sports, such as football or basketball. Other organizations in Indiana control some of the lesser sports. Boys' ice hockey, for example, is governed by the Indiana State High School Hockey Association (ISHSHA). It has 10 member schools across the state.
The association was founded in 1920. Before that time, boys in Indiana played high school ice hockey in local leagues.
Each year, the ISHSHA holds a fall tournament to determine which teams will play in the winter. The top-four finishers from the regular season qualify for the tournament. The semifinals and finals are held at campus sites.
The winner of the tournament goes on to play for the Indiana Ice National Championship. The championship game used to be held in downtown Indianapolis at Market Square Arena, but now takes place at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Minnesota Golden Gophers men's ice hockey team plays its home games there.
In addition to the Indiana Ice, other members include South Bend St. Joseph's Academy, Villa Angela Merrell Dow Memorial High School, and Warsaw Community Schools.
There are six other men's ice hockey programs in Indiana.
The Union Association and the Players' League were two other new leagues that arose to compete with the National League. The Union Association was founded in 1884 and disbanded after only one season, with the league champion St. Louis Maroons entering the National League. The Players' League was formed in 1890 and also lasted only one season, with the New York Knickerbockers joining the National League.
Both of these leagues are considered part of the history of baseball but neither survived long enough to have any influence on current affairs.
There have been many other attempts over the years at forming new major leagues, most of them failing quickly. In 1957, a new league called the American League was formed by agreement between the AL's Boston Braves and the NL's Milwaukee Braves. The two teams shared players and facilities until the Atlanta Braves moved to Milwaukee in 1965. The AL has since expanded to include all of the former NL territories except for Chicago, while the NL has lost several members south of its traditional border with Pennsylvania. Today, both the AL and the NL contain three American cities and one Canadian city as their regular franchise holders.
In 1969, a new league called the World Series of Baseball was formed by agreement between the AL and the NL. The WS began with each team sending a representative to play against the other representatives in a round-robin format.