SC Union Maricopa Re-Joins NISA Nation

Published Jan 10, 2023

Gilbert, AZ (January 10, 2023) – NISA Nation announces SC Union Maricopa will participate in the Southwest Region for the 2023 Season.
Formed in 2020 as Valley FC Raiders, the club previously played in NISA Nation during the 2022 Spring Season and won the NISA Independent Cup Southwest Region in 2022.
“Our organization takes great pride in supporting the goals of our many outstanding athletes around Maricopa County and our great state,” SC Union Maricopa co-founder Lanny Gholston said. “We want to help players move on to the next level of play and be successful in their journey. NISA Nation provides a substantial pathway to pro for players and having the support of Matt Morse and Dennis Pope means NISA Nation is working to be something very special for the future of the sport and the growth of NISA as a whole. We’re excited to be returning for another season in NISA Nation.”
SC Union Maricopa participated in qualifying for the 2023 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and operates developmental teams in the Southwest Premier League and the UPSL. The club also features a boys youth academy.

About NISA Nation

NISA Nation, a component of the National Independent Soccer Association (NISA), is a full-year league providing amateur independent clubs a groundbreaking path to professional status. NISA Nation bridges success on the amateur affiliate level – including the eastern Premier Soccer League, Southwest Premier Soccer League, Cascadia Soccer League and the Mountain Premier League – to a spot on the NISA professional level. Activated in Fall 2021, NISA Nation will maintain the highest standards and require the same level of professionalism within the front office and on the pitch expected of NISA professional clubs. Keeping in the spirit of independence, particular requirements and competition format will be determined with direct input from the participating clubs. NISA Nation also includes NISA Network, the home for all things NISA, independent clubs, and the open system. Learn more about NISA Nation at, or follow on Twitter @TheNISANation and on Instagram @NISANationSoccer.
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