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Founded in 2014, the league's goal is to eventually achieve U.S. Soccer Division 3 status. The development goal is to give players a true professional experience and to showcase the best for opportunities to play in higher professional leagues around the world. The expansion goal is to maintain 32 teams in the US in four eight-team regional divisions. With backing from Gate Reality, the ASL will add a Mid-Atlantic, Southeast and Sunshine Division to the existing Northeast Division.
The ASL plays a Spring-Fall schedule, with the spring season will running from April to June. Then after a short break, the fall season will begin in late August and run until early November which will conclude with the ASL Championship playoffs. A Spring Champion and a Fall Champion are recognized, both of whom qualify for the four-team overall annual ASL Championship. The four-team playoff in November consists of the two season champions and the next two teams with the best overall records.
The home pitch for the Atoms is the Jean Lenox Stadium located in the heart of Glenside, Pennsylvania on the campus of Arcadia University. Glenside is a suburb of western Philadelphia and is also the home of the Hunter Soccer Youth Club. The Atoms support the Hunter SC as part of our community involvement. Several players offer up their expertise as youth coaches in the community.
The 2017 Atoms are a rebirth of the original Philadelphia Atoms that played in the original North American Soccer League from 1973 to 1976, at Veterans Stadium (1973–75) and Franklin Field (1976). The Atoms were NASL Champions in 1973. The club's colours were blue and white in the NASL and are still true to those colours today. The NASL Atoms were succeeded by the Philadelphia Fury in 1978. Both the rebooted Atoms and Fury are members of the current American Soccer League today.
The Philadelphia Atoms train at the Virtua Total Turf Experience Sports Complex in Pitman, New Jersey, just east of Philadelphia. They share the state of the art indoor/outdoor training facility with the champion Philadelphia Soul of the Arena Football League.
In addition to Virtua, Trolley, DryWorld, Veritas, Mitre, Sockatyes & Hunter SC, the ASL and the Philadelphia Atoms are currently offering sponsorship and partnership opportunities in the community. Any organizations interested in sponsoring or partnering with the ASL / Atoms can contact Matt Driver / President: 609-287-9856 / Matt@aslsoccer.us