I had the pleasure of interviewing someone from the NPSL the year that the league started (2002? 2003?), and like many soccer people, I was curious as to why PDL teams were leaving the USL for this new league. I remember being told that the NPSL had a vastly different business model than the USL where the franchise fees were much less and the annual league dues were much more affordable, and how that money was used a lot differently than the USL. It's been a while since the interview, and honestly, I haven't really followed the NPSL (my sports plate is about as full as humanly possible, so it's hard to follow EVERYTHING) so I was hoping someone could explain the league's business model, their philosophy, and why they feel that the NPSL is a better amateur soccer option than the PDL. My kneejerk reaction after the interview, having followed and supported the PDL for a number of years, was...do we really need competition at this point? I remember liking some of the ideas, and I'm a firm believer that competition is USUALLY a good thing, but I thought then (and still think now) that American soccer is still a little too young for it. I'm sure this topic has been discussed before, but now that the league is 5 years old, I'd also like to know how things are going. Obviously the league is growing...so things must be going pretty well. I was also hoping, since I know many NPSL and USL people frequent these boards, that someone could shed some light on the subject of PDL vs. NPSL. Mostly, I'd like to know what the overall opinion of the NPSL is and what people think about the business model, the level of play between the two leagues. For example, are we starting to see NPSL players taken in the MLS and USL drafts? For the fans, I'm curious...do you support both leagues? Do some of you have a strong loyalty toward the USL so you ignore the NPSL? I just don't get a sense that the NPSL is respected enough, and I'm wonder if that observation is accurate, and why that is. Another way to approach this discussion is...if you're anti-PDL, what's your beef? And if you're anti-NPSL....what's YOUR beef? Lots of questions, lots of angles to approach this with. Hopefully, what I just wrote wasn't too scatterbrained, because I have a lot of questions and curiousities. Hopefully this thread can educate some people (including myself) on the differences between the two leagues.