Geographical Considerations

Clubs must play all home games in a 30-mile radius of the Minnesota United FC Stadium: 400 Snelling Ave N, St Paul, MN 55104. The “green” radius shows a 30-mile radius as described. Due to driving distance discrepancies, miles and “as the crow flies” considerations, TCSL will consider clubs in the “gray” area given proximity to other clubs, structure as outlined below and traveling impact on other members. In some cases, a modified travel arrangement may be made where a club may play more away matches than home matches.


The purpose of TCSL is for progressive clubs that are similar in structure to collaborate and compete against one another.

New Club Criteria

TCSL holds itself to the highest of standards and strives to help clubs create the best possible environment for their players. The following are criteria for new membership into TCSL:

  • Number of teams submitted into the league. A minimum of eight (8) teams must be entered into both the Fall and Spring seasons (or NPL equivalent). A minimum of one (1) boys team and one (1) girls team must be represented.
  • Must submit and field a 9U team in either gender.
  • No more than 35% of registered players will have been registered to a different TCSL Member Club in the previous season.
  • In certain cases, TCSL may solicit input from current members.
  • Professional (paid) Director of Coaching (DOC) or similar role (must possess at minimum a USSF ‘C’ License)
  • Professional (paid) administrative staff
  • Technical plan
  • Coaching staff licenses – click here for base coach education requirements
  • Field permits or written agreement for fields (including dome space, in the winter months) – 7v7, 9v9, 11v11 fields
  • 5-Year Growth Model

Application Checklist Items

Application checklist items, in addition to the above:

  • Club Logo
  • Proof of US Club Soccer Club Membership
  • Confirmation that DOC (or similar role) has successfully completed US Club Soccer background check
  • Additional signatories: 2 other individuals shall be listed on the application as references (most likely the Club Administrator and Board President)

Application Timing

All applications are due no later than three (3) calendar months in advance of the team submittal deadline as published in the TCSL calendar.

This will generally be early-May for Fall entry and early-November for Summer entry. While the applications window is open year-round, due to the unique considerations Winter season poses, clubs will not be admitted during this time frame.