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NPSL splitting Keystone Conference into east and west



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Local National Premier Soccer League teams will have a different look to their schedule this summer.

The NPSL announced earlier this week that the Keystone Conference will be divided into an east and west conference for the upcoming season.

The east will include just one team from the Keystone State in new entry Philadelphia Union Development Squad. They’re joined by four New Jersey teams: Atlantic City, FC Monmouth, FC Motown and Jackson Lions and one team from Delaware: First State FC.

First State FC moves conferences for the second time after leaving the Keystone Conference last year to join the Mid-Atlantic Conference. Philadelphia Lone Star is ending a tenure in the league that dates back to 2012.

The Keystone West Conference will include Philadelphia Ukrainian Nationals, Electric City Shock, Hershey FC, PA Classics, Torch FC and West Chester United.

Keystone East kicks off on May 11 with First State FC hosting Atlantic City FC at Abessinio Stadium in Wilmington. Keystone West kicks off on May 13 with West Chester United hosting PA Classics.

The full schedule for both conferences is available at

Matthew Ralph is the managing editor of Philadelphia Soccer Now / Brotherly Game. He's covered soccer at all levels for many years in the Philadelphia region and has also written for, NPSL, PrepSoccer and other publications. He lives with his wife and two young children in Broomall, Pa., but grew up in South Jersey and is originally from Kansas.

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