The Buffalo District Soccer League (BDSL) has officially announced its five divisions for summer 2016 play.
Perhaps the most important division to keep an eye on is Premier, as this 12-team group is most directly impacted by the BDSL's new Elite Amateur status, which essentially allows Buffalo's best men's players to compete, with financial backing, in major regional and national tournaments.
Some important details to note: six teams folded from the 2015 campaign, nine new teams -- indicated by an asterisk -- have joined. Since the league's model is promotion-relegation, newly promoted teams are indicated by a +, while newly relegated teams are shown with a -. There will be 66 teams in the BDSL for the 2016 season.
Premier teams that folded: Rush FC, Chelsea, Lazio merged with Amherst
East Aurora FC+
Beast City FC
Elmwood Saints FC*
Golden Seals FC*
Nickel City Wanderers-
SPAL Buffalo FC
First Division team that folded: West Seneca Strikers
Buffalo Blizzard FC
Delaware Soccer Club
Pendleton United FC*
WNY United Reds
West Side FC
Second division teams that folded: Wolf Mill, Elbow Soup
Aurora Arsenal II
Crimson Fire FC
FC Yemen II*
Great White Buffalo
Rust Belt United
Third division team that folded: Lakeshore SC
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