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Buffalo District Soccer League announces 2016 divisions

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:

Amherst Sharpshooters
BSC Raiders
BSC International+
Boomslang FC+
BUSS
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FC Yemen+
Queenston FC
Roos FC
SoHo FC
Yemen Elite

Premier teams that folded: Rush FC, Chelsea, Lazio merged with Amherst

CHAMPIONSHIP:

Buffalo Bantu
Buffalo Celtic
Celtic Hoops
East Aurora FC+
Lakeshore FC
Lakeside FC
Lykan FC
Niagara FC
OP Alliance+
Polonia+
Rangers
Wolfpack

FIRST DIVISION:

Alden
Amherst Alliance+
Beast City FC
Buffalo Gunners
Depew Village
Elmwood Saints FC*
Golden Seals FC*
Hamburg Monarchs
Nickel City Wanderers-
FC Quake+
Panthers
RVS United
SPAL Buffalo FC
Williamsville Willies*

First Division team that folded: West Seneca Strikers

SECOND DIVISION:

Buffalo Blizzard FC
Catan FC
Celtic 1888
Cheektowaga
Delaware Soccer Club
Meerkats FC-
PLYSA Toros+
Pendleton United FC*
Rampart FC
Revolution SC+
Tonawanda United
Ukraine
WNY United Reds
West Side FC

Second division teams that folded: Wolf Mill, Elbow Soup

THIRD DIVISION:

Aurora Arsenal II
Celtic Classic
Crimson Fire FC
Devils
Dutch*
FC Aftershock*
FC Yemen II*
FK Bosnia
Great White Buffalo
Haz Benz
Lasalle*
Rust Belt United
Stone Jug
Youngstown Marksmen*

Third division team that folded: Lakeshore SC

Email Ben Tsujimoto at btsujimoto@buffnews.com

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