Oakland Roots Statement: League and Membership


Knowing where we come from helps us know where we are going. From the very beginning we set out to do what was right at every step of the way, and we plan to do that as we continue to push to play the highest level of soccer in the city we love the most.

With that in mind, we have a message for our fans: Oakland Roots will apply to join National Independent Soccer Association (NISA), a third-division professional league sanctioned by the United States Soccer Federation (USSF). Our intent is to join NISA for their spring season in 2020. Additionally, Roots will host a minimum of four high-level matches this summer and fall. 

“We’re excited about Oakland Roots' intentions to join NISA and will work closely with them through the application process,” said NISA Commissioner John Prutch. “They’re a club rooted in passion, pride, and commitment to the game; foundations that align with NISA’s principles.”

Our club had previously committed to National Premier Soccer League’s Founders Cup. Roots leadership made a collective decision to focus on NISA as our preferred path forward. We have communicated our intent to the organizing body of the Founders Cup, as well as its constituent members. 

We remain committed to our city, our community, and our fans in building a first-class professional soccer team for Oakland. The entire Roots organization is excited for the future, and we can’t wait to show that passion on the field in the coming months and years.

In preparation for what’s to come, Oakland Roots will play a minimum of four games from August 31st through October 27th. We're very excited to share the news that our home field will be at the iconic Laney College (900 Fallon St.) in Downtown Oakland for 2019. Laney is conveniently located near Lake Merritt BART station and off I-880. Our venue choice means a lot to Oakland, as Laney has been the home of many historic athletic and academic figures over the years, and today serves approximately 12,000 students annually right in the heart of The Town.

All Founders Cup deposits can be applied towards what we will now call Oakland Roots Memberships, which will include:

  • One (1) ticket to each of our four (4) home games

  • Early entry on each game day

  • Access to exclusive Oakland Roots Membership events

  • Special discounts on select Oakland Roots merchandise 

  • Free exclusive item giveaway for Oakland Roots Members only 

  • Priority to purchase tickets for International matches at home stadium

  • Inaugural Roots SC Scarf

In the near future, you will have the exclusive opportunity to secure your Oakland Roots Membership before the general public, plus receive a 10% savings on your Membership by applying the promo code via www.oaklandrootssc.com/tickets. Ticket pricing, discounts, and further details will be released soon.

Player by player. Supporter by supporter. Resident by resident. One day at a time. One game at a time. This is about Oakland first, always.

We look forward to welcoming you as an original Oakland Roots Member!

For questions, please email info@rootssc.com.