Annual # of Soccer Teams

Here’s an ongoing list of the number of teams at each level of men’s outdoor soccer in the US and Canada (and occasionally the Caribbean) since the start of (the) Major League Soccer in 1996. I have now added columns for the total number of professional teams (“Pro”), the total number of amateur teams (“Am”) and the number of NPSL teams.

Year Div. I Div II Div III Pro PDL NPSL Am Total
1996 10 28 27 65 34   34 99
1997 10 24 39 73 30   30 103
1998 12 28 39 79 33   33 112
1999 12 30 26 68 42   42 110
2000 12 25 22 59 44   44 103
2001 12 21 17 50 45   45 95
2002 10 18 18 46 47   47 93
2003 10 19 13 42 50 6 56 98
2004 10 16 12 38 55 10 65 103
2005 12 12 9 33 54 14 68 101
2006 12 12 10 34 59 18 77 111
2007 13 12 10 35 63 22 85 120
2008 14 11 10 35 67 25 92 127
2009 15 11 9 35 69 27 96 131
2010 16 12 6 34 68 31 99 133
2011 18 8 *12 38 64 38 102 140
2012 19 8 11 38 73 55 128 166
2013 19 #8 13 40 ^64 57 121 153
2014 19 10 14 43 64 78 142 185


*Not counting the three Puerto Rico teams who started the season but were ousted early on.
#Total of 7 in the Spring Season, 8 in the Fall Season.
^One (Bermuda) folded before playing a game.