Chicago NISA approved for 2021 start

Peter Wilt Led Group is In; Primary Team Owner Introduced; Website Launched; COO Hired; Team Name Submissions and Fan Advisory Group Volunteers Requested
Published Nov 5, 2020

Chicago NISA announced today that its September 10th application for a National Independent Soccer Association (NISA) team has been approved for a Chicago. The club led by veteran soccer executive Peter Wilt who co-founded NISA in 2017 will begin play in the 2021 fall season.

Chicago NISA also introduced Bruce Merivale-Austin as its primary team owner and Night Train Veeck as its Chief Operating Officer, launched its website and requested submissions for its team name and volunteers to participate as a fan advisory group.

“This is a very exciting day for people who care about soccer in Chicago. We look forward to working with Chicagoans to build an organization that will share their values, be transparent, diverse, equitable and inclusive,” Wilt said.

“Having a club in Chicago is a powerful statement as we create an open system of quality, independent professional and amateur clubs across the country,” says NISA Commissioner John Prutch. “NISA has rapidly grown its foundation through expansion, affiliates with amateur leagues, and augmenting our structure. Bringing Peter back into the fold is icing on the cake.”

While Wilt is playing the major development role for Chicago NISA, Bruce Marivale-Austin is recognized as the primary team owner. Bruce is a British citizen and Managing Partner and Principal of DM Partners Asia, a UK multi-generational Single-Family Office based in Singapore since 2005.

Chicago NISA launches its website today where fans can offer up ideas for a team name and team colors. Submissions for the team name and colors will be accepted through November 22 when the club will follow up with an advisory fan poll on the best and most interesting suggestions. The polling will continue into January when the club plans to announce the formal team name and colors.

In addition to Veeck as the team’s COO, Chicago NISA will announce other executives such as its chief revenue officer and technical director/head coach over the next two months. Additional staffing will be hired after January 1st.

Wilt has led seven previous start-ups including Chicago’s two first division clubs, the Chicago Fire (MLS) and Chicago Red Stars (NWSL). He also has launched and operated several lower division clubs including USL Championship’s Indy Eleven and USL League One’s Forward Madison.


Founded in 2020, Chicago NISA is a community-based professional soccer team planning to begin play next fall in NISA, a U.S. Soccer sanctioned third division league. Led by Managing Partner, President and CEO Peter Wilt Chicago NISA is a public benefit corporation committed to transparency and working with its constituents to use its platform for social justice, diversity, equality and inclusion. Its primary team owner is Bruce Merivale-Austin, a British citizen and Managing Partner and Principal of DM Partners Asia, a UK multi-generational Single-Family Office based in Singapore since 2005. For more information on how you can be a part of the creation process and become a fan, contact us at, visit and follow on Twitter @ChicagoNISA, Facebook and Instagram. Of Chicago, By Chicago, For Chicago. Urbs in Horto


The National Independent Soccer Association was founded in 2017 with a mission to bring professional soccer to every city in the United States. A pro league member of U.S. Soccer, NISA focuses on a model based on meritocracy, independent clubs controlling their own league, clubs owning their intellectual property, all without the barrier of territorial rights. Sanctioned by the U.S. Soccer Federation, NISA also runs the mid-summer pro-am Independent Cup tournament, the year-long amateur league NISA Nation, and NISA Media.

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