Bill Peterson was named Commissioner of the North American Soccer League on November 27, 2012. Under his tenure the NASL has mirrored the style of other professional soccer leagues around the world by retaining a single table structure in 2013 that will also feature for the 2014 season when teams will observe a month long break to avoid a conflict with the FIFA World Cup.
Impressive achievements on the field continued as NASL clubs progressed in the centennial edition of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The Carolina RailHawks defeated two Major League Soccer (MLS) teams, including the defending MLS Cup champion Los Angeles Galaxy on the way to reaching the quarterfinals. Also in the oldest Cup competition in the nation, the Tampa Bay Rowdies eliminated the three-time U.S. Open Cup champion, Seattle Sounders FC.
Peterson and the NASL confirmed expansion to Indianapolis in January and the city’s Indy Eleven club has been joined by Ottawa Fury FC for the 2014 season. During the break between 2013 Spring and Fall seasons, the NASL added Jacksonville, Fla. and Oklahoma City, Okla. who will join Virginia Cavalry FC as expansion markets for the 2015 season, making the NASL only the second-ever professional soccer league in the United States to boast as many active teams in it first five seasons.
On August 3, 2013, the NASL welcomed the iconic New York Cosmos back to the NASL family as the legendary Pele, now in the role of Honorary Chairman, led the team back onto the field after an absence of almost three decades.
No stranger to North American soccer having worked closely with MLS teams when he was the Senior Vice President of AEG Sports and Managing Director of the Home Depot Center from 2000 to 2006, Peterson helped oversee the management of numerous MLS teams and the development of soccer-specific stadiums across the country.
Most recently Peterson provided advisory and event services to a variety of clients in Canada and the United States through his own firm Solve4. Peterson is the Chairman of the USA Cycling Board of Directors and a member of the USPRO Cycling Board of Trustees and served briefly as COO of the UFL.
He was the Executive Vice President of Centerplate, the North American market leader for managing food and beverage, retail, restaurant, and events in sports facilities, convention centers, and entertainment complexes. He spent six years working with a variety of teams, facilities and sporting events while Senior Vice President at AEG in Los Angeles. Peterson spent almost a decade working for the National Football League where he became the President of NFL Europe having been the General Manager of the league’s Amsterdam Admirals.