1 Islanders- (33-9-5)- 108 points- Islanders capitalized on a historic 18 game winning streak toward the middle of the season to win their first ever FPL title. World class goal scoring and consistent defending all season long gave them the slight edge over 2nd place Lauderdale and 3rd place Ocala who were hot on their tails as the season concluded. To say nobody expected them to win is an understatement. Their title will be one of the greatest upsets in league history.
2 Lauderdale AC- (33-8-6)- 107 points- Lauderdale AC continued their domination of modern FPL, as they secured their 4th top-5 finish in 5 seasons. They nearly captured a back-to-back title in 2017, but Islanders got the best of them in the end. They will have the chance to redeem themselves in the US Super League, which they lost in the semi-final last year.
3 Ocala Riders- (33-8-6)- 107 points- Ocala Riders kept their hot streak of top-10 finishes in recent years, with their best finish since their title-winning season in 2003. They also will be going back to the US Super League after missing out last season.
4 Deportivo Miami- (32-8-7)- 104 points- The 2015 champions, who experienced a massive drop-off to 21st place in 2016, bounced back to their winning ways, as well as earning the title as “Miami’s Premier Club”
5 Daytona RC- (32-8-7)- 104 points- After losing the charm of their 1963 title-winning squad over the years, many critics believed Daytona would fall down the table. However, they have been able to hang in the top-half, shown especially by this season with a solid 5th place finish which guaranteed them US Super League qualification.
6 Buena Vista United- (32-8-7)- 104 points- Another surprise team (maybe not as much as Brigade) arose in 2017, from the “Mickey Mouse Club” themselves, BVU. After improving from 20th to 12th two years ago, success was expected from them, and they exceeded these expectations. They also booked the penultimate US Super League spot.
7 St. Johns Brigade- (30-11-6)- 101 points- One of the underdogs and surprising finishers of the season, Brigade used fast counter-attacking play to score plenty of goals, but their defense may have cost them their first title. They were also able to capture the domestic cup, the Sunshine Cup and book the final US Super League spot.
8 Clearwater- (30-10-7)- 100 points- Leading the league for the first 8 weeks, Clearwater looked to be title-challengers. However, they burned up all their energy as they started their descent to the bottom of the table. It was only until later in the season, that they were able to win again, which propelled them back into the top 10. They made it to the Sunshine Cup final, but lost 3-2 to St. Johns Brigade.
9 Biscayne Athletic- (29-10-8)- 97 points- Biscayne Athletic proved that they can be one of Miami’s elite clubs as they finished 2nd in the running of Miami clubs for the third straight year. Look to see them capture another title in coming years.
10 Fort Brooke- (26-12-9)- 90 points- Another team who started the year strong, who sank into mediocrity toward the middle of the season. They used a slow style of play that was effective only for short periods of time. They had a late push that put them back in the top 10.
11 International Gardens (25-15-7)- 90 points- Perhaps one of the unluckiest sides in the league, International drew 15 times, more than any team in the first division. They were unable to score many goals, and could not capitalize at home, so their chronic drawing doomed them to 11th rather than a USSL spot.
12 San Agustin- (26-9-12)- 87 points- One of the best feel-good stories of the season, San Agustin were able to rebound from going bankrupt 5 years ago by building the club from the ground up. They slowly grew better, and they have now achieved their best position since the 80’s.
13 River City- (24-12-11)- 84 points- Another team who has tumbled since their title winning year, River City did improve drastically. They moved back into the top 20 after finishing an abysmal 19th in the second division two years ago.
14 Tampa Bay United- (24-10-13)- 82 points- The decline since their title winning season in 2013 continues after dropping from 1st to 5th, then to 8th, then to 11th, and now 14th. They are the favorites to sign the young Colombian striker from Deerfield, so maybe their woeful attack will get better.
15 Panama City- (22-15-10)- 81 points- Panama City were one of the best teams in the league in the final 10 weeks, which was enough to get them to the top-15. However, their abysmal play in the first 37 was costly, as the burden of a poor defense haunted them all season.
16 Reeves- (22-14-11)- 80 points- This marks the first time in 8 seasons that Reeves did not finish as the top Orlando club. The hunt for their first title marches on as they’ve come as close as 2nd in 2014 and 3rd in 2012.
17 Real Palmas- (22-8-17)- 74 points- A very surprising result from the season, as Real Palmas, one of the favorites to win the league, played very sloppily and looked like a mere shadow of what they were the past two seasons.
18 Hillsborough City- (19-14-14)- 71 points- Some teams have accepted their mediocrity. Hillsborough however have protested the poor management and ownership of the club in recent years by chanting TAKE ME BACK TO 1989 every match. They did improve slightly this year though.
19 Menendez CF- (19-12-16)- 69 points- Menendez were another very unlucky team, as they lost over 10 games they were leading at halftime. Had they finished those matches out, they would have finished 6th place.
20 Lakeland Swans- (20-8-19)- 68 points- A successful season back in the top division for a usual bottom feeder club, Lakeland was able to capture their first top 20 finish in 9 years. They also made it to the semi-final of the Sunshine Cup, so it was considered their best season in years.
21 Cascades- (18-14-15)- 68 points- The rebuild the team promised in the 70’s seems to finally be working. They burst into the top 10 early in the year by staying in the top 7 for the first few weeks. They just didn’t have enough talent to hold it all together though.
22 St. Lucie Union- (18-12-17)- 66 points- St. Lucie Union had a breakthrough season, last year by getting promoted. They scored more goals in a single season than ever had, so maybe the Union are on the rise for the future, despite being relegated again.
23 Sunshine City- (18-9-20)- 63 points- Bay Area’s historically worst team enjoyed their time in the top division. But they just couldn’t connect, so back to the bottom they go.
24 Palm Beach Maritime- (17-12-18)- 63 points- Despite having a mediocre season as usual, Maritime had reason to celebrate because they defeated their southern neighbors AC Boca in the regular season and the final table. Next year we’ll be able to see that derby again as they’ll both be in the second division again.