National Premier Leagues kick off inaugural 2011-12 season as Fall Scouting Showcases draw near
CHARLESTON, S.C. (September 8, 2011) – As the inaugural National Premier Leagues (NPL) season gets into full swing in the coming weeks, clubs across the country are gearing up for a trio of NPL Fall Scouting Showcase events.
U.S. Soccer Technical Staff and US Club Soccer id2 Program Staff will be on-site at each Fall Scouting Showcase to scout and identify players for potential participation in upcoming id2 Program Training Camps and Player Development Programs, as well as a variety of U.S. Soccer programs.
Beyond the Fall Scouting Showcase games, which do not impact NPL standings, the NPL regular season is also kicking off around the country as teams begin the road towards the NPL Champions Cup. Slated for July 27-30, 2012, the NPL Champions Cup will feature winners of every NPL competing against each other for NPL national championships. The competition structure and format for the NPL Champions Cup will be announced in the coming months.
The National Premier Leagues include many of the nation’s top clubs in independently operated geographically-based leagues sharing the same technical guidelines, philosophies and structure. The NPL currently consists of nine leagues:
- Florida Premier League
- Gulf States Premier League
- Midwest Developmental League
- NorCal Premier League
- Northeast Pre-Academy League
- Northern Illinois Soccer League
- Oregon Premier League
- Southeast Pre-Academy League
- Texas Pre-Academy League
ABOUT THE NATIONAL PREMIER LEAGUES:
By providing consistent and meaningful games between an area’s top players, while reducing the total number of games, and also providing opportunities for players to be scouted by U.S. Soccer staff, the NPL offers a unique and improved platform for long-term player development. Most importantly, every NPL is led by a Technical Advisory Committee consisting of the Directors of Coaching from each member club.
Every NPL will include an integrated Player Development Program within US Club Soccer’s id2 Program to provide additional exposure and development opportunities for the top players within the NPL.
The NPL is an important component of US Club Soccer’s 10-year vision to refine the landscape for competitive youth soccer. This vision recognizes that:
- Properly-structured youth soccer clubs are the vehicle through which player development does and must occur in the United States.
- Clubs should play in leagues that provide meaningful games, allow establishment of the proper training-to-game ratio, and eliminate calendar congestion.
- Each National Premier Leagues should be integrated into US Club Soccer’s id2 national identification and development program, include Player Development Programs, and provide avenues to improve player, coach and club development.
About US Club Soccer:
US Club Soccer is a non-profit organization whose mission is to develop competitive club soccer in the United States. A member of the United States Soccer Federation since July 2001, US Club Soccer has grown to include member clubs and leagues in all 50 states. In addition to sanctioning and administering tournaments, leagues and other competitions as well as offering a range of programs for its members, US Club Soccer annually conducts the National Cup. US Club Soccer also directs its own player identification and development program – id2.
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