Youth Soccer News: New England Premier League created as newest addition to US Club Soccer’s National Premier Leagues
US Club Soccer has announced the creation of the New England Premier League as the newest addition to the organization’s National Premier Leagues (NPL).
Based upon fundamental principles in US Club Soccer’s 10-year vision, the NPL has been created to provide a national developmental platform with the highest level of competition in given geographic areas, and to elevate and change the competitive youth soccer landscape.
The New England Premier League, which will include the U-13 through U-18 boys’ age groups, is comprised of six clubs:
- FC Stars of Mass
- New England Aztec
- NHPSA (Classics)
- Western United
The NPL now includes the top clubs from New England, as the six New England Premier League clubs will join Seacoast United and FC Greater Boston Bolts, which have been members of the NPL’s Northeast Pre-Academy League since its inception in 2009.
Set to kick off in spring 2012, New England Premier League participating teams will play a regular-season schedule leading into a playoff weekend to determine which teams will advance to the inaugural National Premier Leagues Champions Cup in July 2012.
"We are looking forward to being a part of the National Premier Leagues,” said MPS Director of Coaching Peter Bradley. “Having the opportunity to play against other NPL champions from across different regions of the country is a very exciting prospect and I am sure that the NPL will go from strength to strength."
The NPL, which kicked off its inaugural season this fall, now includes 10 leagues across the country: the Florida Premier League, Gulf States Premier League, Midwest Developmental League, New England Premier League, NorCal Premier League, Northeast Pre-Academy League, Northern Illinois Soccer League, Oregon Premier League, Southeast Pre-Academy League and Texas Pre-Academy League.
For more information, or if your club is interested in joining the New England Premier League, please contact US Club Soccer’s Director of Membership Services, John Borozzi, at email@example.com or (954) 509-1004.
The New England Premier League website will soon be available. In the meantime, please visit the NPL website at nationalpremierleagues.com.
US Club Soccer’s National Premier Leagues have been created to provide a national competitive developmental platform:
- focused on long-term player development;
- for the country’s top soccer clubs, allowing consistent, meaningful high-level games appropriately scheduled with higher training-to-game ratios;
- that allows players to be scouted and evaluated by U.S. Soccer National Staff and Technical Advisors;
- that is designed and structured by the clubs, based on the needs of the clubs;
- using international rules of competition;
- that provides an avenue for qualification for the NPL Champions Cup.
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.
- National Premier Leagues, as well as the best clubs, should be integrated in US Club Soccer’s id2 National Identification and Development Program, include Player Development Programs (PDPs) in select local markets, and work closely with U.S. Soccer staff regarding player identification, and player and coach development.
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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