CHARLESTON, S.C. (Aug. 21, 2018) - Eleven clubs in Minnesota have formed the newest member league of the National Premier Leagues: Minnesota Girls NPL. Competition begins in mid-December and will feature 13-U through 19-U age groups. Clubs and teams were accepted via an open application process.
The 2018-19 member clubs are:
- Blaine SC
- Eclipse Select MN
- Eden Prairie SC
- Edina SC
- Fusion SC
- Minnesota Thunder Academy
- North Suburban Soccer Association
- Salvo SC
- St. Croix SC
- Tonka United
- White Bear SC
"We are excited to commence a Minnesota Girls NPL beginning this winter with winners advancing to the NPL Finals,” said Matt Tiano, President of the Twin Cities Soccer Leagues (TCSL). “The league encompasses TCSL, NPL and US Club Soccer values: director collaboration, appropriate training-to-match ratios and a club-based platform for development. We look forward to seeing Minnesota clubs and teams compete on the national scene."
The Minnesota Girls NPL represents a high level of competitive league play within Twin Cities Soccer League. TCSL includes more than 850 teams in 8-U through 19-U boys and girls age groups, and was officially welcomed into the US Club Soccer family last year.
Entering its eighth season, the NPL continues to achieve its initial goal of elevating the youth soccer landscape. This is accomplished by linking competition with player development and identification platforms, and culminating that meaningful competition with postseason opportunities.
“For more than a year, we’ve seen the high levels of play from Twin Cities Soccer Leagues clubs and its pathways to national US Club Soccer programming,” said Leo Garcia, NPL General Manager and US Club Soccer Vice President of Competitions. “There’s no doubt these Minnesotan girls deserve to play at the next level, and we’re proud that the NPL will play a role in their development.”
In addition to the plethora of benefits espoused by the NPL, the Minnesota Girls NPL and its member clubs will receive other advantages of US Club Soccer membership.
US Club Soccer’s mission is to foster the growth and development of soccer clubs throughout the country to create the best possible development environment for players of all ages in every club. The primary vehicle for accomplishing that ambition is Players First: a branded, holistic club soccer experience for parents and players which emphasizes the development of each individual to his or her full potential, and helps parents make better choices about where their children should play.
That Players First philosophy is supported by 13 partners and resources, including LaLiga, and is anchored by five pillars:
- Club Development
- Coaching Development
- Player Development
- Parent Engagement & Education
- Player Health & Safety
In particular, Player Health & Safety is the emphasis, as US Club Soccer prides itself on fostering the safest environment for players in youth sports. US Club Soccer has implemented best-in-class background checks, as part of its background screening process for all registered staff. The effort coincides with a requirement for those registered staff to complete a Sideline Sports Doc/US Club Soccer online injury recognition course, as well as SafeSport online training.
ABOUT US CLUB SOCCER:
A National Association member of the U.S. Soccer Federation, US Club Soccer fosters the growth and development of soccer clubs in order to create the best possible environment for players of all ages.
Anchored by Players First and its five pillars of Club Development, Coaching Development, Player Development, Parent Engagement & Education and Player Health & Safety, US Club Soccer offers registration, league- and cup-based competition platforms, player identification and a variety of other programming, resources and services.
US Club Soccer is sponsored by Nike and supported by LaLiga through a technical partnership.