NPL West prepares for inaugural season in Southern California

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Oct. 23, 2017) – The inaugural season for the NPL West, the newest NPL member league in Southern California, is about five months away, but that’s not stopping the league from gaining momentum towards the celebratory day.

NPL and NPL West officials unveiled branding elements of the league this week, including a website and logo.

Eight clubs make up the NPL West: Albion SC, Arsenal, FC Golden State, Irvine Strikers, LA Galaxy, Pateadores, Real So Cal and Surf. These nationally recognized clubs create a formidable NPL in the southern half of the state, which was granted ENPL qualification status earlier this year. The league includes four age groups: ’04, ’03, ’02 and ’01.

“Many top clubs have chosen to join this new NPL in Southern California to help bridge the gap between academy and club soccer by providing a consistent, competitive season throughout the spring,” said Jon Szczuka, Pateadores Senior Director of Coaching. “We are looking forward to exposing our players to further professional programming similar to what is provided within the USDA. Our ENPL program will be connected directly to our Pateadores Academy Program.”

“Real So Cal is excited about our membership in the new NPL,” added Alberto Bru, Real So Cal SC Club Director. “This gives our club teams and players a chance to have very good, consistent competition against top clubs in Southern California, while also having an opportunity to compete for a quality national championship.”

Qualifying teams will advance to the ENPL Playoffs in June 2018. These teams will earn qualification to the ENPL Playoffs based on their performances throughout the regular season.