CHARLESTON, S.C. (June 1, 2018) – The Red River NPL will grow in the 2018-19 season with the addition of Solar Soccer Club. As the 15th member club of Red River NPL, Solar SC will field a team in all age groups for both genders.
The Red River NPL features 13-U through 19-U boys and girls clubs, and is concluding its first season in the National Premier Leagues (NPL) this year.
“The Red River NPL is excited to welcome Solar SC to our league platform,” said Jim Tindell, League Director of Red River NPL. “A leading club like Solar SC brings innovative leadership, strong history and player development philosophies that will be a terrific complement to our current club members. This further supports our goals for the league with raising standards and becoming a primary platform and destination league for quality clubs in our region.”
Solar SC was founded in 1976 and is based in Texas. The club is well known for its national prowess on multiple stages. Here are the 15 competing clubs in the Red River NPL for the 2018-19 season:
- Arkansas United (Ark.)
- Arkansas Comets (Ark.)
- City FC (Texas)
- FC Wichita (Kansas)
- Fever United FC (Texas)
- Liverpool FC America (Texas)
- Mighty Bluebirds (Ark.)
- Oklahoma Celtic (Okla.)
- NEOFC (Okla.)
- NTX Celtic (Texas)
- Solar SC (Texas)
- South Lakes SC (Okla.)
- Sporting Arkansas (Ark.)
- TSC Hurricane (Okla.)
- West Side Alliance (Okla.)
Postseason pathways for the Red River NPL vary based on gender and age group. For the girls, league winners advance to the coveted, annual Girls NPL Finals. For the boys, 13-U and 14-U teams qualify to the National Cup Finals. In the older boys age groups, 15-U, 16-U and 17-U teams advance to the Boys Western NPL Finals, while the oldest age group qualifies to the 19-U Boys NPL Finals.
Outside of NPL programming, the Red River NPL has become well integrated into US Club Soccer programming, including: Players First offerings such as LaLiga Formation Methodology, PDPs and more.
This fall, Red River NPL hosted 76 players from 12 clubs in a PDP in Tulsa, Okla. In addition, Oklahoma Premier Clubs, the sanctioning body of the five Oklahoma-based Red River NPL clubs, recently hosted a LaLiga Formation Methodology Level 3 course, which educated 154 coaches across 19 clubs from 11 states.
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.