CHARLESTON, S.C. (July 21, 2011) – US Club Soccer has announced that the inaugural National Premier Leagues (NPL) Champions Cup will take place July 27-30, 2012, in the Chicago area.
The event will be held at Waukegan Sports Park in Waukegan, Ill., where winners of each NPL will compete against each other for NPL national championships. The competition structure for the Champions Cup will be announced in the coming months.
The National Premier Leagues include many of the nation’s top clubs in geographically-based leagues, each of which is independently operated but linked with the others under the same technical guidelines, philosophies and structure.
The 2011-12 season will kick off in September and all the latest news and updates from each NPL can be found on nationalpremierleagues.com, the official NPL website, which was launched last week.
The NPL currently consists of nine leagues:
Winners of each National Premier League can be crowned either through regular-season competition or through a postseason playoff process, depending on the league and its specific structure.
A complete presentation on the vision, structure and future of the National Premier Leagues can be found on the NPL website. This presentation also includes an overview of the Player Development Programs created for each National Premier 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.
For more information on the NPL, as well as future plans for expansion, please contact the US Club Soccer Membership Services Representative in your area.
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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