Eastern Development Programs First Division to become National Premier Leagues Division


Eastern Development Program’s First Division to become National Premier Leagues Division
CHARLESTON, S.C. (May 7, 2012) – US Club Soccer has announced that the Eastern Development Program (EDP) has become the newest addition to the organization’s National Premier Leagues (NPL), as the EDP’s First Division will become the NPL Division.
The EDP - NPL Division represents the highest level of the EDP with the age group winners advancing to the inaugural National Premier Leagues Champions Cup, to be held July 27-31 at Waukegan Sports Park in Waukegan, Ill.
The EDP - NPL Division will include the U-13 through U-17 boys age groups. The foundation of the EDP - NPL Division will be the league’s Core Clubs, a group which includes:

  • Beachside of Connecticut SC (Conn.)
  • Downtown United SC (N.Y.)
  • FC Copa (N.J.)
  • FSA United SC (Conn.)
  • Lehigh Valley United SC (Pa.)
  • Manhattan SC (N.Y.)
  • New York SC (N.Y.)
  • Penn Fusion Soccer Academy (Pa.)
  • Smithtown SC (N.Y.)
  • South Jersey Elite Barons (N.J.)
  • TSF Soccer Academy (N.J.)
“MSSL has a partnership with US Club Soccer that goes back to its inception,” said EDP Executive Director Bohdan Porytko. “US Club Soccer’s innovative thinking has enabled MSSL to provide important programming initiatives that we believe have served our only priority: player progression that promotes the development of the game in the U.S. We consulted with all our Core Club coaching directors and there was overwhelming support for this step.”
Within the EDP, a group of Core Clubs is the driving force for EDP programming. While competing with each other intensely, these clubs have many values that align with US Club Soccer’s Youth Club Standards. Both organizations are committed to "Best Practices" for developing young players to progress into successful careers on and off the field.
“The EDP includes a list of outstanding clubs overseen by some of the most respected youth coaching directors in the area,” said NPL General Manager Chris Baer. “We are excited to add them to the NPL structure and work more closely with them to change the soccer landscape."

For more information on the NPL, please contact NPL General Manager Chris Baer at cbaer@usclubsoccer.org or (614) 783-2237.  

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. 
The culminating event each year is the NPL Champions Cup, where national championships will be awarded. The NPL Champions Cup will feature qualifiers from every NPL across the country in a true “champions league” competition.
For a listing of all leagues and clubs within the NPL, please visit nationalpremierleagues.com. 

US Club Soccer is a non-profit organization committed to the development and support of soccer clubs and players in the United States. A National Association member of the U.S. Soccer Federation, US Club Soccer maximizes flexibility and offers youth and adult player and staff registration, integrated competition platforms at the recreational and competitive levels, as well as a variety of other programming, including the Olympic Development Program-sanctioned id2 Program and Player Development Programs.
Unique to US Club Soccer is the ability of member clubs to unite youth and adult programs within one organization, creating a “members for life” culture within each club.