US Club Soccers National Premier Leagues (NPL) welcomes Virginia NPL as newest member

CHARLESTON, S.C. (April 10, 2014) – US Club Soccer and the National Premier Leagues (NPL) welcome the Virginia NPL as the newest member beginning in the 2014-15 season. The Virginia NPL will feature U-13 through U-18 boys and girls teams.

The 11 clubs that will comprise the Virginia NPL are:

 

Annandale Boys and Girls Club

Churchland SC

Richmond Kickers

Arlington Soccer Association

FC Virginia

Richmond Strikers

Chesapeake United SC

Northern Virginia SC

Virginia Rush

Chesterfield United SC

Prince William Soccer Inc.

 

“By adding the Virginia NPL, the NPL increases its competitive presence in the East,” NPL General Manager Chris Baer said. “We look forward to the successes of this new league’s clubs and players.”

Like the other 17 member leagues, the Virginia NPL will provide an opportunity for its age group winners to advance to the year-end NPL Finals, the targeted destination for all NPL teams, where NPL national champions are determined. Regular-season standings determine each age group’s champion.

The Virginia NPL’s member clubs also will be eligible to compete in the NPL Showcase, which held its first edition in March in suburban Las Vegas.

"The Richmond Strikers are very excited for the creation of the Virginia NPL,” Jay Howell, Richmond Strikers Executive Director, said. “The collaborative and inclusive culture of US Club Soccer and within the Virginia NPL will offer a tremendous platform for league competition, coaching education initiatives and innovative player development programs."

"Prince William Courage is proud to be part of the expansion of the NPL in Virginia,” Mike Cullina, PWSI Technical Director, said. “I was fortunate to be part of the Midwest Development League while in Ohio and fully support the vision of US Club Soccer in the expansion of the league here in Virginia. Club-based programming is an important component to PWSI’s player development model.”

The Virginia NPL is set to host Player Development Program (PDP) events in the fall of 2014.

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