For the second consecutive season, the Red River NPL will see an expansion with the addition of D'Feeters Kicks SC and KC Legends. Entering its third season in the NPL, the Red River NPL will host 13-U through 19-U competition for its member clubs.
"Acceptance into the Red River NPL for the Legends club is a tremendous step in the continued development of our players,” said Kyle Hogge, KC Legends Executive Director. “By linking increased competition with new player development and identification platforms, the NPL has created an environment that will elevate the overall experience for our players. This is a huge testament to the work of our coaches and players, and we couldn't be more excited to see everyone involved recognized for their efforts."
The league will be comprised of the following member clubs in 2019-20:
• Arkansas Comets FC
• Arkansas United SC
• City FC
• D'Feeters Kicks SC
• FC Dallas
• Fever United FC
• KC Legends
• Liverpool FC North Texas
• Mansfield Revolution SC
• NTX Celtic FC
• Oklahoma Celtic
• Real Arkansas
• Shreveport United SC
• Solar SC
• South Lakes Cosmos
• Sporting Arkansas
• Sting SC / Titans FC
• TSC Hurricane
• West Side Alliance SC
"We are excited to welcome a record number of such high-quality new and returning clubs for the upcoming year,” said Jim Tindell, TSC Hurricane Executive Director. “With the additional investment we have planned for PDPs and the focus on Players First initiatives, the Red River NPL platform will reach new heights and be our best year yet."
Red River NPL completes its 2018-19 season on May 18-19 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, culminating in the league playoffs where top teams in each division will square off. Playoff winners will be crowned league champions.
Red River NPL league champions’ postseason pathways 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 ENPL National Playoff, while the oldest age group qualifies to the ENPL 19-U Second Division Championship.
Admission into the Red River NPL caps off a monumental week for KC Legends, having recently been announced amongst the most recent class of clubs to be granted youth soccer’s “Good Housekeeping Seal,” the Players First club license. Through a rigorous application process, KC Legends proved their commitment to providing a holistic club soccer experience for parents and players.
Outside of NPL programming and Players First licensing, the Red River NPL has become well integrated into further US Club Soccer programming, including: Players First offerings such as, hosting Player Development Programs (PDPs), LaLiga Formation Methodology courses and more. Red River NPL member TSC Hurricane will host the annual Sam Shannon Showcase in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Nov. 23-24, featuring a round-robin college showcase format for 15-U through 19-U boys and girls divisions.
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.