CLEVELAND, Ohio (Aug. 9, 2019) – The Great Lakes Alliance is about a week away from beginning its third season in the National Premier Leagues (NPL). The league boasts an expansive membership base of 250 teams from 52 clubs, spanning from Indiana, Ohio, western New York and western Pennsylvania.
In 2019-20, the Great Lakes Alliance NPL will feature 11-U through 19-U boys and girls teams. The younger age groups – 11-U through 14-U – kick off in the fall, while the older divisions begin after the high school season.
"We are eager to enter into our third season of competition, as the teams in the Great Lakes Alliance prepare to compete in this year's highly competitive league. The addition of such a dominant lineup of nationally-recognized clubs speaks to the excitement around the GLA NPL," said league co-director Margaret Balodis. "I am excited by the number of new clubs seeking out opportunities in the league and throughout the NPL.
Thirteen new clubs are joining the Great Lakes Alliance NPL this upcoming season:
On the girls side, the Great Lakes Alliance NPL competes for berths to the annual Girls NPL Finals, which includes 13-U through 19-U age groups. On the boys side of the competition, all NPL members are aiming for the ENPL National Playoffs – a precursor to the ENPL National Finals, where national titles are awarded. Stay tuned for details regarding 2019-20 NPL postseason pathways.
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