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Pennsylvania Regional Club League to launch next season, joins NPL

By US Club Soccer, 06/02/20, 8:15AM EDT

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The National Premier Leagues is proud to welcome its newest member league, the Pennsylvania Regional Club League, with clubs spanning eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey. The league will offer two levels of play for 9-U through 19-U boys and girls teams with top divisions of 13-U and older age groups participating in the NPL pathway.

The Pennsylvania Regional Club League was created to form a regional environment focused on player development. A list of the founding clubs will be announced soon.

The youngest age groups – 9-U through 14-U – will play a 16-game season split between the fall and the spring, while the older NPL divisions play 12 games from November to May. Calendars are designed to include off weekends for tournament and showcase play.

APL Tournaments, a tournament provider in the Mid-Atlantic, is administering the league. “We are excited to offer a new league through US Club Soccer with a platform to a regional and national championships,” said Alex Kulp, APL’s Senior Tournament Director. “APL will now be able to provide clubs in our market a full set of offerings including tournaments, leagues and showcase events.”

As an NPL member league, the Pennsylvania Regional Club League enjoys a pathway to NPL postseason opportunities for both its boys and girls clubs. At the end of the 2020-21 regular season, top performing teams will advance to the 2021 NPL postseason to compete for ENPL national championships on the boys side and the NPL Finals on the girls side.

And as US Club Soccer members, the new league benefits from a plethora of resources and support. US Club Soccer’s mission is to foster the growth and development of soccer clubs throughout the country to create the best possible development environment for players of all ages in every club. The primary vehicle for accomplishing that ambition is Players First: a branded, holistic club soccer experience for parents and players which emphasizes the development of each individual to his or her full potential, and helps parents make better choices about where their children should play.

That Players First philosophy is supported by best-in-class partners and resources, including LaLiga, and is anchored by five pillars: Club Development, Coaching Development, Player Development, Parent Engagement & Education and Player Health & Safety. In particular, Player Health & Safety is the emphasis, as US Club Soccer prides itself on fostering the safest environment for players in youth sports. US Club Soccer has stringent requirements for all staff registration/eligibility and also provides a variety of safety-related resources and recommendations to members.

Membership questions about the Pennsylvania Regional Club League can be directed to Kulp at akulp@apltournaments.com or ALP Tournaments director John Hatt at jhatt@unitedsports.net.

ABOUT US CLUB SOCCER:

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.

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