ENPL National Finals returning to DICK’S Sporting Goods Park in Colorado
The 2020 Elite National Premier League (ENPL) National Finals will be held July 9-13 at DICK’S Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado.
The national championship features 14-U through 17-U boys qualifiers from the ENPL National Playoffs, which will be held June 25-July 1 at the same location. Competitors will have emerged from not only that challenging playoff event, but also from their top-level NPL and ECNL Boys Conference platforms throughout the country.
The top four 14-U teams from the ENPL National Playoffs advance to the ENPL National Finals, while the top eight from the 15-U, 16-U and 17-U age groups advance. The 13-U and 19-U ENPL national champions will be decided during the ENPL National Playoffs.
Participating teams do not play the full dates of the ENPL National Finals – or ENPL National Playoffs. There are staggered start and finish dates assigned to each age groups, and rest days are incorporated in the interest of US Club Soccer’s Player Health & Safety commitment.
The following chart shows the play dates – marked by Xs – for each age group, as well as the designated rest days.
The following graphics make it easy to follow along with the postseason pathways for each NPL or ECNL Boys Conference:
2020 ENPL National Playoffs slots have been assigned to qualifying leagues based off 2019 performances with consideration to leagues with teams that advanced to the 2019 ENPL National Playoff knockout rounds, 2019 ENPL National Finals and that earned national championships. The 2020 ENPL National Playoffs web page has an outline of slot allocations.
“The ENPL platform has come a long way in a short amount of time, and all the clubs and leagues deserve credit for making this such a competitive postseason pathway,” said Leo Garcia, US Club Soccer Vice President of Competitions. “We’ve tweaked the tournament format based on feedback from participants over the years, and we’re confident the 2020 ENPL National Playoffs and ENPL National Finals will be the best yet.”
This is the third year of a collaboration between US Club Soccer and the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL), which has effectively elevated the youth boys soccer landscape and provided top competition, development and identification opportunities to NPLs and ECNL Boys Conferences throughout the country.