US Club Soccer crowns 10 NPL Finals champs as 2020-21 season concludes
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. – The 2021 National Premier Leagues Finals, held July 8-12 at DICK’S Sporting Goods Park, awarded 10 total championships across both NPL Girls Finals and NPL Boys Finals competitions.
The NPL Girls Finals included all ages from U-13 through U-19 competing for a national championship. The NPL Girls Finals represented the culminating event of a challenging 2020-21 season that featured qualifiers from regional NPLs throughout the country.
Meanwhile, the NPL Boys Finals served as the finale of a challenging, two-stage NPL postseason that began two weeks ago in both Colorado and South Carolina, with over 125 teams at the NPL National Playoff, which had all earned qualification to the prestigious tournament through successful regular seasons in their respective NPL league platforms.
Below is a list of winners from the NPL Girls and NPL Boys finals competitions:
NPL Boys Finals Champions
- U-14: South Carolina Surf (South Atlantic Premier League)
- U-15: Addison United (NISL)
- U-16: Southern Chester County SA Dragons (PRCL)
- U-17: Blitz United (Red River)
NPL Girls Finals Champions
- U-13: East County Surf (Southern California)
- U-14: AFC Lightning (South Atlantic Premier League)
- U-15: Club Ohio (Great Lakes Alliance)
- U-16: Louisiana Fire SC (Gulf States)
- U-17: Midwest Premier Academy (NISL)
- U-19: Cleveland Cobras SC (Great Lakes Alliance)
Overall, a total of seven NPL member leagues were represented. South Atlantic Premier League, Great Lakes Alliance and NISL were the only leagues to capture two divisions.
The display of championship matches in both NPL Girls and NPL Boys competitions were highly contested as seven of the 10 total finals were decided by one goal.
East County Surf 08G Select, AFC Lightning 07G, Louisiana Fire SC, and Midwest Premier Academy 04G clinched each of the their respective age group titles by a one-goal margin in NPL Girls Finals contests. Three of the NPL Boys Finals matches were decided by just a single score, with the exception of the U-14 NPL Boys Final, which finished 2-0 in favor of South Carolina Surf in a heated South Atlantic Premier League battle against Wake FC.
Preview of the U17 ECNL Girls National Finals.
NPL Finals champions will be crowned on Monday.
Teams from 12 clubs won regional titles.
The league has added two more member clubs.
They will compete in the U13-U19 Girls divisions.
US Club Soccer's id2 program will return in 2021.