US Club Soccer announces launch of Washington NPL
(Via US Club Soccer) – US Club Soccer has announced the creation of the Washington NPL beginning in 2017-18, which will provide quality regional and national club competition.
“As NPLs continue to elevate their standards, we are excited to welcome these Puget Sound Premier League clubs into the Washington NPL,” said Leo Garcia, NPL General Manager.
In 2018, Washington NPL champions advance to the NPL Finals, competing against top teams from around the country in a league-based national championship.
In 2019 and beyond, a Northwest NPL competition is in the works, which would feature Washington NPL regular season winners and potential new NPLs in Idaho and Oregon. This Northwest NPL playoff serves as a precursor to the NPL Finals.
“We are excited for our clubs to have the opportunity to compete in the NPL and to help raise the standards for competitive soccer in the Northwest,” said PSPL President Stanley Holmes.
As with other NPLs, the league will be evaluated for potential ENPL inclusion as a qualifying competition.
Currently, the Washington NPL projects to include top teams from these 19 clubs in 11-U through 18/19-U boys and girls age groups:
- Academy of Soccer Excellence
- Cascade FC
- Central WA Sounders
- Emerald City FC
- Franklin-Pierce Fury
- Highline Premier FC
- ISC Gunners
- Maple Valley Premier
- Mount Rainier FC
- Nortac Sparta
- OPS & Wenatchee Valley United
- RSA Elite
- Seattle Celtic
- Spokane Breakers
- Spokane Foxes
- TC United
- Tynecastle FC
- Washington East