US Club Soccer’s National Premier Leagues expands in Southern California with introduction of Pacific Developmental NPL
US Club Soccer has announced the creation of the Pacific Developmental NPL as the newest addition to the organization’s National Premier Leagues (NPL).
The NPL has been created to provide a unified, league-based national developmental platform with the highest level of competition in given geographic areas, and to elevate and change the competitive youth soccer landscape based upon fundamental principles outlined in US Club Soccer’s 10-year vision.
Set to kick off in fall 2012, the Pacific Developmental NPL will be administrated by the Southern California Developmental Soccer League (SCDSL) in conjunction with the SCDSL season. Nineteen member clubs from the SCDSL will initially comprise the Pacific Developmental NPL, which will include U-13 through U-17 boys and girls:
Pacific Developmental NPL participating teams will play a regular-season schedule with winning teams in each age group advancing to the 2013 NPL Champions Cup. The Pacific Developmental NPL will play half of its games in the fall and the remaining games in the spring, following the U.S. Soccer Development Academy and ECNL model for scheduling.
“The SCDSL is pleased to be joining with US Club Soccer in offering the Pacific Developmental NPL as a component of the SCDSL,” said league Operations Manager Michelle Romero. “The flexibility of the SCDSL structure allows us to offer the NPL program as an option to our member clubs and provides an added benefit of membership in the SCDSL with the top NPL teams representing the league in the 2013 NPL Champions Cup. Having the ability to play half of the games in the fall and half of the games in the spring allows us to balance the amount of games being played over the course of the year.”
“The addition of the Pacific Developmental NPL reflects the continued growth of the National Premier Leagues all across the United States,” said US Club Soccer Executive Director Bill Sage.