National Premier League (NPL)

What is the National Premier League?

The NPL is a national competition platform created to elevate and change the competitive youth soccer landscape by:

  • extending developmental principles espoused by U.S. Soccer into more age groups and clubs
  • linking competition with player development and identification platforms
  • providing meaningful weekly competition culminating in the NPL Finals

NPLs are leagues unified under one national competition platform and based on a common technical framework. More specifically, the NPL provides a platform:

  • focused on long-term player development
  • for the country’s top soccer clubs, allowing consistent, meaningful high-level games appropriately scheduled with higher training-to-game ratios and eliminate calendar congestion
  • integrated with the id² Program, which includes Player Development Programs (PDPs) in select local markets, and that works closely with U.S. Soccer staff regarding player identification, and player and coach development
  • designed and structured by the clubs, based on the needs of the clubs
  • that provides an avenue for qualification for the NPL Finals and Elite National Premier League

NPL 2021/22 Clubs

The NPL comprises of Elite clubs from across four states. Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Tennessee all make up one of the most competitive youth league environments in the region.

Within this group of clubs all share a common goal of elevating youth soccer standards (on and off the field) and providing the highest of development environments for players to grow and progress.

Five have (or associated with) USL teams
have US Soccer Development Academies
Three have (or associated with) Womens Premier Soccer League (WPSL)

Within the clubs there are also three current National Champions at various age groups competing within the NPL leagues.

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