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BSC Accepted to National Premier League

By BSC Staff, 07/26/18, 3:45PM CDT

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What is the NPL?

The National Premier League (NPL) was 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, by linking competition with player development and identification platforms, and by providing meaningful weekly competition culminating in the NPL Finals.

NPLs are independent leagues, unified under one national competition platform, and based on a common technical framework designed to improve long-term player development. 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;
  • that allows players to be scouted and evaluated by U.S. Soccer National Staff and Technical Advisors;
  • that is designed and structured by the clubs, based on the needs of the clubs

What are the Goals of the NPL?

  • Provide TCSL clubs hyper-competitive environment for the top eight girls teams in the Twin Cities at each age group (13U, 14U, 15U, 16U, 17U, 18/19U), based on applications;
  • Provide additional PDP & id2 exposure and opportunities;
  • League winners earn advancement to NPL Finals to compete against other like clubs (2018 qualifying NPLs are here, for reference);
  • Leverage NPL partnerships with Showcase events, such as Jefferson Cup & Surf Cup (please note: NPL teams will get preferential treatment in terms of admission to these events. However, resumes are still required, and admittance is not guaranteed)

What will my NPL Season Look Like?

  • NPL sits on top of the existing TCSL structure and is not meant to replace traditional League schedules (Fall, 6-match schedule; Summer, 10-match schedule)
  • Non-NPL teams still have option to play traditional Winter League (6-match) schedule
  • Schedule runs December 15-mid June
  • Strong guidance: 2 matches in before April 1