We are excited to announce that we have joined US Club Soccer and the National Premier League starting this coming fall. The NPL league for our younger teams will continue to give us a good platform to develop our players to play at the highest level they can play.
For Girls, at our Under 14 - Under 18 age groups this will allow us to have 2 teams in every age group competing in a National league with one team competing in the ECNL and the other team in the NPL.
For Boys, at our Under 13 - Under 18 age groups, this will allow for us to have 1 team in every age group competing in a National League (NPL) as well as the same team or other teams participating in another National, Regional, or State League.
This will allow us to develop more players at a national level and give a platform to our NPL teams to get more exposure to colleges, regional and national scouts and a competitive playing structure that will challenge our teams in a very good way. We are excited to partner with Blackhawks, Arsenal, TSA, Del Sol, and CCV to create a competitive league locally that will qualify for National competitions . This partnership is a positive collaboration for Arizona soccer.
The NPL currently consists of 19 member leagues from all across the United States.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (March 15, 2016) - US Club Soccer and the National Premier Leagues (NPL) welcome the newly created Arizona NPL as part of a new regional alignment in the southwestern United States Beginning in fall 2016, qualifiers from the Ariona NPL will be part of a regional plaoff event against qualifiers from the Southern California NPL to determine NPL Finals berths.
The Arizona NPL will feature six clubs and U-11 through U-18 boys and girls teams. Teams will compete September through early November 2017, take a winter hiatus, and then finish their regular season schedules in March and April 2017. Arizona NPL member clubs are:
Arizona Arsenal (Gilbert) Scottsdale Blackhawks (Scottsdale)
CCV Stars (Peoria) Sereno SC (Phoenix)
SC Del Sol (Phoenix) Tucson Soccer Academy (Tucson)
"By adding the Arizona NPL into the region, the overall strength and competitiveness of the NPL in the southwest is greatly enhanced", NPL General Manager Leo Garcia said. "The playoff between these clubs and those from the Southern California NPL will be a great regional event with a big reward at the end by advancing to the NPL Finals".
The NPL Finals is the targeted destination for all NPL teams, where NPL National Champions are determined.
The Arizona NPL will host its first Player Development Program (PDP) event in November with top players earning invitations to the id² Training Camp in December in Casa Grande, Arizona.
In addition, U-15 through U-17 girls teams within the Arizona NPL are eligible to compete in the NPL Showcase, which will hold its third edition Dec. 31, 2016 - Jan. 2, 2017 in Florida.
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