A Look Back: The inaugural NPL Champions Cup
May 16, 2013
Over the weeks leading up to the 2013 NPL Champions Cup, we will be taking a look at all aspects of the tournament through a multi-part Web series each Thursday.
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From July 18-22, champions of each of the 17 National Premier Leagues will gather at Aurora Sports Park in suburban Denver for the 2013 NPL Champions Cup, US Club Soccer's league-based national championship competition.
There, boys and girls teams in the U-13 through U-18 age groups will face off for national titles in a true "champions league" style competition, looking to build on the success of the inaugural event last summer, which featured U-13 through U-17/18 boys teams.
The 2012 NPL Champions Cup was held alongside the National Cup XI Finals from July 27-31 at Waukegan Sports Park outside Chicago, including 168 of the top teams from across the United States.
New Jersey Cup crowns champions after exciting final weekend
CHARLESTON, S.C. (May 14, 2013) – After a competitive weekend of semifinals and finals, 25 teams from 20 clubs emerged as champions of the 2013 New Jersey Cup, US Club Soccer’s state championship event for U-10 through U-18/19 boys and girls teams.
The finals, which were held at Mercer County Park in West Windsor, N.J., marked the end of the largest competition in the event’s nine-year history. A total of 835 teams participated, up from last year’s record of 762 and more than 12 times the size of the initial New Jersey Cup in 2005.
Champions from the U-13 through U-17 age groups will move on to one of the seven National Cup XII Regional events, which will be held from Memorial Day weekend through early July at sites across the country, where they will have a chance to book a place in the National Cup XII Finals July 18-21 in Aurora, Colo.