Florida Premier League created as most recent addition to US Club Soccer’s National Premier Leagues
CHARLESTON, S.C. (May 10, 2011) – US Club Soccer has announced the creation of the Florida Premier League, the most recent addition to US Club Soccer’s National Premier Leagues (NPL), which are leagues throughout the country with the highest level of competition in a given area.
The Florida Premier League, which will include the U-13 through U-18 boys’ and girls’ age groups, is comprised of seven clubs:
• Brandon FC
• Central Florida Kraze/Krush
• Jacksonville United
• Space Coast United
• Tampa Bay United
• Team Boca
• West Pines United
The NPL now includes eight leagues across the country: the Florida Premier League, the Midwest Developmental League, the NorCal Premier League, the Northeast Pre-Academy League, the Northern Illinois Soccer League, the Oregon Premier League, the Southeast Pre-Academy League and the Texas Pre-Academy League.
“The creation of the Florida Premier League is another step in improving player development by creating more stable club and competition platforms for top players,” said Christian Lavers, US Club Soccer’s Executive Vice President. “Throughout the country, the NPL is bringing technical leaders of the youth game together to raise standards and create a more unified and improved player development model.”
“As it is a very fertile soccer market, we are pleased to take this step forward,” said Bill Sage, US Club Soccer’s Executive Director. “We also foresee expansion of the Florida Premier League in the future.”
Set to kick off in fall 2011, Florida Premier League participating teams will play each opponent home and away for a total of 12 games.
Florida Premier League champions, determined by points at the conclusion of the regular season, will compete at the inaugural National Premier Leagues Champions Cup in July 2012.
"We're extremely excited to be a founding member of the Florida Premier League,” said Eric Dade, Jacksonville United’s Director of Soccer Operations. “The league’s standards of improving the everyday training environment coupled with competing in more meaningful games will help more players from the state of Florida reach their fullest potential. By participating in the NPL I feel we can put the emphasis back on player development and remove the focus of forming teams each year just to win games."
“The opportunity for enhanced player development through meaningful games while at the same time building a club culture is exactly what we wanted,” said John Duguid, Director of Coaching at Space Coast United.
"The timing couldn't be better to create a league that caters to the full development of players in Florida,” said Hue Menzies, Executive Director of Central Florida Kraze/Krush. “This league brings more meaning to the word ‘club’ and not just a team within a club. This will force coaches and directors to be held accountable with the direction of US Club Soccer."
"We are very excited to be part of this progressive new league that US Club Soccer has brought to Florida,” said Bill D'Addio, Team Boca’s Director of Coaching. “All of the member clubs selected will now be able to offer the most competitive environment possible. Florida players everywhere are the real winners here."
For more information or if your club is interested in joining the Florida Premier League, please contact Membership Services Representative Kevin McGovern at email@example.com or (843) 492-0280.
About the National Premier Leagues (NPL):
The NPL offers a platform for long-term player development by providing consistent and meaningful games between the region’s top players and also provides opportunities for players to be scouted by U.S. Soccer national staff. Winners of each league within the NPL will qualify for US Club Soccer’s National Premier Leagues Champions Cup.
The NPL is an important component of US Club Soccer’s 10-year vision to refine the landscape for competitive youth soccer. The vision recognizes that:
• Properly-structured youth soccer clubs are the vehicle through which player development does and must occur in the United States.
• Clubs should play in leagues that provide meaningful games, allow establishment of the proper training-to-game ratio, and eliminate calendar congestion.
• National Premier Leagues, as well as the best clubs, should be integrated in US Club Soccer’s id2 national identification and development program, include Player Development Programs in select local markets, and work closely with U.S. Soccer staff regarding player identification, and player and coach development.
The Florida Premier LEague and NPL websites are currently under construction and will be launched shortly.
About US Club Soccer:
US Club Soccer is a non-profit organization whose mission is to develop competitive club soccer in the United States. A member of the United States Soccer Federation since July 2001, US Club Soccer has grown to include member clubs and leagues in all 50 states. In addition to sanctioning and administering tournaments, leagues and other competitions as well as offering a range of programs for its members, US Club Soccer annually conducts the National Cup. US Club Soccer also directs its own player identification and development program – id2.
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