(via Carolina's Premier League)
Carolina’s Premier League (CPL) began in the fall 2018 season. The league has recently announced its unique partnership with the Southern Clubs Champions League (SCCL) for players aged 13-U through 19-U starting Fall 2019. In addition to these exciting developments, the CPL is also delighted it has expanded to offer 8-U through 12-U Divisions in another part of the Carolina’s to be branded at the CPL Central Division.
The expansion of the league will see clubs form a 8-U through 12-U league to provide all levels of soccer in a more geographic and player-centric form. The expansion will also mean that crossover weekends can be arranged into the calendar to offer a great game experience for all levels of play.
The clubs involved in the CPL Central Division for the 2019-20 season are:
The CPL is built with a long-term player development focus, as its youngest age groups – 8-U through 10-U – compete in a 7v7 format, and the older age groups – 11-U and 12-U – play 9v9. This gives players more touches on the ball. The CPL is also partnered with the SCCL to provide and Elite Club vs. Club format and regional play for 13-U through 19-U.
The clubs within the Central Division will join the club playing in the CPL South for the 2019-20 season, who are:
Similar to US Club Soccer’s mission of fostering the growth and development of clubs throughout the country, the CPL's philosophy is to provide the optimal environment for player development at the club level. This is accomplished through all the clubs' Directors of Coaching consistently working together towards that goal for the benefits of players and their families.
“It has been a remarkable experience collaborating with the top clubs in South Carolina throughout the first season of the CPL,” said Sean Carey, League Director of the CPL. "The Carolina’s Premier League will build on the many successful elements of our U8-U12 programming and implement best practice experience into our upcoming U13-U18 programming. The level of professionalism demonstrated by the member clubs of the CPL has remained impressive throughout the first year together. We will continue to provide players, teams and clubs the best playing environment possible on the field support by continued cooperation and organization off the field.”
CPL clubs receive a wide array of benefits as part of its US Club Soccer membership. This includes Players First, which is a branded, holistic club soccer experience for parents and players, which emphasizes the development of each individual to his or her full potential, and helps parents make better choices about where their children should play. Players First is built on five pillars:
CPL members will also enjoy exposure to Player Development Programs (PDPs) and the id² Program. These programs help provide identification and development to the entire country, including traditionally underserved regions.
Quote from CPL Central participating clubs:
A National Association member of the U.S. Soccer Federation, US Club Soccer fosters the growth and development of soccer clubs in order to create the best possible environment for players of all ages.
Anchored by Players First and its five pillars of Club Development, Coaching Development, Player Development, Parent Engagement & Education and Player Health & Safety, US Club Soccer offers registration, league- and cup-based competition platforms, player identification and a variety of other programming, resources and services.
US Club Soccer is sponsored by Nike and supported by LaLiga through a technical partnership.