The National Premier Leagues (NPL) continues to grow, as it welcomes the third newest member league for the 2020-21 season: the Yellowstone Premier League with clubs spanning Idaho, Montana and Utah.
While the Yellowstone Premier League expects to add more club-based and team-based members, here are the founding clubs:
The inaugural season offers competitive opportunities for 11-U through 19-U boys and girls teams with top divisions of 13-U and older age groups participating in the NPL pathway. The Yellowstone Premier League is administered by International Elite Program (IEP) Soccer.
“We are excited to have connected with a fantastic group of like-minded club leaders in this region,” said Mayowa Owolabi, IEP Soccer founder. “These leaders are forward-thinking and are truly committed to collaborating on and off the field to help grow the game. From the first conversations, myself and these directors all knew this was something the area needed, so we are excited to be able to kick off during these unprecedented times.”
The youngest age groups – 11-U through 14-U – will play a 12-game season split between the fall and the spring, while the older NPL divisions play nine games from January to March. The Yellowstone Premier League has developed an event-based calendars to limit the amount of travel and to centralize key match days for maximum exposure for players, families, coaches and scouts.
“The Yellowstone Premier League adds geographical diversity to the nationwide NPL map,” said Leo Garcia, NPL General Manager and US Club Soccer VP of Competitions. “We’re excited to welcome these clubs, and we know they’re bringing skills and enthusiasm to the entire NPL.”
As an NPL member league, the Yellowstone Premier League enjoys a pathway to postseason opportunities for both its boys and girls clubs. In addition to postseason opportunities, members of the new league also gain access to a plethora of US Club Soccer benefits, including: player identification and development, cup-based competition, player health and safety resources, robust coaching education and more.
US Club Soccer’s mission is to foster the growth and development of soccer clubs throughout the country to create the best possible development environment for players of all ages in every club. The primary vehicle for accomplishing that ambition is Players First: 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.
That Players First philosophy is supported by best-in-class partners and resources, including LaLiga, and is anchored by five pillars: Club Development, Coaching Development, Player Development, Parent Engagement & Education, and Player Health & Safety. In particular, Player Health & Safety is the emphasis, as US Club Soccer prides itself on fostering the safest environment for players in youth sports. US Club Soccer has stringent requirements for all staff registration/eligibility and also provides a variety of safety-related resources to members.
Clubs and teams interested in joining the Yellowstone Premier League are encouraged to contact Owolabi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Quotes from founding member clubs:
Yellowstone Premier League (YPL) is an organization created to provide sporting activities and opportunities for young people, regardless of race, religion, or economic status, in urban communities. Yellowstone Premier League will design and implement youth soccer programs with academic and social standards that will develop young people into well-rounded members of our community.
The mission of the Yellowstone Premier League is to provide a constant learning environment that develops soccer players from ages 5-20+ to their fullest athletic, educational, and social potential regardless of gender, physical abilities, or background. This will be accomplished by providing holistic instruction and competitive opportunities that enhance character, sense of team, community, and passion for the game of soccer.
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.