CHARLESTON, S.C. (Oct. 3, 2013) – US Club Soccer has announced that the 2014 NPL Finals will be held July 10-14 at Bryan Park Soccer Complex in Greensboro, N.C.
The NPL Finals – formerly known as the NPL Champions Cup – features the champions of all 18 NPLs across the United States in the U-13 through U-18 boys and girls age groups. Teams will play several group games before advancing to knock-out rounds to determine the NPL national champion in every age group.
One of the most prestigious championships in the country, the NPL Finals is the targeted destination for all NPL teams throughout the year-long, league-based competition each season.
Bryan Park Soccer Complex is an impressive competition venue featuring 17 Bermudagrass fields and the 2,000-seat MacPherson Stadium.
“Playing at Bryan Park Soccer Complex is an excellent reward to those teams who competed so well over the course of the year during the NPL season,” said NPL General Manager Chris Baer.
For the first time, the NPL Finals will be a stand-alone event in 2014. The 2012 and 2013 events were held alongside the National Cup Finals, the culminating event of US Club Soccer’s cup-based national championship competition. The National Cup XIII dates and locations will be announced in the coming weeks.
The inaugural NPL Champions Cup took place in July 2012 at Waukegan Sports Park outside Chicago, where five boys teams were crowned champions. Twelve teams – six boys and six girls – earned national championships at the 2013 event, held July 18-22 at Aurora Sports Park in suburban Denver.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL PREMIER LEAGUES (NPL):
The NPL was created to elevate and change the competitive youth soccer landscape by extending developmental principles espoused by U.S. Soccer into more age groups and clubs, by linking competition with player development and identification platforms, and by providing meaningful weekly competition culminating in the NPL Finals.
The NPL consists of 18 independent leagues (map), unified under one national competition platform, and based on a common technical framework designed to improve long-term player development.
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