In less than two months, the NPL Finals, formerly known as the NPL Champions Cup, arrives in Greensboro, N.C. The NPL Finals is the targeted destination for all NPL teams throughout the year-long, league-based competition each season. This is Part 2 of a Web series leading up to the culminating event, July 10-14.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (May 13, 2014) – While 2014 is the first year it’s called the NPL Finals, the culminating event of year-long, league-based competition embarks on its third edition with its two previous versions referred to as the NPL Champions Cup.
Although this year’s NPL Finals will be a standalone event apart from the National Cup Finals, the core principles remain the same. Like in 2012 and 2013, national championships are at stake. Teams qualify based on regular season or league postseason results, whichever the qualifier is for their respective member leagues.
In 2012, the inaugural NPL Champions Cup awarded national titles to five teams in boys U-13, U-14, U-15, U-16 and U-18 age groups. Of those five finals matches, three were decided by 1-0 margins and one needed penalty kicks to crown a champion. The event was held at Waukegan Sports Park in suburban Chicago. Photos, video and additional details are available here.
The 2013 NPL Champions Cup shifted to Aurora Sports Park in suburban Denver. A total of 12 teams from 10 different clubs were rewarded for their season-long efforts with national championships in boys and girls U-13 through U-18 age divisions. Again, competition was close, as four finals games were decided by a lone goal and another in penalty kicks. Photos, video and additional details are available here.
This year’s NPL Finals shifts to Greensboro, N.C., at the Bryan Park Soccer Complex. For more information on the venue, please see Part 1 of this Web series. Group stage games precede semifinals and finals matches.
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