CHARLESTON, S.C. (March 17, 2017) - The Elite National Premier League (ENPL) has announced an additional qualifying NPL member for the 2017-18 season in the southeast.
Qualifying 14-U to 19-U boys teams from the South Atlantic Premier League will advance to the ENPL Playoffs in June 2018. These teams will earn qualification to the ENPL Playoffs based on their performances throughout the regular season. This NPL now joins previously announced qualifiers in the Southeast (Virginia NPL and Boys ECNL Southeast Conference), Northeast, Midwest, Texas, Southwest and California.
By providing qualification paths for both team-based and club-based competitions, the ENPL will feature the best boys players in US Club Soccer. The regular season competition within each NPL and Boys ECNL Conference are unique and independently structured; however, consistent technical and competitive standards will apply, and all teams will be focusing on the same postseason destination: the ENPL Playoffs.
The South Atlantic Premier League includes 12 clubs: AFC Lightning (Ga.), Charlotte United FC (N.C.), Chattanooga FC (Tenn.), Discoveries SC (S.C.), FC Alliance (Tenn.), Lake Norman SC (N.C.), South Carolina United FC (S.C.), Southern Soccer Academy (Ga.), Triangle United Soccer Association (N.C.), United Futbol Academy (Ga.), USA Mount Pleasant (S.C.) and Wake FC (N.C.).
“We are truly excited to be a part of the great league structure of the NPL,” said Kian Brownlee, Director of Coaching for United Soccer Academy Mount Pleasant. “We are convinced that it will be the most consistent competitive environment in which our players will grow and our coaches can focus on their development and quality of play.”
“Going into our fifth year of NPL, Triangle United is excited about being a part of the South Atlantic Premier League once again,” added John Cirillo, Director of Soccer for Triangle United. “With the new clubs coming on board, as well as moving into the ENPL, the South Atlantic Premier League, in my opinion, is going to be a very strong league. We are looking forward to great competition for many years to come.”
The ENPL is a collaboration between US Club Soccer and the ECNL to raise standards in youth boys soccer across the country.
ABOUT US CLUB 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 development environment for players of all ages. Among US Club Soccer’s primary programming is the National Premier Leagues (NPL), a competitive nationwide platform for boys and girls consisting of 22 member leagues and more than 300 member clubs.
US Club Soccer offers youth and adult registration, league- and cup-based competition platforms at the recreational and competitive levels, and a variety of other programming and services. Anchored by Players First, US Club Soccer supports all facets of youth soccer through the five pillars of Players First: Club Development, Coaching Development, Player Development, Parent Engagement & Education and Player Health & Safety. Other programming elements include the id² Program and Player Development Program, and the National Cup.
US Club Soccer is sponsored by Nike and is supported by LaLiga through a technical partnership.
The Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) was founded in 2009 to enhance the developmental experience of female youth soccer players in the United States through: (i) Improving the competitive environment through creation of a true national competitive league; (ii) Improving the process for identifying elite female soccer players through a systematic scouting and identification program based on national competitions; and (iii) improving the daily training environment at top female youth soccer clubs through developing best practices and training and organizational guidelines for its member clubs. The ECNL is sanctioned by US Club Soccer and is sponsored by Nike Soccer.