CHARLESTON, S.C. (May 9, 2017) - As the 2017-18 season approaches, so does the highly anticipated Elite National Premier League (ENPL). The ENPL Playoffs offers two parallel and equivalent pathways through 16 qualifying NPLs and Boys ECNL Conferences.
The inaugural ENPL Playoffs will be held in summer 2018 with East and West Regionals in June before concluding with the ENPL National Championships in July, where the best 14-U through 18/19-U boys players in US Club Soccer will be awarded prestigious national titles.
Here is a region-by-region breakdown of the 16 qualifying competitions in alphabetical order:
- California – NorCal Premier, new NPL coming to Southern California
- Midwest – Boys ECNL Midwest Conference, Midwest Developmental League, Northern Illinois Soccer League
- Northeast – Boys ECNL Northeast Conference, Elite Development Program, New England Premiership, New York Club Soccer League
- Southeast – Boys ECNL Southeast Conference, Florida NPL, South Atlantic Premier League, Virginia NPL
- Southwest – Boys ECNL Southwest Conference
- Texas – Boys ECNL Texas Conference, United Soccer Clubs
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 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 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 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 soccer players through a systematic scouting and identification program based on national competitions; and (iii) improving the daily training environment at top 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.