CHARLESTON, S.C. (March 17, 2017) - Change is good. For the South Atlantic Premier League, change is really good.
The league, which became an NPL member in Fall 2012, has added several high-powered clubs in the past two seasons. The changes ensure fresh enthusiasm and collaboration within the club-based structure.
Now, with a dozen clubs spanning Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee, the South Atlantic Premier League welcomes the latest addition to its repertoire: Elite National Premier League (ENPL) status.
The South Atlantic Premier League joins the Virginia NPL and the Boys ECNL Southeast Conference as qualifiers in the southeast portion of the country.
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.
South Atlantic Premier League clubs are: 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.).
The ENPL is a collaboration between US Club Soccer and the ECNL to raise standards in youth boys soccer across the country.
Quotes from participating clubs:
- David Allred, Executive Director of Wake FC: “I think it’s a great platform of competition that will be a phenomenal development opportunity for the players. At the older age groups, it will really serve as a great showcase for players that want to play college soccer.”
- Kian Brownlee, Director of Coaching for United Soccer Academy-Mount Pleasant: “We are truly excited to be a part of the great league structure of the NPL. 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.”
- John Cirillo, Director of Soccer for Triangle United: “Going into our fifth year of NPL, Triangle United is excited about being a part of the South Atlantic Premier League once again. 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."
- Simon Davey, Director of Coaching for Southern Soccer Academy: “Having competed in NPL for the last three years, we feel that this exciting new development is the ideal program for our elite boys teams to compete at the regional level. The league will also give players great college exposure.”
- Iggy Moleka, Director of Soccer for United Futbol Academy: “United Futbol Academy is looking forward to a new season in the South Atlantic Premier League and to be a part of the ENPL. We believe that the league will provide a well-balanced schedule and good competition for our boys program. The NPL has been growing stronger every season, and we feel like our conference will provide a strong challenge, as well as good exposure to college coaches.”
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