CHARLESTON, S.C. (June 22, 2012) – The schedule has been announced for the Midwest Developmental League Playoffs, which will be held July 6-8 at Libertyville Township Soccer Complex in Libertyville, Ill. The event will include the top teams in the U-13, U-14, U-15, U-16, and U-18 age groups.
Midwest Developmental League champions in the U-13 through U-17 age groups will advance to the 2012 National Premier Leagues (NPL) Champions Cup, slated for July 27-31 at Waukegan Sports Park in Waukegan, Ill. A list of teams participating in the NPL Champions Cup is available here.
The Chicago Fire are represented with two No. 1 seeds - in the U-14 and U-17/18 divisions, and are also the only club to have a team competing in all five brackets. St. Louis Scott Gallagher and Sporting KC each have four teams in the playoffs.
The top three teams in the Great Lakes Division and Erie Division automatically qualified for the Midwest Developmental League Playoffs. The next two teams, based on points per game, from either division also qualified as wildcard berths. Quarterfinal games will be held on Friday, semifinals on Saturday and championship games will be on Sunday.
In conjunction with the Midwest Developmental League Playoffs, US Club Soccer will also be hosting a Player Development Program (PDP) event for the top 1999 and 2000 boys that are not participating in the playoffs. The PDP event will take place on Sat., July 7, with a morning session and afternoon session, scouted by U.S. Soccer technical staff and US Club Soccer id2 Program staff. Players identified through the PDP event will be considered for inclusion into U.S. Soccer National Team programming as well as US Club Soccer’s id2 Program Training Camps.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL PREMIER LEAGUES:
US Club Soccer’s National Premier Leagues have been created to provide a national competitive developmental platform:
- focused on long-term player development;
- for the country’s top soccer clubs, allowing consistent, meaningful high-level games appropriately scheduled with higher training-to-game ratios;
- that allows players to be scouted and evaluated by U.S. Soccer National Staff and Technical Advisors;
- that is designed and structured by the clubs, based on the needs of the clubs;
- using international rules of competition;
- that provides an avenue for qualification for the NPL Champions Cup.
The NPL is an important component of US Club Soccer’s 10-year vision to refine the landscape for competitive youth soccer. This vision recognizes that:
- properly-structured youth soccer clubs are the vehicle through which player development does and must occur in the United States.
- clubs should play in leagues that provide meaningful games, allow establishment of the proper training-to-game ratio, and eliminate calendar congestion.
- National Premier Leagues, as well as the best clubs, should be integrated in US Club Soccer’s id2 National Identification and Development Program, include Player Development Programs (PDPs) in select local markets, and work closely with U.S. Soccer staff regarding player identification, and player and coach development.
The culminating event each year is the NPL Champions Cup, where national championships will be awarded. The NPL Champions Cup will feature qualifiers from every NPL across the country in a true “champions league” competition.
For a listing of all leagues and clubs within the NPL, please visit nationalpremierleagues.com.
US Club Soccer is a non-profit organization committed to the development and support of soccer clubs and players in the United States. A National Association member of the U.S. Soccer Federation, US Club Soccer maximizes flexibility and offers youth and adult player and staff registration, integrated competition platforms at the recreational and competitive levels, as well as a variety of other programming, including the Olympic Development Program-sanctioned id2 Program and Player Development Programs.
Unique to US Club Soccer is the ability of member clubs to unite youth and adult programs within one organization, creating a “members for life” culture within each club.