Midwest Developmental League announces girls clubs for 2013-14 season

Midwest Developmental League announces girls clubs for 2013-14 season
CHARLESTON, S.C. (June 10, 2013) – The Midwest Developmental League, part of US Club Soccer’s National Premier Leagues (NPL) platform, has announced the participating clubs and structure of the girls’ division for the 2013-14 season.
Beginning in the fall of 2013, the girls’ division will include a total of eight clubs:
  • Alliance Academy (Mich.)
  • Sockers FC - Chicago (Ill.)
  • Eclipse Select (Ill.)
  • Sporting Blue Valley (Kan.)
  • Michigan Hawks (Mich.)
  • St. Louis Scott Gallagher – Illinois (Ill.)
  • Omaha Elite Girls Academy (Neb.)
  • St. Louis Scott Gallagher – Missouri (Mo.)
The Midwest Developmental League girls’ division will include the U-13 through U-18 age groups. Teams in the U-13 and U-14 divisions will play a 14-game schedule split between the fall and spring while U-15 through U-18 squads will play seven games in the fall.
Winners of the Midwest Developmental League girls’ division will join their male counterparts in qualifying for the NPL Champions Cup, US Club Soccer’s league-based national championship competition featuring champions from NPLs all across the country. Additional competition opportunities exist for NPL clubs in the form of cup events, including US Club Soccer’s National Cup, or the recently announced NPL National Showcase.
“The Michigan Hawks are very excited to be a part of the Midwest Developmental League this coming year,” said Doug Landefeld, Director of Coaching at Michigan Hawks. “We feel the league will provide our teams with a very competitive schedule and, with success, a path to the NPL Champions Cup. Additionally, it provides our top players access to US Club Soccer’s id2 Program scouting and PDPs.”
The league is scheduled to host a pair of Player Development Programs (PDPs) for girls during the 2013-14 season, which are regional identification and development programs conducted within the id2 Program with invitations based primarily upon scouting within the hosting NPL.
“I feel that the quality of teams along with the overall vision of the NPL will provide our players the opportunity for growth and will give our teams the competitive games they need against the region’s best teams,” said Elite Girls Academy Technical Director Marcus Kelcher. “As a club we are looking forward to the 2013-14 season and the opportunity to take part in PDPs and the NPL Champions Cup." 
The boys’ division will determine its entrants into the 2013 NPL Champions Cup June 29 to July 1 at the 2013 Midwest Developmental League Playoffs. Winning teams at the event will advance to the 2013 NPL Champions Cup, which will be held July 18-22 in Aurora, Colo.

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