Regional NPL Crossover Cup kicks off featuring New York Club Soccer League & New England Premier League
CHARLESTON, S.C. (May 15, 2015) – NPL girls clubs from the New York Club Soccer League (NYCSL) and the New England Premier League competed this past weekend in the preliminary rounds of the regional NPL Crossover Cup competition, featuring U-14 through U-17 teams.
The field has been narrowed from 64 teams to 16, each of which are now preparing to compete in the semifinals and finals, June 13-14 in Long Island, N.Y. NPL Crossover Cup champions will qualify to the NPL Finals, slated for July 9-13 at Grand Park in Westfield, Ind.
Preliminary-round matches, hosted by the New England Premier League at Progin Park in Lancaster, Mass., featured some of the best teams in the northeast, all under the watchful eyes of numerous collegiate coaches and scouts.
“It was a pleasure working with the NYCSL and its clubs in preparation for this event,” New England Premier League President Sean Carey said. “Both leagues are clearly focused on providing the optimal playing experiences for their players, teams and clubs. This past weekend's event showcased the positive power of collaboration when both groups share a common goal.”
NYCSL President Gary Grossman echoed Carey’s sentiments. “This environment was absolutely awesome. It gave competitive teams and clubs the opportunity to compete for meaningful advancement in the presence of NCAA women's college soccer coaches and in an environment set by like-minded soccer professionals,” Grossman said. “The parity between the leagues was excellent, with each NPL each having eight out of 16 teams advance to the NPL Crossover Cup semifinals and finals.”
Additional comments & reaction:
- Ron Alber, ISA founder and director: “This was a tremendous experience for our players, because it had the excitement of competing for advancement, showcasing in front of NCAA women's soccer college coaches, and also a strong level of camaraderie amongst soccer professionals from all of the attending clubs.”
- Chris Hamblin, NEFC director: “The New England Premier League and NYCSL-NPL provide league-based competition for their member clubs that is both competitive and localized. As an extension of these leagues, the NPL Crossover Cup provided seeded, meaningful and competitive games against out-of-region opponents."
ABOUT US CLUB SOCCER:
A National Association member of the U.S. Soccer Federation, US Club Soccer is an organization committed to the development and support of soccer clubs in the United States.
US Club Soccer offers youth and adult registration, league- and cup-based 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.
Through US Club Soccer, all of a club’s programs – recreational, competitive and adult – are able to be united under one organizational umbrella, creating a “members for life” culture within each club. US Club Soccer is sponsored by Nike.