Washington State Premier League becomes latest addition to US Club Soccers National Premier Leagues with Fall 2012 kickoff

CHARLESTON, S.C. (April 23, 2012) – Set to kick off in Fall 2012, US Club Soccer has announced that the Washington State Premier League has become the newest addition to the organization’s National Premier Leagues (NPL).

The NPL has been created to provide a unified, league-based national developmental platform with the highest level of competition in given geographic areas, and to elevate and change the competitive youth soccer landscape based upon fundamental principles outlined in US Club Soccer’s 10-year vision.

The Washington State Premier League will be managed by the Puget Sound Premier League (PSPL), the fastest-growing soccer league in the state of Washington. The PSPL is also one of the largest competitive soccer leagues in the Northwest, with 59 clubs and nearly 700 teams participating in 2011.

Fourteen PSPL clubs will initially form the Washington State Premier League, which will include U-13 through U-18 boys and girls. Clubs outside the PSPL and smaller clubs within the league will be able to apply for admittance, provided they meet the Washington State Premier League standards and requirements.

A list of Washington State Premier League clubs follows:

  • Academy of Soccer Excellence
  • Cascade FC
  • Cobras
  • Emerald City FC
  • FC Crush
  • Issaquah Soccer Club/Gunners
  • Maple Valley Premier
  • Mount Rainier Futbol Club
  • SoccerEdge Academy
  • South Hill Revolution
  • Spokane Foxes
  • Tynecastle FC
  • Wenatchee Fire
  • Xifa

The Washington State Premier League will represent the highest level in the PSPL, replacing the Super League. Washington State Premier League teams will play a 12-game regular-season schedule. Winners of the Washington Premier League will qualify for the second annual NPL Champions Cup.

“The PSPL has numerous competitive clubs that are doing a fantastic job developing players, and the NPL is a great opportunity to showcase these quality organizations,” said PSPL Executive Director Stanley Holmes. “One of our missions is to help clubs in Washington develop players at the highest level and offer them the chance to play on a national stage.”

"This creation of the Washington State Premier League is very exciting news for the NPL,” said NPL General Manager Chris Baer. “The state of Washington has had a long history of producing high-level soccer talent on both the boys and girls side of the game and we look forward to working closely with the clubs in the state to continue to raise the level of club soccer."

For more information on the Washington State Premier League and the PSPL, please contact Stanley Holmes at president@pugetsoundpremierleague.com or (800) 531-7889. For more information on the NPL, please contact NPL General Manager Chris Baer at cbaer@usclubsoccer.org or (614) 783-2237.


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.


ABOUT US CLUB SOCCER:

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.


ABOUT THE PUGET SOUND PREMIER LEAGUE:

The Puget Sound Premier League is a non-profit organization that aims to develop competitive soccer in Washington. Sanctioned by US Club Soccer, the PSPL offers a wide range of competitive divisions for U-11 to U-18 as well as U-8 to U-10 development leagues. The PSPL promotes coaching education, emphasizes player development and supports open and diverse competition. The PSPL hosts the Washington Cup, an annual statewide competition for U-11 to U-19 teams, invitational tournaments and the Pacific Coast Super Cup, a regional college showcase invitational for U-13 to U-19 teams. The PSPL is also a founding partner of the Pacific Coast Super Cup, Northwest Coaching Summit and the Northwest Champions League. www.pugetsoundpremierleague.com.

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