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 US Club Soccer’s fundamental principles. The NPL extends developmental principals espoused by the U.S. Soccer Development Academy into younger age groups and additional clubs, providing a platform for long-term player development. More specifically, the NPL provides a 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.
As the largest national women's league in the world, the WPSL remains popular amongst high level players and coaches. The league has a diverse collection of teams that roster a unique mixture of players; top high school seniors preparing for college, athletes currently in college and graduates wishing to continue their competitive soccer careers.
United States Soccer Federation (USSF)
The United States Soccer Federation (also referred to as the USSF or U.S. Soccer) is the official governing body of the sport of soccer in the United States. Its headquarters are located in Chicago, Illinois. It is a member of FIFA and is responsible for governing amateur and professional soccer, including the menÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s, womenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s, youth, futsal and Paralympic national teams. U.S. Soccer is also responsible for sanctioning referees and soccer tournaments for most soccer leagues in the United States. For more information visit: www.ussoccer.com
United States Youth Soccer Association (USYSA or US Youth Soccer)
The United States Youth Soccer Association is the youth affiliate and largest member of U.S. Soccer, the governing body for soccer in the United States. US Youth Soccer includes 55 state youth soccer associations, one per state except for California, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas, which each have two state associations.
Over 3,000,000 youth players between ages 5-19 are registered with US Youth Soccer. The US Youth Soccer membership is divided into four regions, each with a Director elected to the board. The regions are essentially East (Region I), Midwest (Region II), South (Region III) and West (Region IV). FC Alliance is a member of the South (Region III). Each State Association has a Board of Directors, elected by delegates from their member leagues, clubs or teams. For more information visit: www.usyouthsoccer.org