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Ages 10-18

The NPL is a national competition platform created to elevate and change the competitive youth soccer landscape by:

  • extending developmental principles espoused by U.S. Soccer into more age groups and clubs

  • linking competition with player development and identification platforms

  • providing meaningful weekly competition culminating in the NPL Finals

NPLs are leagues unified under one national competition platform and based on a common technical framework. 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 and eliminate calendar congestion

  • integrated with the id² Program, which includes Player Development Programs (PDPs) in select local markets, and that works closely with U.S. Soccer staff regarding player identification, and player and coach development

  • designed and structured by the clubs, based on the needs of the clubs

  • Great Lakes Alliance (GLA) champions will compete for an NPL National Championship against other conference champions.

For detailed information about the NPL and all its programs:

Kevin Dougherty

Girls Director of


James Fredrickson

Boys NPL Director

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