National premier leagues (npl)
About the npl
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
- That provides an avenue for qualification for the NPL Finals and Elite National Premier League
The NPL Finals features the champions of NPLs across the United States among 13-U through 18/19-U girls age groups. Teams play group games before advancing to knock-out rounds to determine the NPL champion in every age group. On the boys side, competitors qualify to the annual Elite National Premier League (ENPL) postseason in 13-U through 18/19-U age groups among other NPL and ECNL Boys qualifiers.