US Club Soccer – a prominent member of the U.S. Soccer Federation and the leading organization developing soccer clubs across America – is proud to welcome the East Coast NPL, a new league member of the National Premier Leagues (NPL) beginning in Fall 2018.
Eight clubs have initiated the inaugural East Coast NPL, with additional club announcements forthcoming. They include:
FC Copa (Metuchen, N.J.)
FCUSA (Cedar Knolls, N.J.)
Ironbound SC (Newark, N.J.)
Manhattan SC (New York, N.Y.)
PDA Hibernia (Zarephath, N.J.)
PSA Wildcats (Princeton, N.J.)
STA (Morris Plains, N.J.)
TSF Academy (Wayne, N.J.)
The East Coast NPL is the top level of the new East Coast Soccer League, offering both club-based and team-based competition with regional and national pathways. These eight clubs comprise the backbone of the existing NPL in the region. The East Coast NPL is eligible for Elite National Premier League (ENPL) qualification pathways in its inaugural season.
“These clubs, which we’ve worked alongside for years, are getting an opportunity to help shape the foundation of an NPL member league that already has a lot to offer,” says Leo Garcia, US Club Soccer Vice President of Competitions and NPL General Manager. “Beyond the strength of the NPL’s club-based model, these clubs have a pathway to the ENPL, exposure to id2 and PDPs, benefits of Players First and our Player Health & Safety initiatives and more.”
The formation of the East Coast NPL is another example of US Club Soccer’s continued commitment to its members in the Northeast. That commitment – lead by a Players First philosophy – results in an optimal environment of quality competition and player development and identification.
Players First is a branded, holistic club soccer experience for parents and players which emphasizes the development of each individual to his or her full potential, and helps parents make better choices about where their children should play. Players First is anchored by five pillars:
Parent Engagement & Education
Player Health & Safety
US Club Soccer has been consistent that Player Health & Safety is US Club Soccer’s “first and most important responsibility.” That commitment has been demonstrated through various initiatives and Players First partnerships, including 11+, Fit for 90, Player’s Health and Sideline Sports Doc.
About US Club Soccer: A National Association member of the U.S. Soccer Federation, US Club Soccer fosters the growth and development of soccer clubs in order to create the best possible development environment for players of all ages. Anchored by Players First and its five pillars of Club Development, Coaching Development, Player Development, Parent Engagement & Education and Player Health & Safety, US Club Soccer offers registration, league- and cup-based competition platforms, player identification and a variety of other programming, resources and services. US Club Soccer is sponsored by Nike and supported by LaLiga through a technical partnership.