National Premier League (NPL)

What is the National Premier League?

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

NPL 2019/2020 Clubs


The NPL comprises of Elite clubs from across four states. Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Tennessee all make up one of the most competitive youth league environments in the region.

Within this group of clubs all share a common goal of elevating youth soccer standards (on and off the field) and providing the highest of development environments for players to grow and progress.

Five have (or associated with) USL teams
have US Soccer Development Academies
Three have (or associated with) Womens Premier Soccer League (WPSL)

Within the clubs there are also three current National Champions at various age groups competing within the NPL leagues.


Beginning with the 2018-19 season, CSA Elite North/H’ville and CSA Elite South are adding its boys and girls teams, while Tormenta FC is bringing its boys teams.

These two clubs join an experienced group of other clubs, several of which have been members of the South Atlantic Premier League for years. The league first joined the NPL landscape in Fall 2012 and includes 13-U through 19-U boys and girls teams. While girls participants aspire to the annual Girls NPL Finals, boys teams are working towards earning national championships as part of the Elite National Premier League (ENPL) structure.

The NPL, as a whole, is made up of various regional leagues (NPLs) throughout the country. It’s a proven, club-driven commodity that has elevated the youth soccer landscape and linked competition with player development and identification platforms.

The ENPL is a collaboration between US Club Soccer and the ECNL to raise standards in youth boys soccer across the country.

To read more about this program on the US Club Soccer site, go to this link here:

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