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NPL Overview

About the National Premier Leagues (NPL)



The NPL was 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, by linking competition with player development and identification platforms, and by providing meaningful weekly competition culminating in the ENPL Finals.

The NPL program provides a platform:

  • focused on long-term player development;

  • for the country‚Äôs 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; and 

  • that provides an avenue for qualification for the aligned NPL/ENPL Finals.


The SAPL is part of the NPL nationwide structure, and currently consists of the following elite clubs:

AFC Lightning (GA)Charlotte United Futbol Club (NC)FC Alliance (TN)
Lake Norman SC (NC)Southern Soccer Academy (GA)Tennessee SC (TN)
Triangle United Soccer Association (NC)United Futbol Academy (GA)Wake FC (NC)

For information on how to join the program, including registering for ID Clinic events, please click HERE.

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