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EDP Core Club

About EDP Core Clubs

A group of Core Clubs are the driving force for EDP programming. While our teams compete with other intensely, as clubs we have many values in common and work together to help promote competition and activities that serve our needs in developing outstanding soccer players.

Typically an EDP Core Club:

  • Has an excellent professional coaching staff under a single Coaching Director.
  • Has a program that sets policies and high standards and which are consistent across all its elite teams
  • Prioritizes player development over winning
  • Has Multiple teams competing in EDP Flights and is an active promoter of EDP programming
  • Has a track record of preparing players or college level play and higher: nurturing not only soccer skills and knowledge but also the discipline and competitive nature needed for success as an adult.
  • Has a reputation for professionalism in with regard to game conduct and dealing with peer clubs.

The NPL provides a unified, league-based national developmental platform with the highest level of competition in its geographic areas.

Created to elevate and change the competitive youth soccer landscape based upon US Club Soccer’s fundamental principles, the NPL extends developmental principals espoused by the U.S. Soccer Development Academy into younger age groups and additional clubs, providing a platform for long-term player development. 

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;
  • 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 qualificatoon for the NPL Champions Cup.

The NPL is an important component of US Club Soccer’s 10-year vision to refine the landscape for competitive youth soccer. This vision recognizes that:

  • Properly-structured youth soccer clubs are the vehicle through which player development does and must occur in the United States.
  • Clubs should play in leagues that provide meaningful games, allow establishment of the proper training-to-game ratio, and eliminate calendar congestion.
  • NPLs, as well as the best clubs, should be integrated in US Club Soccer’s id2 National Identification and Development Program, include Player Development Programs (PDPs) in select local markets, and work closely with U.S. Soccer staff regarding player identification, and player and coach development.

The culminating event each year is the NPL Champions Cup, where national championships are awarded. The NPL Champions Cup features qualifiers from every NPL across the country in a true “champions league” competition.

The NPL Competition Committee, which includes one representative from every NPL, makes recommendations regarding the NPL Champions Cup qualification process for each NPL based on each league’s relative size and strength. These recommendations include: 1.) direct berths in the NPL Champions Cup; 2.) play-in berths in the NPL Champions Cup, and 3.) placement of NPL finalists in US Club Soccer’s National Cup.

This annual evaluation process will allow continued growth of NPLs across the country while maintaining competitive balance within every league and in the NPL Champions Cup.

For a listing of all leagues and clubs within the NPL, please click here.

SJEB: An NPL Member Club

Below is a list of all of the member clubs from each league:

Florida Premier League Eastern Development Program
Gulf States Premier League
Midwest Developmental League
Mountain Developmental League
New England Premier League
Northeast Pre-Academy League
Pacific Developmental NPL
South Atlantic Premier League
Southeast Pre-Academy League
Southern California National Premier League
Texas Pre-Academy League
New York Club Soccer League
NorCal Premier League
Northern Illinois Soccer League
Oregon Premier League
Washington State Premier League  

Eastern Development Program:
Beachside of Connecticut SC (CT)
Downtown United SC (NY)
FC Copa (NJ)
FSA United SC (CT)
Lehigh Valley United SC (PA)
Manhattan SC (NY)
New York SC (NY)
Penn Fusion Soccer Academy (PA)
Smithtown SC (NY)
South Jersey Elite Barons (NJ)
TSF Soccer Academy (NJ)

Florida Premier League:
Brandon FC
Central Florida Kraze/Krush
Jacksonville United
Space Coast United
Tampa Bay United

Gulf States Premier League:
Baton Rouge SC (LA)
Brilla FC (MS)
Cajun SC (LA)
Gulf Coast Texans (FL)
Hattiesburg FC (MS)
Houston Dynamo - MS Gulf Coast (MS)
LA Fire (LA)
Mandeville SC (LA)
Mobile SC (AL)
MS JFC/FIRE Premier (MS) 

Midwest Developmental League:
 Great Lakes Division:
Bavarian SC (WI)
Chicago Fire Academy (IL)
Chicago Magic (IL)
FC Milwaukee Nationals (WI)
FC United (IL)
Blue Valley SC (KS)
Madison 56ers (WI)
MN Thunder Academy (MN)
Rockford Raptors (IL)
St. Louis Scott Gallagher-Metro (IL)
St. Louis Scott Gallagher-Missouri (MO)
Sockers FC Chicago (IL)
Sporting KC Juniors (KS)

Erie Division:
Carmel United (IN)
Cincinnati United SC (OH)
Crew Juniors (OH)
Fort Wayne Fever (IN)
Grand Rapids Crew Juniors (MI)
Internationals SC (OH)
Michigan Jaguars FC (MI)
Michigan Wolves SC (MI)
Vardar (MI)

New England Premier League:
FC Stars of Mass (MA)
New England Aztec (MA)
NHPSA (Classics) (NH)
Western United (MA)

New York Club Soccer League:
Brentwood SC
Brooklyn Italians
Clarkstown SC
Eastern FC
Everton America 
New York Elite FC
NY Hota Bavarian FC
Parsippany SC
Soccer Plus Academy
World Class FC

Northeast Pre-Academy League:
Liberty Division:
Albertson SC (NY)
Cosmos Academy East (NY)
FC Greater Boston (MA)
FC Westchester (NY)
Met Oval (NY)
Oakwood SC (CT)
Seacoast United (NH)
South Central Premier (NY)

Mid-Atlantic Division:
Baltimore Bays Chelsea (MD)
D.C. United (DC)
Match Fit (NJ)
McLean Youth Soccer (VA)
New York Red Bulls (NY)
NJSA 04 (NJ)
PA Classics (PA)
Potomac SA (MD)

Southeast Pre-Academy League:
Charlotte SA (NC)
Clearwater Chargers (FL)
Concorde Fire (GA)
Georgia United Soccer Alliance (GA)
North Meck SC (NC)
IMG Soccer Academy (FL)
Kendall SC (FL)
Richmond Kickers (VA)
Richmond Strikers (VA)
South Carolina United (SC)
Virginia Rush (VA)
Weston FC (FL)

Southern California National Premier League:
Albion SC (CA)
Carlsbad Elite (CA)
DMS11 (CA)
Fullerton Rangers (CA)
Heat FC (NV)
Los Angeles Premier FC (CA)
Las Vegas Soccer Academy (NV)
Santa Barbara SC (CA)

Texas Pre-Academy League:
Andromeda (Plano)
Classics Elite (San Antonio)
Dallas Texans (Dallas)
FC Dallas (Dallas)
Houston Dynamo (Houston)
Lonestar SC (Austin)
Solar (Dallas)
Texas Rush (Houston)
Texans SC (Houston)

Washington State Premier League:
Academy of Soccer Excellence
Cascade FC
Emerald City FC
FC Crush
Issaquah Soccer Club/Gunners
Maple Valley Premier
Mount Rainier Futbol Club
SoccerEdge Academy
South Hill Revolution
Spokane Foxes
Tynecastle FC
Wenatchee Fire