National Premier League (NPL)
Outside of our US Soccer Development Academy (see above), NPL is the highest level of play offered San Francisco teams. The NPL is run by US Club Soccer and 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 NPL Finals.
Each NPL member club must meet specific top-level criteria after a holistic review by the NorCal board. Clubs that automatically place teams must have:
NPL follows an organized, division model that involves relegation and promotion from Norcal Premier's highest divisions. And, starting in the spring of 2017, a new NPL Champions League will feature top finishers in northern california from the the top fall divisions. In the fall of 2017, NPL will continue expansion with a new Elite National Premier League playoff format resulting in a national champion.
Presently, only one San Francisco youth soccer club has an NPL team (a team that earned that spot through an "at-large" Norcal promotion). The SF Elite Academy features nine such teams. Additionally, as an NPL member club, we place additional teams directly into NPL comeptition each and every playing season.
NPL play opens doors for SF Elite Academy players to compete against some of the very best competition around, as well as to participate in a number of high-profile showcases in front of college coaches and recruiters that recognize NPL as a place to scout top players.
WHICH ACADEMY TEAMS CURRENTLY PLAY IN THE NPL?
WHY CHOOSE NPL?
Learn More at Norcal Premier's NPL Page