New England Premiership (NEP)
The New England Premiership (NEP) is a club-based league for clubs throughout New England focused on player development. Participation is limited to clubs with a demonstrated commitment to player development such as minimum licenses for coaches, minimum standards for facilities and a dedicated Director Of Coaching with a minimum of a USSF B license.
The NEP has been granted approval from Mass Youth Soccer to act as a State Cup qualifying league for Massachusetts. It has received similar approval from Soccer Rhode Island, Soccer Maine and New Hampshire Soccer Association.
The NEP will be a member run entity with each participating club assigned a seat at the Board of Directors. The Board plans to establish a 3-pronged quality control system; self analysis, peer review and “third party” review. The league will provide surveys at the end of each season so clubs can evaluate themselves and their peers. The league will also contract a neutral “third party” to attend game and training days to report on standards being maintained.
The NEP will create a superior player development environment by ensuring the appropriate numbers-a-side per age group - U10s will be 6v6, U-11’s and U12’s will be 8v8, U13’s and U14’s will be 11v11. The League will also work to acquire the highest quality of referees (the NEP is also looking to add a referee mentoring program) and establishing superior dialogue between club officials and referees to develop this side of the game.
For more information, www.nepremiership.com/
National Premier League (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 NPL Finals.
NPLs are independent leagues, unified under one national competition platform, and based on a common technical framework designed to improve long-term player development. 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 qualification for the NPL Finals.
For more information, www.nationalpremierleagues.com
The League will consist of a sixteen (16) team Premier Division for both boys and girls in the Under 13, Under 14, Under 15, Under 16, Under 17 and Under 18 Age Groups. The league season will begin in March and will conclude the weekend of Mothers Day with Semi-Finals and Finals.
The sixteen teams will be divided into two (2) groups of eight. Each team will play each team in their group once for a seven (7) game schedule. At the end of league play there will be a semi-final and a final match for the top four teams (top two teams in each group).
Games will be played on Saturdays and there generally will be two (2) games scheduled each day.