National premier leagues (npl)

About the npl

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 finals

The NPL Finals features the champions of NPLs across the United States among 13-U through 18/19-U girls age groups. Teams play group games before advancing to knock-out rounds to determine the NPL champion in every age group. On the boys side, competitors qualify to the annual Elite National Premier League (ENPL) postseason in 13-U through 18/19-U age groups among other NPL and ECNL Boys qualifiers.