ISC Gunners Girls U15 team reached the finals of the NPL Finals, highlighting a strong showing among PSPL teams competing at the top national league event in Greensboro, N.C.
Northwest United Girls U16 team and Washington East Seely, Boys U18 team, both made it to the semi-finals only to lose in close contests. Overall, most PSPL teams that won their respective Washington State Premier League title battled hard in the humid heat of North Carolina and competed well.
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All twelve Washington State Premier League teams have now qualified for one of the country’s most prestigious national soccer competitions — US Club Soccer’s NPL Finals!
Six boys and six girls teams are eligible to advance to US Club’s most coveted national title by winning the Washington State Premier League.
The final teams to qualify were the Girls high school WSPL season, concluded in April.
In a competition that spans the fall and winter/spring seasons, the best teams of the Puget Sound Premier League battle to see who gets to punch their ticket to North Carolina!
Each team in the Washington State Premier League plays 12 matches in a home/away series against rival clubs -- from the shores of Puget Sound to the wheat fields of Spokane. Eighty-four teams representing 18 clubs fight for the coveted championship title.
But only 12 teams can call themselves WSPL Champions!
And the winners are:
U13-ISC Gunners A
U16-FC Spokane Black
U17-Tynecastle FC '96
U18-Washington East Soccer Club
U13-LWPFC White Piranahas
U14-ISC Gunners A
U17-Central Washington Soccer Academy
At the national event, regional NPL champions will compete to be crowned national champion at the NPL Finals. The NPL Finals is the culminating event of a year-long, league-based competition involving 18 regional NPL leagues. It is now considered one of the most prestigious youth soccer championships in the country.
“Teams compete in their respective NPL all year to have the opportunity to qualify for the NPL Finals,” said NPL General Manager Chris Baer. “League-based competition is the best and most accurate way to determine the best teams in the country and when they all come together at the NPL Finals, it is a special event.”
The NPL Finals will take place July 10-14 at Bryan Park Soccer Complex in Greensboro, N.C., a vast soccer complex that has hosted national competitive soccer events for years. Click NPLFINALS for more information on the national event.
CLICK HERE to see all of the WSPL champions, so far.
The Washington State Premier League is one of 18 NPL leagues located around the country. Each league will send its National Premier League winners to the North Carolina tournament to compete for a national championship against some of the biggest youth soccer clubs in the nation.
Among the clubs the could send winners: Dallas Texans, New York Red Bulls, Chicago Magic, PDA (New Jersey), Mustangs SC, Colorado Rush, Sereno S.C. (Arizona), Santa Clara Sporting, De Anza Force SC, Albion SC, DMS11, Heat of Las Vegas, FC Delco, Pateadores, Legends FC, So Cal Blues and many other nationally ranked clubs.
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (April 23, 2012) – US Club Soccer has announced that the Washington state Premier League is a member of the National Premier League (NPL).
The NPL has been created to provide a unified, league-based national developmental platform with the highest level of competition in given geographic areas, and to elevate and change the competitive youth soccer landscape based upon fundamental principles outlined in US Club Soccer’s 10-year vision.
The Washington state Premier League will be managed by the Puget Sound Premier League (PSPL), the fastest-growing soccer league in the state of Washington. The PSPL is also one of the largest competitive soccer leagues in the Northwest, with nearly 70 clubs and nearly 1,100 teams participating in 2012.
Fifteen PSPL clubs will initially form the Washington state Premier League. Clubs outside the PSPL and smaller clubs within the league will be able to apply for admittance, provided they meet the Washington state Premier League standards and requirements.
The Washington state Premier League, which will include U-13 through U-18 boys and girls, is composed of 15 clubs:
- Academy of Soccer Excellence
- Cascade FC
- Emerald City FC
- FC Crush
- Issaquah Soccer Club/Gunners
- Maple Valley Premier
- Northwest United
- Mount Rainier Futbol Club
- SoccerEdge Academy
- RSA Elite
- Spokane Foxes
- Tynecastle FC
- Wenatchee Fire
- WPFC Fury
The Washington state Premier League will represent the highest level in the PSPL, replacing the Super League. Washington state Premier League teams will play a 12-game regular-season schedule. Winners of the WSPL qualify for the NPL Champions Cup, in July 2013.
“The PSPL has numerous competitive clubs that are doing a fantastic job developing players, and the NPL is a great opportunity to showcase these quality organizations,” said PSPL Executive Director Stanley Holmes. “One of our missions is to help clubs in Washington develop players at the highest level and offer them the chance to play on a national stage.”
"This creation of the Washington state Premier League is very exciting news for the NPL,” said NPL General Manager Chris Baer. “The state of Washington has had a long history of producing high-level soccer talent on both the boys and girls side of the game and we look forward to working closely with the clubs in the state to continue to raise the level of club soccer."
For more information on the Washington state Premier League and the PSPL, please contact Stanley Holmes at email@example.com or (800) 531-7889. For more information on the NPL, please contact NPL General Manager Chris Baer at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 614-783-223.