Minnesota NPL

The Minnesota National Premier Leagues (NPL) represents a club collaboration that is the highest level of the TCSL pyramid for both boys and girls ages 13U through 19U.

The US Club Soccer National Premier Leagues platform represents independently-ran leagues unified under one national competition platform. Minnesota NPL winners will advance to the US Club Soccer NPL playoff structure.

Minnesota NPL core tenants are as follows:

  • Clarity the TCSL pathway;
  • Provide an annual, predictable, club-centric schedule for participating clubs;
  • Promote the value of club collaboration;
  • Provide college recruiting exposure

The Minnesota NPL aims to provide a practical, club-centric, annual schedule for its participating clubs.

13U-14U teams will play one schedule spanning three traditional seasons (Fall, Winter, Summer) which will equate to approximately 18-20 matches.

  • Approximately 4-6 matches in the Fall (September and October).
  • Approximately 4-6 matches in the Winter (generally November-March).
  • Approximately 8-12 matches in the Spring/Summer (generally April-mid June).

15U+ teams will play one schedule spanning two traditional seasons  (Winter, Summer) which will equate to approximately 14-16 matches.

  • Approximately 4-6 matches in the Winter (generally November-March).
  • Approximately 8-12 matches in the Spring/Summer (generally April-mid June).

Please note regarding Spring/Summer schedule:

It is likely that teams will know whether they are advancing to the NPL Finals well before June. To provide utmost flexibility, teams will have the flexibility to play beyond mid June, should they choose.

The benefit to this structure is utmost flexibility for clubs, and appropriate training to match ratios which are in the best interest of player development.

One primary goal of the NPL is a mechanism for TCSL to facilitate and leverage existing relationships with college coaches to promote college recruiting.

TCSL is exploring technologies that will assist in collecting data about players, and also will market to local colleges about the league schedule to promote recruiting opportunities.

MN Cup, US Club Soccer State Cup, will serve as a college showcase event for NPL players. While not a requirement for participation, clubs are strongly encouraged to enter teams into this event.

Application Criteria
  • Must be a TCSL member.
  • The application is a club-based application.
  • In line with US Club Soccer perspectives on “club-based” development, clubs are to enter teams at 13U-19U. However, if clubs have (an) age group(s) that is not suited for the NPL, the club should still apply but indicate the other TCSL level (i.e. Regional) that is better suited for the team.
  • A commitment to collaborating with other like-minded clubs.
  • Clubs must have the ability to host winter-matches
  • $1,000 deposit, which will be applied in full to club dues.
Application Process

Application for 2021-22 will be provided in early Spring 2021.

League winners at 13U-19U age groups (boys and girls) advance to the US Club Soccer NPL postseason!

The below is subject to change based on COVID-19 transmission across the country and possible decisions made outside of TCSL’s control.

Boys:

  • 13U & 19U teams advance to one postseason leg, most likely held in late June, 2021 (Colorado)
  • 14U-17U teams advance first to the West Playoffs, most likely held in late June, 2021 (Colorado); winners from this event will meet the winners of the East Playoff (Location TBD)

Girls:

  • 13U-19U teams advance to the NPL Finals, held in July, 2021 (Colorado)

2020-21 Clubs