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:
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.
15U+ teams will play one schedule spanning two traditional seasons (Winter, Summer) which will equate to approximately 14-16 matches.
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 for 2021-22 will be provided in early Spring 2021.
The below is subject to change based on COVID-19 transmission across the country and possible decisions made outside of TCSL’s control.