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NorCal Premier

Qualifying boys teams in five age groups from 14-U to 19-U from the NorCal Premier Soccer will advance to the ENPL Playoffs in June 2018. These teams will earn qualification to the postseason ENPL Playoffs based on their performances throughout the regular season.

Through affiliations with 217 clubs, it is the top organization for developing clubs, coaches, players and referees in Northern California.

“It is vital for ‘performance’ soccer clubs’ teams to compete against teams of similar levels - on a weekly basis,” said Benjamin Ziemer, NorCal Premier President. “Until we are in one competition structure, we will remain in a strange situation where neighboring clubs’ teams, of relatively similar levels, rarely play each other after a certain age, because they have not been chosen for – therefore, they do not have access to – the same competitions.

“The unification of the competitions – outside and below the U.S. Developmental Academy – is the best step soccer leaders can take, so clubs may finally offer their players a less expensive, merit-based, more local competition, thereby ensuring, most of the time, teams are playing teams of similar levels, because they have earned their way into the competition. Most importantly, soccer in the U.S. needs a merit-based competitive structure, which allows, through promotion and relegation (in the older ages, especially), clubs, coaches and players a chance to rise or fall. We believe both the National Premier Leagues and the Elite Clubs National League are seriously committed to quickly coming together under one program. For this reason, NorCal Premier Soccer is excited to partner with both within the ENPL.”

Quotes from participants:

  • Dan Chamberlain, NorCal Director of Operations: “The opportunity that we have in front of us, with the coming together of the NPL and the ECNL into the ENPL, is an exciting one. NorCal Premier is proud to be part of the first step that these two organizations are taking together, and we are excited about the prospects of what it could be in the coming years."
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