SAN DIEGO, Calif. | The inaugural ENPL postseason is getting underway, as thousands of players converge at Surf Cup Sports Park in San Diego, California for the ENPL Western Playoffs and Boys NPL Western Finals .
The ENPL represents the top level of boys competition in US Club Soccer with qualifying NPLs and Boys ECNL Conferences clamoring for position in the ENPL postseason. The NPL is the next level, and these Boys NPL Finals events - for 15-U through 19-U competitors - represent the culmination of their collective seasons.
The ENPL Western Playoffs, however, is the first postseason layer of a two-stage postseason. The top two teams from each age group earn advancement to the ENPL National Finals (14-U through 17-U), July 13-14 in Aurora, Colo.
Before the first games kick-off, US Club Soccer would like to congratulate every club, and the players, coaches, parents, and managers that encompass those clubs, for all of their dedication that has allowed them to make it to this point. We wish the best of luck to every team this weekend
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This is it. The final day of the ENPL Western Playoffs and Boys Western NPL Finals. 15-U through 17-U Boys NPL Champions will be crowned today.
Here are today's NPL Finals matchups:
17-U: FC Wisconsin vs. Wenatchee United Aguilitas- 9:00 a.m.
16-U: AVSC Storm Academy '02 vs. FC Golden State- 11:00 a.m
15-U: Lou Fusz Limpert '03 Boys vs. Oxnard United SC- 9:00 a.m.
On the ENPL side among 14-U through 17-U age groups, teams competing on Tuesday need to win their game this morning to punch their ticket to the ENPL National Finals in Aurora, Colo. in 10 days.
Fields 6 and 8 at San Diego Surf Cup Sports Park are being live streamed tomorrow. Those games can be watched at the top of this page or on the ENPL homepage.
Stay tuned for full results including winners and ENPL Finals qualifiers.
Every division was back in full action on Monday and the ENPL Western Playoff and Boys Western NPL Finals brackets are nearly complete. The NPL Finals semi-final matches were played out today and the matchups have been set to determine what two teams will advance to the ENPL National Finals in Aurora, Colo.
The Boys Western NPL semi-finals played out as such:
15-U: Wenatchee FC '03 Black 0-1 Lou Fusz SC Limpert '03
Sereno SC ECNL 0-1 Oxnard United SC
16-U: AVSC Storm Academy '02 1-0 Beach FC ECNL 16
FC Golden State 3-2 Heat FC ECNL U16
17-U: FC Wisconsin 1-0 SLSG-MO ECNL 17
Kansas Rush Academy '01 0-3 Wenatchee SC United Aguilitas
On Tuesday, the ENPL National Finals qualified clubs will become set, and NPL Champions will be crowned!
Although Sunday's action was limited to just six 15-U NPL Finals matches, the competition and on field product was compelling. Today's score lines alone indicate that:
OC Surf 03 Kirsch ECNPL 3-4 Pittsburgh Riverhounds Academy
Arsenal FC 3-5 Ohio Premier ECNL
Lonestar SC ECNL 0-2 Sereno SC ECNL
HEAT FC 03 ECNL 2-3 Wenatchee FC 03 Black
Albion SC 03 NPL 1-1 Classics Elite ECNL
Lou Fusz SC Limpert 03 Boys 1-1 Oxnard United SC
All divisions will be back on the field tomorrow, including the NPL Finals semi-final matches. Follow the link at the top of the page to see the latest standings and all of tomorrow's semi-final matchups, and visit the US Club Soccer Facebook page for highlights and videos, like this great goal.
A truly beautiful day in San Diego saw Friday's clouds replaced by a bright sun. While strong winds were on and off throughout the day, the competition was stronger with every team registering their second match of the weekend. Tomorrow will be a shortened day, with only six matches being held. Three 15-U NPL matches will kick-off at 9:00 a.m,. with three more in the same division slotted for 11:00 a.m. Stay tuned for more updates and coverages of those matches.
The first day of action will be busy, with ENPL Western Playoff matches beginning at 9 a.m., and the first Boys NPL Western Finals match slotted for 9:30. The weather might bring a few clouds, but the temperature will be hovering around high 60s.
Update (6:45 PT): The first day's matches have come to a wrap. After an overcast first batch of games, the sun came out as more teams arrived and impressive skill was being showcased all over the park.
Game scores from every time slot have now been updated and can be seen in the schedule.