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NPL Qualification

National Premier Leagues (NPL) qualifying competitions

ENPL competition includes 14-U, 15-U, 16-U, 17-U and 19-U boys age groups, and includes participating teams from two independent qualification paths: (i) qualifying teams from National Premier Leagues across the country; and (ii) qualifying teams from ECNL club-based conferences across the country. These teams come together to compete for the ENPL Finals. By providing qualification paths for both team-based and club-based competitions, and through a variety of competition formats, the ENPL will feature the best boys players in US Club Soccer.

Details about the postseason pathways for the following NPL qualifiers can be accessed in the navigation menu. New in 2019, all NPLs - with boys programming - are eligible to compete at the ENPL National Playoff.

While the NPL and the ECNL each determine their own regular season competition format, all qualifying leagues and conferences must meet ENPL guidelines on the minimum number of matches, basic roster and competition rules, and other development standards to insure a top quality environment. The ENPL determines the total number of postseason berths and the postseason competition structure.

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