Blues FC Earns NPL Designation
Blues FC is proud to be named a National Premier League (NPL) club. This designation puts our club on par with some of the top clubs in the nation and is a testament to the success our teams, coaches and administrators have achieved in just ten short years.
While the NPL designation is currently for our girls’ teams, we will continue to pursue designation for the boys’ teams as well. Blues FC boys’ teams can also still earn their way into NPL leagues through various qualification methods.
What is NPL?
The NPL is a national competition platform created to elevate and change the competitive youth soccer landscape by linking competition with player development and identification platforms while following the development principles laid out by US Soccer. NPL member clubs play within their regional NPL league. Blues FC is member of the National Premier League (NPL) Division of the NorCal Premier League.
Who can play NPL?
Blues FC girls’ teams (U14 and older) will have automatic acceptance into the NPL level for league play. (For U14 and older, NPL is the highest level of league play, followed by State Premier, Gold, etc.). NPL level play will be an option for all Blues FC girls’ teams, U14 and older, including first (Navy) and second (White) teams.
What are the benefits?
NPL teams have the opportunity play on a national development platform and against the highest level of competition in Northern California.
Other benefits NPL offers:
- focus on long-term player development
- consistent, meaningful high-level games appropriately scheduled with higher training-to-game ratios and eliminate calendar congestion
- integrated with the id² Program, which includes Player Development Programs (PDPs) in select local markets, and that works closely with U.S. Soccer staff regarding player identification, and player and coach development
- play designed and structured by the clubs, based on the needs of the clubs
- an avenue for qualification for the NPL Finals and Elite National Premier League
Blues FC is constantly striving to improve the resources and opportunities available to our players. In just ten short years, Blues FC has reached milestones that many long-established clubs spend decades trying to achieve. Winning State Cup Championships, producing college and national team players, and now earning NPL designation – these are the results of our long-term commitment to player development.
Congratulations to the players, coaches and staff who have helped Blues FC earn this designation. It positions our club with the best in the nation and we look forward to achieving more success and providing more opportunities for all our athletes in the near future.