What is it?
The Red River Division of the National Premier league is a league set up for clubs to play additional games against others from their region, in the U13 – U17 groups, with the goal of advancing to the National Tournament. The U13 age group will be made up of U12 and U13 players as see fit from NPL Staff.
What is the purpose?
To allow our elite players and teams to compete at a regional and national level. To gain national exposure as a club.
How do the players/teams get picked?
The top ranked team by league standings will be invited, as will the top 3-5 players of each of the other teams in the age group. The majority of the team will be made up of the top team; if some of the additional players are better than the bottom of the top team’s roster, then we place them on the NPL Team. Whoever does not make the team can practice at the NPL Events.
The Coach of the top ranked team by league standings will be the Head Coach of the team. On some teams an additional coach will be selected by leadership and will be a part of the team's coaching staff. This member of the coaching staff will be selected by credentials, coaching relationship to the team and must be available to attend both training and events.
How does the league work?
The divison is made up of 13 clubs from 4 states.
Each team play each other team once and Liverpool will travel twice throughout the year for games. For example in the 2017/18 season we travel to Arkansas Labor day weekend for Saturday and Sunday games, then in January we travel to Oklahoma for Saturday and Sunday games. The rest of the games are played at home in Dallas. Games will not conflict with local league games.
The team that finishes top of the division will advance to the National Championships (NPL Finals)
When will games be?
Games will be throughout the year but not conflict with local league games.
What about players from outside North Texas?
Selected players from South Texas, East Texas and West Texas will be invited to NPL and will have the opportunity to earn a spot on the NPL Team.
Is it a different uniform?
No, we will use the same uniform. If there is a conflict of numbers there may be an additional uniform that could be required.
When and where are the Nationals?
The NPL Finals is hosted in mid-July, the location changes but last year was in Indiana and the year before Colorado.
What if there is a scheduling conflict between the Club team and NPL team?
Club teams comes first, but we will make it a priority to insure there are no conflicts.
What is the expectations and cost of an NPL roster spot?
Roster Player Fee - $175.00 – Must register online
Player Fees Include:
Is their additional cost?
Travel expenses for your player and also the coach’s expense are split between the team.
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The NPL was created to elevate and change the competitive youth soccer landscape by extending developmental principles espoused by U.S. Soccer into more age groups and clubs, by linking competition with player development and identification platforms, and by providing meaningful weekly competition culminating in the NPL Finals.
NPLs are independent leagues, unified under one national competition platform, and based on a common technical framework designed to improve long-term player development. The NPL provides a platform:
EXECUTING US CLUB SOCCER’S 10-YEAR VISION:
The NPL held its inaugural NPL Showcase, bringing teams from NPLs across the country to one site for intra-league competition and player showcasing. It featured U-16, U-17 and U-18 boys teams at Heritage Park in suburban Las Vegas, Nev. Click here for a recap.
The targeted destination for all NPL teams, and the culminating event each season, is the NPL Finals (formerly known as the NPL Champions Cup), where NPL national champions are determined. The NPL Finals feature qualifiers in U-13 through U-18 boys and girls age groups from every NPL across the country in a true “champions league” competition.