General Information about NPL:
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:
- focused on long-term player development;
- for the country’s top soccer clubs, allowing consistent, meaningful high-level games appropriately scheduled with higher training-to-game ratios;
- that allows players to be scouted and evaluated by U.S. Soccer National Staff and Technical Advisors;
- that is designed and structured by the clubs, based on the needs of the clubs; and
- that provides an avenue for qualification for the NPL Finals.
SURF NPL Program
For all Surf NPL teams, the season will begin with a 4 day/4 night, live-in, pre-season camp in Lake Tahoe, CA to get a solid base in fitness, team cohesion, mental preparation, and team tactics. Due to an additional but considerably discounted cost, the camp will be optional, but highly recommended.
-All of our NPL teams will also participate in the Surf Cup tournaments such as Summer Surf Cup & Surf Thanksgiving Showcase.
-Participation in other leagues such as CRL will be discussed team by team.
-For our 2002 and older groups, there will be at least one NPL-specific College Showcase for our players to compete against other NPL and boys ECNL teams in front of top college programs. This showcase will be put on by ECNL & NPL and will be of the standard the soccer community has come to expect from these organizations.
HIGH SCHOOL AGED NPL TEAMS (2002-1999, including some 2003’s):
-In the inaugural season, our high school aged NPL teams will compete in SCDSL for their Fall, developmental period, break for High School (with training opportunities available for those who choose not to play high school) and then compete in the NPL league in the Spring, made up solely of NPL teams, with the League Champion moving on to the ENPL Playoffs.
NON-HIGH SCHOOL AGED NPL TEAMS (2003-2004):
-Our non-high school aged NPL teams will play a developmental Fall league (SCDSL), transition to a Winter period marked by a winter break, followed by a technique and speed-of-play training period supplemented by extra futsal sessions before heading in to the Spring NPL league, with the League Champion moving on to the ENPL Playoffs.
In addition to the NPL League, the Surf NPL training program is what sets this program apart from other clubs in San Diego. It will be comprised of a 3 day per week schedule, with an optional but recommended 4th day:
- Two field training sessions per week.
- One Futsal session per week.
- One functional/position-specific small-group session and/or Speed and Conditioning (SAC) session.