What's the deal with NPL West?

In the end I believe it all comes down to the clubs. I feel like it’s gonna be a mix of all 3 (ABC) teams like how the pyramid works in Mexico or Spain where you have a teams A team, a teams B team, and a teams C team all in one group. The email I received regarding our interest in participating in the NPL West states that clubs from the new MLS Academy League were participating so they’d probably put their B teams. If some ECNL teams put their B teams in ECRL then the NPL West will probably house their C teams. If our club was to be accepted into the NPL then that’s where our A team would go.
I believe leagues are just leagues and every league has its good & bad teams whether you’re playing at the recreational, club, or elite levels.
Here in SoCal for example at the U18 bracket you have Coast SL, SCDSL, Presidio SL each with individual flights, CRL, USYS National League, the 3 NPLs (NPLW,SCNPL,NPLSW), the ECNL and the now upcoming ECRL, and even the UPSL is running it’s own U18 program. It’s so hectic that it’s easy for parents to be fooled but to each their own.
 

lafalafa

SILVER ELITE
How useless is this lol
Just more dilution or options depending on your POV not much difference vs NPLwest or ECRL but for Non-MLS who are in MLS-EYDP. Just like clubs who are ECNL who have other players and teams looking for year round leagues.

The only questions are where are all players going to come by to fill 5-6 teams per age group for all these leagues. At the older age groups this will be tough and it's some of these are not going to have 12 teams per or whatever?

Cal South seems like the odd person out since the traditional leagues like CSL, DSL, presidio now appear to be less attractive to many clubs since there are so many more options.
 
when ENCL has their break in q4, almost guarantee clubs will mix and match players, last year in NPL plenty of team had DA player that were playing up in again , play their age in NPl.

In order for NPL to be great they need to have 1 ref's and 2 linesman not just one ref in the center. NPL almost felt like fun scrimmages , 1 Ref couldn't handle the pace of the game themselves when it came to the top tier teams . Hope the kids get to play soon
at least you HAD refs. More than one NPL game last season had ZERO refs show up.
 

jpeter

PREMIER
Exactly we almost had 2 cancelled games against the same team!! One game we had zero refs, the 2nd game they showed up at halftime, and a third they showed up 5 min before the game.
How do you play a league game without a ref? Wouldn't that just be a scrimmage? That doesn't get recorded in the results?
 

ChrisD

SILVER
at least you HAD refs. More than one NPL game last season had ZERO refs show up.
or you had one teams "uncle grandpa" reffing the game the whole time cause they didnt have ref's only calling fouls on your team , and handing yellow out like candy to only your team. Honest I thought of them like scrimmages , we can go on and on .....:)
 

jpeter

PREMIER
or you had one teams "uncle grandpa" reffing the game the whole time cause they didnt have ref's only calling fouls on your team , and handing yellow out like candy to only your team. Honest I thought of them like scrimmages , we can go on and on .....:)
With the ref shortages more leagues don't seem to help that so have to wonder if costs might be going up? or will there really be adequate coverage for all?
 

jpeter

PREMIER
Most clubs will have their 2nd teams play in this league while their top teams play in the MLS league.
Depends Non-MLS u11, u12 clubs say Elite academy is there choice and u13, U15,u17 in MLS League so depend on age groups & club.
 
Looks like there was an expansion announcement today. Looks like the league has grown to around 30 clubs

  • Anaheim FC
  • Arsenal FC
  • Atletico So Cal
  • Beach FC
  • CDA Slammers
  • Conejo Valley United SC
  • Culver City FC
  • Elite SC
  • FC Golden State East
  • FC Golden State West
  • LA Breakers
  • LA Monsters FC
  • LA Surf
  • Laguna United
  • Legends FC
  • Mission Viejo FC
  • OC Surf North
  • Olympiacos CA
  • Paramount FC
  • Pateadores
  • PSC Soccer
  • Real So Cal
  • San Diego SC
  • San Diego Surf
  • Sand and Surf
  • SoCal Elite FC
  • Steel United
  • Strikers FC
  • UIFC Laguna
  • West Coast FC
 
Looks like there was an expansion announcement today. Looks like the league has grown to around 30 clubs

  • Anaheim FC
  • Arsenal FC
  • Atletico So Cal
  • Beach FC
  • CDA Slammers
  • Conejo Valley United SC
  • Culver City FC
  • Elite SC
  • FC Golden State East
  • FC Golden State West
  • LA Breakers
  • LA Monsters FC
  • LA Surf
  • Laguna United
  • Legends FC
  • Mission Viejo FC
  • OC Surf North
  • Olympiacos CA
  • Paramount FC
  • Pateadores
  • PSC Soccer
  • Real So Cal
  • San Diego SC
  • San Diego Surf
  • Sand and Surf
  • SoCal Elite FC
  • Steel United
  • Strikers FC
  • UIFC Laguna
  • West Coast FC
What happened to City FC (Carlsbad)? Typo or change of plans?
 
Looks like there was an expansion announcement today. Looks like the league has grown to around 30 clubs

  • Anaheim FC
  • Arsenal FC
  • Atletico So Cal
  • Beach FC
  • CDA Slammers
  • Conejo Valley United SC
  • Culver City FC
  • Elite SC
  • FC Golden State East
  • FC Golden State West
  • LA Breakers
  • LA Monsters FC
  • LA Surf
  • Laguna United
  • Legends FC
  • Mission Viejo FC
  • OC Surf North
  • Olympiacos CA
  • Paramount FC
  • Pateadores
  • PSC Soccer
  • Real So Cal
  • San Diego SC
  • San Diego Surf
  • Sand and Surf
  • SoCal Elite FC
  • Steel United
  • Strikers FC
  • UIFC Laguna
  • West Coast FC
What league is this for
 

jpeter

PREMIER
Looks like there was an expansion announcement today. Looks like the league has grown to around 30 clubs

  • Anaheim FC
  • Arsenal FC
  • Atletico So Cal
  • Beach FC
  • CDA Slammers
  • Conejo Valley United SC
  • Culver City FC
  • Elite SC
  • FC Golden State East
  • FC Golden State West
  • LA Breakers
  • LA Monsters FC
  • LA Surf
  • Laguna United
  • Legends FC
  • Mission Viejo FC
  • OC Surf North
  • Olympiacos CA
  • Paramount FC
  • Pateadores
  • PSC Soccer
  • Real So Cal
  • San Diego SC
  • San Diego Surf
  • Sand and Surf
  • SoCal Elite FC
  • Steel United
  • Strikers FC
  • UIFC Laguna
  • West Coast FC
So no Galaxy and LAFC anymore at u11-u12?

NPL's are a US club league competing for teams and players from Cal South leagues and the ECxx platforms.

Good thing about this league is it appears to be more open, apply in time and your in if you meet the basics (pay and register with USclub)
 
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