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Virginia NPL adds 2 more clubs in Fall 2018: Stafford and SYC

Wednesday, April 25, 2018, Fairfax, Va.
As the VNPL looks to grow its membership and help soccer organizations find a home to play in the league's "club-to-club match day"  environment, two unique soccer clubs joined the league for the Fall 2018 season.

Stafford Soccer and Springfield Youth Club are the newest members in the VNPL. 

Springfield Youth Club is one of the oldest soccer clubs in Virginia (est. 1958) and has contributed to decades of youth development in the sport in Virginia and for the country's national teams as well. Located just outside the National Beltway, SYC has been a primary address for some of the finest youth soccer players in the country during the 1970's, 80s, and  90's. Today, SYC enjoys steady membership and has gone through several upgrades of their facilities in Eastern Fairfax County, one of the largest and most populous counties in the US.

Stafford Soccer is a younger soccer club.  As development along the I-95 corridor moved South, Stafford Soccer benefited. New fields, schools, and of course loads of kids who wanted to play the beautiful game gave Stafford a chance to develop into a great club over the past 15-20 years.

Barry Hill, GM and Technical Director of Stafford Soccer:

“We are very excited about the jump into NPL. The league offers many benefits, which I believe will help our club development along with the player development. The ability to play in a nationally recognized league brings a lot of opportunities for our players."

Julian Chang, Springfield’s Technical Director:

"SYC is excited about joining NPL. The club-to-club format, along with the opportunity to move to National-level competition, provides our members with both localized, appropriate-level competition, as well as the chance to compete against ECNL and ENPL teams at the national level, at a fraction of the costs and travel.  US Club Soccer's ID2 player identification and scouting programs, provided through the league give our players a pathway to the youth national teams, is aligned with our vision of allowing our players every opportunity for enhanced development and exposure.”

Both clubs, SYC and Stafford, will add to the excitement of league play come Fall 2018.

2015-16 National Premier League Map | 20 Members

VA Premier League Adds Three Northern Virginia Clubs - Fall 2015

Grinch Showcase Provides Exposure for U-17 and Older Players

VA Premier League welcomed three Northern Virginia clubs - Chantilly Youth Association, Virginia Soccer Association and Vienna Youth Soccer - for 2015-16 and supported the merger of Churchland SC and Chesapeake United SC into FC United. The targeted growth brought the league to 12 clubs with an 11-game season.

Under the leadership of Pat McStay, VA Premier League hosted its inaugural showcase - The Grinch Showcase. The event was held December 19-20, 2015 in Richmond, VA and provided additional exposure opportunities for U-17 and U-18 players.

Virginia PDP expanded to north and south district training under the direction of Mike Cullina in the north and Matt Lawrey in the south. The league hosted monthly district training during the fall and state training over the winter months. Lawrey was formally hired by VA Premier League as its first PDP Director. 

2015-16 VA Premier League Members
Annandale Boys & Girls Club Chantilly Youth Assn. Chesterfield United FC United
FC Virginia Northern Virginia SC Prince William Soccer, Inc. Richmond Kickers
Richmond Strikers Virginia Soccer Assn. Vienna Youth Soccer Virginia Soccer Assn.

2014-15 National Premier League Map | 19 Members

VA Premier League Joins US Club Soccer's NPL - April 2014

League Expands with Addition of Five Clubs

After expanding to 10 clubs in April 2014, US Club Soccer officially announced VA Premier League as its 18th member league. Each division winner of the U-13 to U-18 boys and girls divisions earned automatic qualification into the NPL Finals.

Patrick McStay took over as league president and administrator and guided the league through the nine-game fall (U-11 through U-18) and spring (U-11 through U-14) spring season and NPL playoffs. Matt Lawrey was appointed by US Club Soccer as the league's first PDP Director.

The new league represented each U.S. Soccer Development Academy club in Virginia and all, but one Elite Clubs National League member. VA Premier League became one of the first NPLs to host its own US Club PDP to aid in the identification of players for id2.

2014-15 VA Premier League Members
Annandale Boys & Girls Club Chesapeake United Chesterfield United Churchland SC
FC Virginia Northern Virginia SC Prince William Soccer, Inc. Richmond Kickers
Richmond Strikers Virginia Rush    


Five Clubs Establish New Youth League to Further Player Development

Through the collaboration of three VCCL and U.S. Soccer Development Academy members, the VA Premier League was established to provide a high level of competition and a professional, player-centric environment designed to enhance player development at all levels.  Founding members Chesapeake United, Chesterfield United, Richmond Kickers, Richmond Strikers and Virginia Rush began play in the newly created, club-format league in the fall 2013.

VA Premier League aimed to be at the forefront of player development by providing enhanced flexibility within age group and playing opportunities for larger player pools in the younger age group. A founding principle of the new league was to maintain a competitive edge through a club-to-club league format. In the first year, each club played a balanced home and away schedule, resulting in an eight-game season.

Original Board of Directors
President Darren Warham Virginia Rush
  Tony Nweke Chesapeake United
  Leigh  Cowlishaw Richmond Kickers
  Bob Jenkins Richmond Strikers
  Jay Hoffman Virginia Rush

2016-17 National Premier League Map | 21 Members

VA Premier League Hosts LaLiga Formation Methodology Course - Fall 2016

Virginia PDP Expands to Six Age Groups

VA Premier League was chosen by US Club Soccer to host one of only four LaLiga Formation Methodology Level III courses in the United States. More than 150 attendees receive a year's subscription to Kimet - an online curriculum and lesson plan software used by the top clubs in Spain - and learned from the top league in the world how it develops youth players.

The league hired Eric Dutt as its new PDP Director and Mike Cullina took over as league president.

VA Premier League contracted to 10 teams for 2016-17 after Richmond Strikers and Chesterfield United merged and FC United chose to take the year off from fielding teams in the league.

Virginia PDP expanded to a third age group in each gender and hosted its first session in conjunction with the LaLiga course for feedback and scouting opportunities. VA Premier League built in a mid-season bye week to facilitate a state PDP session.

2015-16 VA Premier League Members
Annandale Boys & Girls Club Chantilly Youth Assn. FC Virginia Northern Virginia SC
Prince William Soccer, Inc. Richmond Kickers Richmond Strikers Virginia Soccer Assn.
Vienna Youth Soccer Virginia Soccer Assn.