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National Premier League

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National Premier League

FC United and VSA ~ NPL Travel Partners

 

US Club Soccer – NPL Central Division

Nebraska:       Sporting Omaha FC, Gretna SC
Iowa:               FC United, VSA
Missouri:         Lou Fusz SC, Sporting St. Louis
Kansas:           KC Fusion, Kansas Rush

 

Purpose of the 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”

Through our inclusion of the NPL we have been able to elevate the experience for soccer players in Iowa and enhanced player development, whether preparing for high school or collegiate programs. The format of the league has allowed all of our players an opportunity to consistently compete against other high-level teams while maintaining a club-wide developmental pathway.

 

National Premier League Benefits

     Set Play Dates – Predictability of schedule

     Centralized Locations - All teams at a common location on the same dates

     Roster Flexibility - Schedule allows for teams to assist other age groups (up) as needed.

     Competition - High level of competition on a consistent basis with other quality clubs in the Midwest.

     Exposure – College Scouting Venues

     Cost Control – Travel schedules will typically require only one night of lodging.

     Hosting - FC United host dates will eliminate one travel weekend.

     Player Development – Instill a healthy and internally competitive environment



FC United Teams Participating in the NPL Fall 2019

13G, 14G,15G, 16G, 17G, 18G/19G

2001 - NPL #1
2002 - NPL #1 and NPL #2
2003 - NPL #1 and NPL #2
2004 - NPL
2005 - NPL
2006 - NPL

* Supplemental League Games for all teams are TBD and assigned as development-appropriate


Fall 2019 Schedule:
These are the projected predetermined must-play league dates.

 

Date

 

Location

August 11 (Sunday)

August 17-18

October 5-6

December 7-8

December 14-15

at VSA (FC United travels)

at Des Moines (NE travels)

at FC United (KS travels)

at St. Louis (IA travels)

Rain Make Up Date (if needed)

  
  
  
  


Training Structur
e

  • All teams will train 2-4 times a week.
  • Training for NPL will begin in July (mini-camps)


Competition Structure

  • Teams participating in the NPL may have a reduced tournament schedule, to better control expenses and player development.
  • Teams participating in the NPL would still have traditional local league games.
  • Teams will participate in set events, College Showcases, State Cup, US Club Regionals.

 

Team Formation

  • The club will select and announce a roster of 18 for each player pool.
  • Player pools will be selected based on ability, proficiency, mentality, availability/commitment, and athleticism.
  • Should there be any roster modifications required due to injury, lack of commitment, change of availability, and conflicts, US Club/NPL guidelines allow for official rosters to be expanded, up to 25. The expanded roster feature allows teams to maintain some flexibility as players may be added or moved in cases where availability or injury/performance is an issue. We fully acknowledge that injuries and some conflicts are unfortunately a part of the equation, where some flexibility is needed to maintain the structure of the team and the league.


Roster Information

  • In cases where there is a select event, such as College Showcases or other high-level events, player pools may be combined and the roster will be communicated no less than one month prior the event, subject to injuries or urgent situations that arise.
  • Participation may change from game to game due to a number of factors including player availability, player ability, player position and team needs, illness and injury. Any roster adjustments will be determined and communicated by the head coach and coaching staff.


Bid Information (Bid Day is Thursday, June 27
 at 8:00 AM)

  • Players have 12 hours (8am to 8pm) to respond and accept their bid. We will retain a roster position for that player for 12 hours. If we do not receive a response within 12 hours, then the invitation can be deemed declined and that roster spot may be offered to another player. 
  • If a player responds after 12 hours, that player can still be accepted if there are roster spots available, however, the adjusted pricing structure will apply.
  • Do note that there is a discounted cost for bids accepted within the acceptance window.


Alternate Bid Information

  • If someone decides not to accept their bid (roster spot), we can extend the roster spot to a player who may be initially listed as an alternate.
  • We may formally offer alternate bids during or after the 12-hour window.
  • Alternate bids accepted within the subsequent 12-hour window will be honored at the early-bird pricing.


Tryouts Registration & Location

Registration information will be available on our website at TRYOUTS  

FC United Complex - 8610 Milburn Road, Cedar Rapids, IA 52411


Cost Information (2019-20)

$1,095 – If you accept your bid and register on the bid day, the early-bird fee will be $1,095. A $200 commitment fee, which is applied to the total balance, must be paid within the bid acceptance period. Any registrations AFTER the bid acceptance window will be subject to the standard fee of $1,195.


Payment Methods

Method #1 ~ Payment in full on or before August 1. Payment links will be on our website.

Method #2 ~ 5-Payment plan. You may opt to set up the remaining portion of your club registration fees on a payment plan using credit card or bank account. The first payment is the commitment fee. The remaining payments would transact on the following dates:

Aug. 15
Sept. 15
Oct. 15
Nov. 15

Payment plans are subject to a $5 merchant processing fee per scheduled payment. You may opt to pay any remaining balance in full at any time and eliminate the merchant processing fee.


Financial Assistance Program

Financial Assistance information will be on our website at FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

This application must be filled out completely and submitted, along with the required documentation, to [email protected]  by Mon. June 11, 2019.

Financial assistance, when approved, is applicable to club dues only. Team and individual expenses for uniforms, competition or events are not included in the Financial Assistance Program. Qualified families may be approved for partial assistance, or in some cases, full assistance, based on the circumstances and meeting the criteria that indicate this assistance as appropriate.

Approved applicants will be required to assist with fund-raising campaigns or other cost-saving club activities


Supplemental Expenses

  • Uniform costs are not included in the above annual program registration fee.
  • Team league games/registration and competition fees are not included above. League fees are paid equally by all members of the team.
  • For any events listed as optional, the expenses are allocated only to the players participating in those events. These may include coach lodging, travel reimbursement, and per diem. These expenses must be pre-approved by the club and limited to the club’s Coach Travel Reimbursement Policy.

 

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