National Premier Leagues Makes A Home in Florida...
“The creation of the Florida Premier League is another step in improving player development by creating more stable club and competition platforms for top players,” said Christian Lavers, US Club Soccer’s Executive Vice President. “Throughout the country, the NPL is bringing technical leaders of the youth game together to raise standards and create a more unified and improved player development model.”
“As it is a very fertile soccer market, we are pleased to take this step forward,” said Bill Sage, US Club Soccer’s Executive Director. “We also foresee expansion of the Florida Premier League in the future.”
Set to kick off in Fall 2011, Florida Premier League participating teams will play each opponent home and away for a total of 8 games.
Florida Premier League champions, determined by points at the conclusion of the regular season, will compete at the inaugural National Premier Leagues Champions Cup in July 2012.
"We're extremely excited to be a founding member of the Florida Premier League,” said Eric Dade, Jacksonville United’s Director of Soccer Operations. “The league’s standards of improving the everyday training environment coupled with competing in more meaningful games will help more players from the state of Florida reach their fullest potential. By participating in the NPL I feel we can put the emphasis back on player development and remove the focus of forming teams each year just to win games."
“The opportunity for enhanced player development through meaningful games while at the same time building a club culture is exactly what we wanted,” said John Duguid, Director of Coaching at Space Coast United.
"The timing couldn't be better to create a league that caters to the full development of players in Florida,” said Hue Menzies, Executive Director of Central Florida Kraze/Krush. “This league brings more meaning to the word ‘club’ and not just a team within a club. This will force coaches and directors to be held accountable with the direction of US Club Soccer."