The 2015-16 Season will be our 4th year in the Mountain Developmental League as part of US Club Soccer’s National Premier League (NPL).

Please take a moment to read the information below about the NPL including some exciting new announcements regarding the 2015-16 season.

2015-16 Fixture Schedule (tentative)
Saturday, January 30 – home vs. Pride SC
Sunday, January 31 – away vs. Real Colorado
Sunday, February 7 – away vs. Colorado Storm
Saturday, February 27 – home vs. Colorado RushLOGO - Lockup - NPL-Mountain Developmental League

Home games are played at the turf fields at the East Boulder Community Center. Once completed, the game schedule for the Mountain Developmental League will be available at nationalpremierleagues.com.

League Champions and Runners-up in the U13-U17 age groups will compete in the Mountain Developmental League Regional tournament to be held in Phoenix, AZ, June 11-12, 2016. Regional Champions will advance to the NPL Finals at Aurora Sports Park in Colorado, July 14-18, 2016.

For the 2015-2016 season, the NPL will remain a league in which only boys team compete in Colorado. Unfortunately, there was not enough support throughout the region to add a girls’ program to the Mountain Developmental League. Please note, FC Boulder continues to strongly support the addition of a girls’ NPL in Colorado.

FC Boulder is a proud to be a partner of US Club Soccer. Scroll to the bottom of this page for more information about US Club Soccer and its organizational philosophies.

Screen Shot 2015-09-30 at 11.25.25 AMPlayer Eligibility
US Club Soccer’s player eligibility is based on birth year. As such, the follow birth dates will be used when building FC Boulder’s NPL rosters.

U13: Boys born on or after January 1, 2002
U14: Boys born on or after January 1, 2001
U15: Boys born on or after January 1, 2000
U16: Boys born on or after January 1, 1999
U17: Boys born on or after January 1, 1998

All interested players must register to participate with NPL teams this season (Register using the link below). Once registered, players are eligible to train throughout the NPL season with their appropriate age group. The game day roster will be formed by the coaching staff on a game-by-game basis from the players in the training pools.

NPL Player Registration

A few important notes:
– There will be a $150 registration cost to participate with FC Boulder’s NPL teams in the 2015-16 season. Registration is available using the link above.
– NPL registration fees cover each player’s US Club Soccer registration and insurance fees, field rental costs, team registration fees, referee fees, the cost of indoor training space and coaching stipends.
– Only 18 players may be selected for a game day roster; rosters will be selected by the NPL coaching staff on a game-by-game basis. There is no guarantee that a registered player will be selected to a game-day NPL roster and playing time on game days is not guaranteed to any player.
– Should any NPL team qualify for postseason play (NPL Regionals and NPL Finals), all players are expected to be available for team selection.
– US Club Soccer substitution rules apply to all age groups:

A maximum of 7 substitutions for each team shall be allowed in each game during each half of play and during overtime play. After leaving the game during a half of play, the substituted player may not re-enter the game during that same half of play. After leaving the game during overtime play, the substituted player may not re-enter the game.

Coaching Staff
The 2015-16 Head Coaching Staff is listed below. Each NPL team will have an assigned assistant coach(es).

2002s (U13) – James Wagenschutz
2001s (U14) – Kyle Lineberger
2000s (U15) – Phil Hufstader
1999s (U16) – Kyle Lineberger & Thomas Story
1998s (U17) – Luke Meadows

League Structure
FC Boulder competes in the Colorado Division of the Mountain Developmental League (MDL) along with Colorado Rush, Colorado Storm, Pride SC and Real Colorado.

What commitment does the NPL require?
NPL teams will practice outdoors throughout the winter as the weather allows and indoor at the Sports Performance Center as space and time allow.  Training sessions may run as frequently as 2-3x per week from 4PM until dark likely at at the East Boulder Community Center turf fields (other fields may be used if needed). Players will be expected to regularly attend training sessions. We are planning to schedule all games prior to the kickoff of the spring 2016 CSA regular season.

Please be sure to address all scheduling conflicts as far in advance as possible with the NPL coaching staff.

Please direct any general NPL-related questions to adam.hayes@fcboulder.com.

US Club Soccer – An Overview

The NPL is governed by US Club Soccer and provides a unified, league-based national developmental platform with the highest level of competition in given geographic areas. The NPL extends developmental principals espoused by the U.S. Soccer Development Academy into younger age groups and additional clubs, providing a platform for long-term player development.

More specifically, the NPL provides a platform that:

                      • Focuses on long-term player development;
                      • Supports the country’s top soccer clubs, allowing for consistent, meaningful, high-level matches appropriately scheduled with higher training-to-game ratios;
                      • Allow players to be scouted and evaluated by U.S. Soccer National Staff and Technical Advisors;
                      • Is designed and structured by the clubs, based on the needs of the clubs; and
                      • Provides an avenue for qualification for the NPL Finals (National Championship).

The NPL is an important component of US Club Soccer’s 10-year vision to refine the landscape for competitive youth soccer. This vision recognizes that:

                      • Properly structured youth soccer clubs are the vehicles through which player development does and must occur in the United States.
                      • Clubs should play in leagues that provide meaningful games, allow establishment of the proper training-to-game ratio, and eliminate calendar congestion.
                      • National Premier Leagues, as well as the best clubs, should be integrated in US Club Soccer’s id2 National Identification and Development Program, include Player Development Programs (PDP) in select local markets, and work closely with U.S. Soccer staff regarding player identification, and player and coach development.