The National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) yesterday announced the schedule for the upcoming U-19 Pilot Program.
“It’s tremendous to have the NPSL invest in something that has so much potential, and that’s directed at local players to help them progress through to their senior teams,” NPSL Chairman
Kenny Farrell said. “With the roster rules allowing three overage players on each squad, the NPSL U-19 pilot really differentiates itself from other programs. This U-19 pilot shows the NPSL’s commitment to player development by providing a new platform that will allow the best players to develop and move on to the top professional leagues.”
The pilot will begin on August 28th and conclude on November 8th. Each team will play a total of eight games: four home and four away.
The teams participating in the U-19 pilot include AFC Mobile, New Orleans Jesters, Pensacola FC, Port City FC, and Southern States SC.
“The launch of the U-19 pilot is very exciting for us,” NPSL Managing Director Cindy Spera said. “This product was designed to bridge the gap for players that have outgrown youth soccer,
and who want to prepare for the next level – the NPSL level. It is not a youth league product. The players and coaches involved understand the goals and are anxious to get back onto the field
in competitive games.”
Port City's General Manager, Luke Berry, added "We're excited to finally have some Port City soccer to look forward to! With the current pandemic, we've had to be careful about not rushing our return to normalcy. Thankfully, our summer program was successful and aided us in getting used to our new protocols in order to protect our players, staff and supporters."
Director of Football, Henrik Madsen, was also happy to see competitive soccer returning to the coast "This is a great program to test our youth against some of the best players in the region at their age group. We're in the process of finalizing our roster, this will be a great opportunity for those taking part."
A complete schedule with dates, times, and locations can be found here.