Qualifying boys’ teams in five age groups from 14-U to 19-U from the Northern Illinois Soccer League (NISL) will advance to the ENPL Playoffs in June 2018. These teams will earn qualification to the postseason ENPL Playoffs based on their performances throughout the regular season.
NISL member clubs can be found on this web page.
“The NISL is pleased that US Club Soccer has introduced and added the ENPL competition as the highest level of a playoff platform,” said Peter Richardson, NISL President. “This now provides the top of the pyramid of club competition, which is just below U.S. Soccer Academy competition. Clubs and players will be able to clearly see the US Club’s competition pyramid. The pyramid is now complete.”
“The NISL is excited for the new ENPL playoff platform,” added Brendan Eitz, NISL Technical Director. “With Chicago-land being one of the major competitive market places in the country, the NISL looks forward to additional opportunities that the ENPL will provide for our clubs and organizations.”
Quotes from member clubs:
- David Richardson, Sockers FC President & Technical Director: “We see this as a great opportunity for our teams that play in our local league (NISL) to qualify into a regional and national platform against like-minded clubs. With qualification and standards being common throughout all the leagues in the United States.”
- Chad Flanders, Campton United Technical Director: “NISL has done a great job representing the Chicago-land area and has been highly successful at the NPL Finals. We’re a strong market that will continue to represent the Midwest area. To be involved with the ENPL is a great opportunity. In the future, NISL will continue to be a good representative of the area and compete well at the ENPL level.”
- Dino Delevski, Chicago Inferno Technical Director: “We are very excited about the introduction of the ENPL, and we are looking forward to its format. NPL and the NISL have played a great role in the direction of our club, and we are confident that ENPL will only bring more to it. I feel that US Club Soccer is taking the right path by allowing clubs to earn their placement according to the level of their performance and it is everything that Chicago Inferno stands for.”