Central States NPL expands girls competition ahead of 2024-25 season

CHARLESTON, S.C. (April 4, 2024) – The Central States NPL, a US Club Soccer-sanctioned league and regional representative within the National Premier Leagues platform, is welcoming three new girls clubs as it expands across Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.

Gateway Rush, Gretna Elite Academy and Missouri Rush are joining the all-girls league for the 2024-25 season. For Missouri Rush, it’s an expansion of the club to bring in a second team for all age groups. Here are the member clubs of Central States NPL for next season:

  • Gateway Rush (Caseyville, IL)
  • Gretna Elite Academy (Gretna, NE)
  • JB Marine SC (Maryland Heights, MO)
  • Kansas City Scott Gallagher (Kansas City, MO)
  • Kansas City Surf (Overland Park, KS)
  • Missouri Rush – Blue (O’Fallon, MO)
  • Missouri Rush – White (O’Fallon, MO)
  • Sporting Nebraska FC (Omaha, NE)
  • Sting Nebraska (Omaha, NE)
  • Vision Soccer Academy (Waukee, IA)

While the additions represent an expansion of the league’s competition in the area, the Central States NPL also continues to broaden its programming, facilitating local implementation of US Club Soccer coach education and Player Development Programs (PDP).

“Gateway Rush Soccer Club is proud to announce the inclusion of our girls program in the Central States NPL beginning in the fall,” said Joe Reiniger, Owner and Executive Director of Gateway Rush Soccer Club. “This US Club Soccer platform will provide our teams with the opportunity to compete with other top clubs from the Midwest region. Our girls will vie for qualification in numerous regional events with the potential to represent our club at the national level. We are extremely happy to be joining the Central States NPL and believe that the NPL will play an important role in the advancement and development of every age level in our girls program. We are excited to see our girls complete at this exciting new level.”

“We are beyond excited to announce the addition of a second team to the Central States NPL, enhancing our commitment to the player experience,” said Wendy Dillinger, Girls Director at Missouri Rush. “This move aligns with our mission to foster growth and elevate the level of competition. By expanding our presence, we provide a broader platform for our players, reinforcing our dedication to their development and enjoyment of the game. This is a significant step forward for Missouri Rush as we continue to enrich the player experience and uphold our core values.”

“Gretna Elite Academy is delighted to be part of the Central States NPL and offer another competitive platform for our girls teams,” said Mitch Kavanagh, Director of Coaching at Gretna Elite Academy. “We are thankful to the leadership for allowing us the opportunity. Developmentally, we know the league will be a great benefit and we look forward to bringing a great game day environment at our new fields.”


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