Letter from CEO Kevin Payne | Preparing for summer events

March 10, 2021


Dear members,

As leagues across the country are returning to play, we are optimistic about the months ahead. US Club Soccer has been working diligently to safely relaunch our in-person programming, educational and competition opportunities.

Most notably, we are excited to be moving forward in the preparation of our summer events. We have had exciting membership growth over the past year, and we are thrilled to welcome these members to our competition series this summer.

In recent weeks we have announced plans for our National Cup XX summer events and are finalizing plans for both boys and girls NPL post seasons. While the girls NPL postseason structure will remain the same as years past, the boys post season will have a different structure. 

Due to the significant growth of both the NPL and ECNL platforms, the two leagues have decided to participate in separate post season competitions. 

This year’s boys NPL post season will be two-stages for U-14 through U-17 age brackets and include East and West Playoff events in late June followed by the NPL Finals in mid-July.  The U-13 and U-18/19 age brackets will have a single-stage post season.

Due to the varying impact of COVID-19 on our leagues across the country, events and the number of qualification spots are subject to change. Please make sure to understand cancellation policies for any air travel or hotel accommodations booked.

We appreciate our members’ forbearance and discipline over the past year, and we look forward to returning closer to normal. Please remain diligent in ensuring that players, parents, coaches and staff have that safe environment to enjoy the game we love.


Kevin Payne
CEO/Executive Director


A National Association member of the U.S. Soccer Federation, US Club Soccer fosters the growth and development of soccer clubs in order to create the best possible environment for players of all ages.

Anchored by Players First and its five pillars of Club Development, Coaching Development, Player Development, Parent Engagement & Education and Player Health & Safety, US Club Soccer offers registration, league- and cup-based competition platforms, player identification and a variety of other programming, resources and services.

US Club Soccer is sponsored by Nike and supported by LaLiga through a technical partnership.

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