Mid-Atlantic Premier League gaining momentum, expands ahead of 2024-25 season

Editor’s Note (June 28): Monmouth United SC has now also joined the Mid-Atlantic Premier League for next season. The article has been adjusted to include the New Jersey-based club.

CHARLESTON, S.C. (June 27, 2024) – The Mid-Atlantic Premier League, a new member league of the National Premier Leagues (NPL) platform beginning with the 2024-25 season, is expanding to welcome seven new clubs and both boys and girls programming. The expansion comes just three months after the league celebrated its acceptance into the NPL. Previously announced as an all-girls league, the new clubs now open up a boys division and competitive depth across all age groups.

Mid-Atlantic Premier League member clubs are also competing in ECNL Regional League, and this NPL level of play offers additional opportunities for U-13 through U-19 teams. Here are the clubs with the newest members indicated by asterisks:

  • Cohansey SC (NJ)*
  • FC Copa Academy (NJ)
  • LVU Rush (PA)
  • LI Slammers (NY)
  • Manhattan SC (NY)
  • Maroons SC (NJ)*
  • Monmouth United SC (NJ)*
  • Morris Elite SC (NJ)*
  • New Jersey Crush (NJ)
  • Next Level SA (NJ)
  • NY Surf (NY)
  • Parsippany SC (NJ)*
  • PDA/SC Vistula (NJ)*
  • Princeton FC (NJ)*
  • Quickstrike FC (NY)
  • PDA Sporting Club Premier (NJ)
  • Union County FC (NJ)*

“We want to create a special environment that will allow players to excel, be competitive with friends, and achieve their goals,” said Ash Nesbit, Mid-Atlantic Premier League Boys Director. “Setting this up in the Northeast is important, as we have many talented players and good coaches. Travel can be a big obstacle, and we want to reduce that for our families across the league. I look forward to seeing this league grow and watching players take advantage of the extra exposure.” 

Participating teams will compete for qualification to the 2025 NPL Finals, which will be held in July in Denver, Colorado, where qualifiers compete against other regional NPL member leagues throughout the country for championships. The NPL’s vision is to serve youth soccer by forming and collaborating with leagues, adopting the Players First philosophy and supporting US Club Soccer’s mission to foster the development of clubs.

Questions and league membership interest can be emailed to mid-atlanticpl@usclubsoccer.org.

Quotes from Mid-Atlantic Premier League member clubs:

”Cohansey is thrilled to announce we are joining the NPL’s Mid-Atlantic Premier League. We are excited to work with like-minded clubs and give our boys a chance to compete in a club vs. club league with a championship opportunity through the NPL Finals. The NPL also provides additional college recruitment opportunity for our high school players.” – Dan Sepers, Vice President of Cohansey SC

“FC Copa Academy is honored to be one of the founding members of the NPL’s Mid-Atlantic Premier League boys division, alongside other prestigious clubs. Collaborating to offer our players optimal opportunities to compete at the highest levels within a premier club platform strengthens our holistic club model and enriches our presence throughout our academy locations. We are particularly privileged to embark on this journey alongside other esteemed clubs and eagerly anticipate the path ahead.” – Roberto Aguas, Director of Coaching of FC Copa Academy

“We are excited to be part of the Mid-Atlantic Premier League and for the exposure our boys will get. The NPL will help provide a pathway to regional and national events. It helps us continue to give players a chance to foster their skills in a challenging environment and give even greater opportunities to our community.” – Ben Manning, co-Director of Coaching for Maroons SC

“Morris Elite Soccer Club is excited to be a founding member of the NPL boys division. We believe working alongside like-minded clubs as well as a direct pathway to a national platform will provide an exceptional environment for our players.” – Scott Maloney, Director of Coaching & Soccer Operations of Morris Elite SC

“Next Level SA is excited to be a part of the Mid-Atlantic Premier League for the 2024-25 season and beyond. With our girls’ side joining the league a couple months back, it was only natural for us to look closely at this for our boys. With the group of clubs, club leaders, and quality organizations that will be involved in this new league, this was a no brainer for us. We love working with others in the soccer community that want to achieve common goals. We can’t wait to get going, as our boys program continues to grow and positively evolve as a place for player development within central Jersey.” – Brian Thomsen, Technical Director of Next Level SA

“We are delighted to be a founding member of the boys NPL division within the Mid-Atlantic Premier League. The club vs. club format, as well as working with like-minded people, is a huge bonus for our club. The players will benefit from this platform, and we shall be able to create fantastic player experiences.” – Ash Nesbit, Director of PDA Sporting Club Premier

“We look forward to competing and working with like-minded clubs to enhance players development. We’re looking forward to the future of all clubs involved and being a part of the growth of this platform.” – Sam Nellins, Academy Director of PDA/SC Vistula

“We are thrilled to be one of the founding clubs of the boys NPL division of the Mid-Atlantic Premier League. This exciting opportunity marks a significant milestone for our club, providing our players, coaches, and families with unparalleled benefits and experiences. We are confident that our membership in the NPL will be a transformative experience for our club. It aligns with our mission to provide our players with the best possible environment for their athletic and personal development. We look forward to the upcoming season and the opportunities ahead.” – Yordan Hristov, Director of Coaching for Princeton FC

“As the director of coaching for Monmouth United, I am excited to announce our club’s participation in the NPL, as it allows us to add a crucial step in our pathway pyramid that provides our players at the high school age groups opportunities to compete in national events and gives college exposure. This opportunity will not only enhance our players’ development but also showcase their abilities, creating new and exciting opportunities for their soccer careers. We are eager to see our players rise to the challenge and excel in this competitive environment.” – Lee Drury, DOC of Monmouth United SC

“Our mission as a club is to provide all of our members with a meaningful experience in an environment that allows them to challenge themselves, as well as to enjoy the experience. We know that through this platform, we will be able to help our members continue to grow. US Club Soccer focuses on the needs of the players, through a multitude of well-known initiatives and the high-level leagues part of its platform. This aligns very well with the vision, mission and values of the Union County Football Club. We are excited to become a part of the NPL platform and look very much forward to what this collaboration will bring to our organization and our members.” – Ruben Vloedgraven, DOC of Union County FC

“We are very excited to be back in the NPL. Our players will have the opportunity to play in a competitive and consistent environment where development of the players is the primary goal. We believe in long-term development, and the NPL platform’s club-based structure allows us to work with all our players with the same goal in mind, keep improving and competing against the top teams and clubs in our region. Not many clubs have the same opportunity of getting invited to play under the NPL structure. We are very happy for our players to have this chance to compete in this league.” – Stan Matlak, DOC and Technical Director of Parsippany SC


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