Minnesota NPL qualifiers aim high at 2022 NPL Playoffs, Finals

CHARLESTON, S.C. (June 23, 2022) – The Minnesota NPL has qualified its top boys and girls teams to the 2022 NPL West Playoffs and NPL Finals. In total, 12 teams earned slots to the national postseason after a challenging regular season competing at the top level of the Twin Cities Soccer Leagues.

The Minnesota NPL first joined the National Premier Leagues platform in 2018 as a girls-only league. Since then, it has experienced remarkable growth – now servicing U-13 through U-19 boys and girls clubs – and has prepared numerous teams that annually contend within the National Premier Leagues postseason against other qualifiers across the country.

Minnesota Thunder Academy won four division titles, while Lakeville SC was close behind, winning three. St. Croix Academy claimed a pair of age groups.

The six qualifying girls teams will head directly to the 2022 NPL Finals, July 7-11 at DICK’S Sporting Goods Park in Denver, CO. The U-14 through U-17 boys qualifiers face a two-stage competition, next competing in the NPL Boys West Playoffs with ultimate aspirations of the NPL Finals. The U-13 boys will see their postseason end at NPL West Playoffs, where a champion is crowned. The U-18/19 boys division is a single-stage competition, as well, with that qualifier competing at the NPL Finals.


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