NISL qualifies U-15 to U-18/19 girls champions to 2022 NPL Finals

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Nov. 30, 2021) – Following the conclusion of its fall season, the Northern Illinois Soccer League (NISL) has crowned its National Premier Leagues (NPL) girls champions for the U-15 through U-18/19 age groups. Each of the champions have earned direct qualification for the 2022 NPL Finals, July 7-11, 2022, in Commerce City, Colorado.

Four teams from three clubs have earned the right to represent the league this summer after successful fall campaigns. Below is a list of the NISL girls fall champions and 2022 NPL Finals qualifiers for the U-15 through U-18/19 age groups:

La Grange Celtics First XI led the way qualifying two NISL girls teams for the 2022 NPL Finals in the U-15 and U-16 age groups. Elite S.C. U-17 NPL earned the NISL’s U-17 spot, while Pegasus FC Premier NPL qualified for the U-18/19 place. NPL Finals qualifiers for the final two age groups in girls play (U-13 and U-14) and boys U-13 through U-18/19 competition will be determined following the spring season.

“We are very excited to be a part of NPL Finals,” said Brian Kapusta, La Grange Celtics coach. “This is only the second time (’06 last year) and team (’06 and ’07s) that we have qualified as a club. The energy and excitement from the girls, parents and club are through the roof. We survived a very competitive league season to earn the qualification and aim to represent our region in the best way. I would like to thank our families for their commitment and dedication.”

The 2022 NPL Girls postseason structure has qualifying teams from the U-13 through U-18/19 age brackets participating in a single-stage postseason event, the NPL Girls Finals, where qualifiers from member NPLs throughout the country will compete for the national title.

To help celebrate this year’s NPL postseason, leagues and clubs are encouraged to highlight finals and playoffs qualifiers, submit story suggestions, as well as share photos and videos by tagging @USClubSoccerNPL on Twitter, tagging @nationalpremierleagues on Instagram, or emailing communications@usclubsoccer.org.

For more details on the NPL boys and girls postseason, please visit usclubsoccer.org/npl.


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