High Level Youth Soccer League Adds Prestigious Youth Powerhouses
UPDATED: The Development Player League (DPL) has expanded, adding several top clubs for the 2019/2020 Season.
Now, the DPL is joined also by Real Colorado and Colorado Rush for the 2019/2020 Season.
The DPL provides a development structure that focuses on playing more meaningful games within highly professional game day environments, more training, high-level coaching, development before winning attitude, and great exposure in major college showcase events.
The expansion will result in conference games, Regional and National Showcases as well as a Championship Series at the end of the season which will rival any other platform in the country and provide players with
“The expansion of the DPL Nationally into key markets is driven by the desire of top clubs to find the most impactful environments for their top player pools,” said Barry Ritson, Executive Director of LA Premier who also runs the day to day operations of the DPL. “With college exposure as a driving factor, we strongly believe this next stage of the DPL evolution will continue to gain traction around the country.
“Top clubs, with some of the brightest minds in theBarry Ritson – Director of DPL
countryare working together to take the DPL to the next level,”
Existing DPL clubs in the Southwest include: Albion SC, Beach FC, LA Galaxy, LA Galaxy San Diego, LA Premier FC, Legends FC, Orange County Surf, Pateadores, Real So Cal, San Diego Surf, SC Del Sol and Utah Royals FC.
“Real Colorado is excited to compete in the DPL for the 2019-2020 season. As we see the youth soccer environment continue to change and evolve, it was an easy decision to partner with an elite group of clubs and leaders to add value to our membership, offer increased college exposure and exciting competition.”Jared Spires – Real Colorado
Noah Gins, Executive Director of Albion SC / ASC San Diego and one of the founding members of the DPL believes the expansion will benefit youth soccer players all across the country.
“The DPL continues to create a pathway for players to find success and gain a great competitive model and excellent exposure,” said Gins. “To expand nationally and bring in the top clubs will enable the DPL to meet the needs of more talented players in the USA.”
“DPL AND ECNL COMPETE WITH SIMILAR PLAYER POOLS WITH GAMES ON A COMPARABLE LEVEL.”Noah Gins
“The DA is the highest level of player development in the USA. The DPL and ECNL are both competitive in the youth soccer landscape, but the advantage of the DPL is that players are able to advance to the DA,” added Gins.
“Colorado Rush is excited to be joining the Development Player League. This National Platform not only provides high-quality competition for more of our players but it will also allow those players to have more opportunity to showcase their talent on a national scale as well as more exposure to college coaches.”John Carroll – Colorado Rush
“Being a part of the DPL is valuable for today’s best youth soccer club and their players’ future. The San Diego Surf SC was instrumental in working with teams in and out of our region to help create a platform that will provide national exposure for DPL’s talented players,”Rob Becerra – Senior Director of Coaching at Surf Soccer Club
“OC Surf is also excited by the outstanding quality of all of the clubs joining the DLP for next season and for the additional opportunities and exposure that this expansion will provide for every player,” Mike Higgins, General Manager of OC Surf.
Founded on the ideology of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, the DPL is designed to expand the Girls Development Academy (DA) player pool for participating clubs.
DLP Expansion Clubs for 2019/2020
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- Colorado Rush
- Dallas Texans
- FC Dallas
- Houston Dash
- Real Colorado
- FC Virginia
- Palm Beach Gardens
- USA / Mt Pleasant
The DPL offers a highly professional training environment and competitive model for aspiring DA players, bridging the gap between club soccer and DA soccer — while allowing players the flexibility to play high school soccer.
“Tophat is extremely excited to compete in the DPL for 2019-2020 season! We believe that the DPL will be a tremendous platform in which our players can showcase themselves nationally and compete regularly with some of the biggest and best soccer clubs in the country.”Troy Garner – Tophat
“Legends is excited we are building our DPL into a national platform. From day 1 we have wanted to create a national league with championships, while still maintaining the standards set forth in both the DA and the DPL.”Kevin Boyd – Legends FC
“The addition of other regions as well as the calibr of clubs joining from those regions, allows us to create that national platform with a tremendous level of competition,” said Boyd.
“We are excited about the expansion of the DPL nationwide. The inclusion of these top clubs will just add value for our club membership and certainly bring increased college exposure for our players.”Matt Grubb – FC Dallas
‘Lonestar is extremely excited about the expansion of the DPL across the USA. Together we will utilize the DPL to enhance player development through a consistent playing environment and level of competition.”Wes Schevers – Lonestar