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Pre-NPL League Structure, Timeline and Further Information

NorCal Premier Soccer is excited to announce the Pre-NPL league for U12-U13 boys and girls. The Pre-NPL is intended to bridge the gap between regionally-based leagues in younger age groups, and statewide competition in U14-U19 age groups (NPL and State Premier).

Our aim is to continue to provide the merit-based competition we believe so necessary for an enjoyable soccer environment while attempting to also recognize and reward clubs who invest in the long term development of the players, coaches, and clubs. By providing Pre-NPL in the U12-U13 age groups, we hope to promote parity of competition & maintain a merit-based competition structure where clubs earn places in the top divisions through on-field performance, while also ensuring that we reduce unnecessary travel and maintain the high on & off the field standards expected of clubs/teams in the U14-U19 NPL divisions, as part of a healthy developmental process.

The competition structure & qualification process of the existing NorCal NPL (U14-U19) will not be impacted.

NorCal Pre-NPL Schedules and Results

League Structure

Fall

Regionalized Divisions (North, South, East, West)

Spring

Pre-NPL Champions League Statewide (Top 10 Teams)
Pre-NPL 1 East, NPL 1 North, NPL 1 South, and NPL 1 West

Spring Division Formation

U12 Boys – 44 Teams

  • 10 Champions League
  • 34 Teams split regionally into 4 regionalized Pre-NPL 1 Divisions

U13B – 34 Teams

  • 10 Champions League
  • 24 Teams split regionally into 4 regionalized Pre-NPL 1 Divisions

U12G – 32 Teams

  • 10 Champions League
  • 21 Teams split regionally into 3 regionalized Pre-NPL 1 Divisions

U13G – 33 Teams

  • 10 Champions League
  • 23 Teams split regionally into 3 regionalized Pre-NPL 1 Divisions

Champions League Qualification Criteria

Teams are selected by the Pre-NPL competition committee for inclusion in the Pre-NPL statewide Spring Champions League based off the following criteria.

  1. Results (Pre-NPL, State Cup)
  2. Strength of Region
  3. Sportsmanship
  4. Technical Standards

2020-21 NPL Qualification

Pre-NPL teams from NPL clubs automatically qualify for the 2020-21 NorCal NPL in the U14 (07) age group. Wild Card teams ensure automatic qualification for the 2020-21 NorCal NPL by finishing in the top 4 of the U13 Pre-NPL Champions League. Additionally, teams that qualify for the Pre-NPL Champions League but do not finish in the top 4 and teams finishing in the top half of a spring Pre-NPL 1 division will auto-qualify for the 2020-21 NPL Qualification Playoffs.

U12-U13 PRE-NPL TIMELINE

FALL

Game Date #1 – August 24
Game Date #2 – September 7
State Cup Group 1 Game #1 – September 8
Game Date #3 – September 14
State Cup Group 1 Game #2 – September 22
Game Date #4 – October 5
Game Date #5 – October 12
Game Date #6 – October 19
State Cup Group 1 Game #3 – October 20
Game Date #7 – October 26
Game Date #8 – November 2
Game Date #9 – November 9
Game Date #10 – November 16
Game Date #11 – November 23
State Cup Group 2 Game #1 – December 7
Game Date #12 – December 14

Teams Reseeded based on Fall Competition

SPRING

State Cup Group 2 Game #2 U13B – January 18
State Cup Group 2 Game #3 U13B – January 19
State Cup Group 2 Game #2 and #3 U12B – January 26
State Cup Quarterfinals – February 8
State Cup Semifinals – February 9
State Cup Finals – February 22
Game Date #13 – February 29
Game Date #14 – March 7
Game Date #15 – March 14
Game Date #16 – March 21
Game Date #17 – March 28
Game Date #18 – April 4
Game Date #19 – April 18
Game Date #20 – April 25
Game Date #21 – May 2
Game Date #22 – May 9
Game Date #23 – May 16