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Youth Premier Leagues

Youth Premier League Overview

The NorCal Youth Premier League encompasses the vast majority of leagues that operate in Northern California. With over 3,000 teams participating in the U11-U19 ages across multiple divisions of play and regions, the Youth Premier League aims to provide appropriate competition while limiting travel, available year-round to every team in Northern California.

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Division Formation Process

The NorCal Competitions Staff works hard to ensure that every team gets placed in an appropriate division that will give them quality games and limit unnecessary travel. To achieve this, follow a multi-step process to solicit feedback and get information about a team to properly place them. When reviewing applications and creating divisions, the NorCal Competitions Staff takes the following areas into account:

  • Competitive level history & past performance of the team
  • Team’s location
  • Preferred division reported on the application

Your preferred division request does not guarantee your team’s placement in that level of play.


Once divisions are formed, NorCal posts preliminary divisions for feedback to all club leaders, coaches and team managers. This is a final and important check to make sure that teams are placed at the appropriate level. Make sure that you double check your team placement when it is sent out. Once divisions are finalized teams can not be moved!

Levels of Play

The NorCal Youth Premier League features the following divisions (in order of competitiveness and level of play):

  • State Premier League (U14-U19 only)
  • Premier
  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Bronze
  • Copper

It is our aim to have one division per age group per region in each of the levels listed above. Due to the number of teams in different regions and levels, this is not always possible. In general (but not in all cases), when this happens in higher divisions (Premier, Gold) regions will be combined ie: Region 1/2 Premier. When this happens in lower divisions (Silver, Bronze, Cooper) levels will be combined ie: Region 1 Silver/ Bronze.


The NorCal Youth Premier League offers year-round competition at all levels, with leagues in:

  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
  • Summer

Each league is set up individually so that teams can decide which seasons make the most sense for them to participate in.


NorCal provides each division winner with team awards, in the form of banners (see photo above). Banners are awarded as follows :

  • 7v7 – 12 small banners, 1 large banner
  • 9v9 – 16 small banners, 1 large banner
  • 11v11 – 22 small banners, 1 large banner


If your team finished in FIRST PLACE in their division, you will receive an email from one of our event coordinators asking you to complete a form with your mailing address so we can send you the banners for your team.

If you do not receive an email, your team has not been counted as the winner.

We will begin mailing awards in mid-December. We know many teams have end-of-season parties before this time; however, we cannot accommodate requests for awards to be sent early.