What IS NPL?

The NPL is a national competition platform that was created to elevate and change the competitive youth soccer landscape by providing meaningful weekly competition culminating in the NPL Finals.

NPL provides a platform that is:

  • focused on long-term player development
  • for the country’s top soccer clubs, allowing consistent and meaningful high-level games that are appropriately scheduled with higher training-to-game ratios
  • integrated with the id² Program, which includes Player Development Programs (PDPs) in select local markets, and that works closely with U.S. Soccer staff regarding player identification, and player and coach development
  • providing an avenue for qualification for the NPL Finals and Elite National Premier League

NPL Central States Conference

The Central States NPL joined the National Premier Leagues beginning with the 2017-18 season, and through the league’s first two seasons has won three Girls NPL Finals championships.

The conference provide U13, U14, U15, U16, U17 and U19 teams (Boys and Girls) the same and consistent platform to play at.  Teams from Kansas, Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska make up the Central States conference. League winners from girls age groups advance to the 2020 Girls NPL Finals, where they will join the rest of the country’s NPLs in pursuit of national championships. On the boys’ side, qualifiers advance to the 2020 ENPL National Playoffs.


Puma FC will join the NPL for both the Girls and Boys Central States Division beginning in Fall of 2020 with teams for U13 (2008), U14 (2007), U15 (2006), U16 (2005), U17 (2004) and U18/19 (2003/ 2002 – merged birth year team).

Tryouts for these teams TBA.

The Puma FC NPL teams will be the elite tier of the club and therefore have higher expectations & requirements for commitment, training and some travel as opposed to our other competitive teams.

All of Puma FC NPL teams will practice 3 times per week (2 in the winter months) and play NPL League games as well as local league games and college showcase events / elite level tournaments.  All age groups have the potential to move onto the NPL Regional and National playoff series. All high school aged players will be able to participate in High School soccer as the seasons do not conflict.

Want to Find Out More?

We are hosting an additional Zoom NPL Informational Meeting on Thursday May 14th at 6:00 PM. Join us to ask questions and find out more by registering below.