St. Louis Scott Gallagher Soccer Club

SLSG IL - NPL Program

SLSG IL - NPL Program

The NPL provides a unified, league-based national developmental platform with the highest level of competition in its geographic areas.


Created to elevate and change the competitive youth soccer landscape based upon US Club Soccer’s fundamental principles, the NPL extends developmental principals espoused by the U.S. Soccer Development Academy into younger age groups and additional clubs, providing a platform for long-term player development.

 

More specifically, the NPL provides a platform:

  • Focused on long-term player development;
  • For the country’s top soccer clubs, allowing consistent, meaningful high-level games appropriately scheduled with higher training-to-game ratios;
  • Allows players to be scouted and evaluated by U.S. Soccer National Staff and Technical Advisors;
  • That is designed and structured by the clubs, based on the needs of the clubs; and
  • That provides an avenue for qualification for the NPL Champions Cup.

SLSG IL - Pre-Academy Program

SLSG IL - NPL Pre-Academy

HISTORY

The SLSG Illinois Pre‐Academy program, developed under the technical framework of the US Soccer Development Academy, was launched in the fall of 2009 in response to the fact that the traditional youth soccer model was not adequate in preparing players for transition into the US Soccer Development Academy program.

The Pre-Academy program started with a single team of 16 players coming from the U13 and U14 age groups. Due to its’ success in year one the program has since grown and now includes over 90 players ages 11-15 years old. In 2012, 85% of the players on the U16 Development Academy team were members of the SLSG Metro Pre-Academy program for 2+ years prior to being selected into the Development Academy.

TEAMS - U12 Pre-Academy

Our U12 Pre-Academy program is the entry level and consists of a pool of 22 players who compete in both 9v9 and 11v11 formats given the variety in physical development that is present at this age. The competitive calendar includes league play, tournament play as well as friendlies with other Academy clubs. Players train 2-3 times per week.

TEAMS - U13 and U14 Pre-Academy Teams

The U13 and U14 Pre-Academy teams all compete in the US Club National Premier Leagues- Midwest Developmental League (MDL). The MDL consists of 11 other Academy clubs in the Midwest including several Major League Soccer Clubs (Chicago Fire, Sporting KC, Columbus Crew) along with a select group of elite non-Academy clubs. Players train 3-4 times per week.

STAFFING

SLSG Illinois Pre-Academy teams are staffed with coaches from the Development Academy program. In order to prepare players for competition in the Development Academy, players need to be under the guidance of a coach who knows, through experience, exactly what players need to be success at the next level. Furthermore, we are one of only a select few clubs in the entire nation whose Pre-Academy program is staffed by coaches who have all obtained the USSF National “A” License, which is the highest level of coaching licensing available in the United States.

SLSG IL - High School Boys NPL Program

SLSG IL - HS Boys NPL Program

TEAMS - U16 NPL /U18 NPL

Both teams compete in the US Club National Premier Leagues- Midwest Developmental League (MDL). The MDL consists of 11 other Academy clubs in the Midwest including several Major League Soccer Clubs (Chicago Fire, Sporting KC, and Columbus Crew) along with a select group of elite non-Academy clubs. Players train 3-4 times per week.

STAFFING

SLSG Illinois NPL teams are staffed with coaches from the Development Academy program. In order to prepare players for competition in the Development Academy, players need to be under the guidance of a coach who knows, through experience, exactly what players need to be success at the next level.

SLSG IL - Boys Leagues

SLSG IL - Girls Leagues

SLSG IL - NPL Contacts

SLSG IL - NPL Program Contacts

Shawn Hewitt - shewitt@slsgsoccer.com

Jeremy Alumbaugh - jalumbaugh@slsgsoccer.com

Dale Schilly - dschilly@slsgsoccer.com

Blake Decker - bdecker@slsgsoccer.com

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