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Yellowstone Premier League Announced as Fall 2020 Newest NPL

Miami Beach, Florida (October 5, 2020) - IEP Soccer is excited to announce the start of the Yellowstone Premier League (YPL)! The Yellowstone Premier League will kick off its inaugural season this Fall 2020, with the leagues first Match Day scheduled for October 15-18, 2020. The YPL will be a member of US Club Soccer's - National Premier Leagues (NPL) and is proud to welcome its Founding Club Members! 

The following clubs are founding members of the YPL:

Idaho Surf
Montana Surf/Blitzz FC
Northern Utah United
Urban Soccer Academy
Utah Surf 

The first-year league will offer two schedules/levels of play for 11-U through 19-U boys and girls teams with top divisions of 13-U and older age groups participating in the NPL pathway.

The Yellowstone Premier League was created to form a regional environment focused on player development. “We are excited to have connected with a fantastic group of like-minded club leaders in this region. These leaders are forward-thinking and are truly committed to collaborating on and off the field to help grow the game. From the first conversations, myself and these directors all knew this was something the area needed so we are excited to be able to kick off during these unprecedented times! said Mayowa Owolabi, IEP Soccer Founder.

The youngest age groups – 11-U through 14-U – will play a 12-game season split between the fall and the spring, while the older NPL divisions play 9 games from January to March. YPL has developed an event-based calendars to limit the amount of travel and to centralize key match days for maximum exposure for players, families, coaches, and scouts.

As an NPL member league, the Yellowstone Premier League enjoys a pathway to postseason opportunities for both its boys and girls clubs.

Below are quotes from the Founding Member Club Directors:

Shawn Watts, Founder and Executive Director of Idaho Surf had this to say about joining the YPL, "The Yellowstone Premier League has been designed in such a way that we are able to utilize its platform to get more meaningful games against clubs regionally. We could not be more excited to be a founding member as we watch not just this league grow but also watch our players grow in a true developmental structured league."

When asked about why Montana Surf / Blitzz FC was excited to be announced as a founding member, Kristin Taylor, Board of Directors President of Montana Surf / Blitzz FC had this to say, “For more than 35 years, Montana Surf / Blitzz FC has been the premier soccer club in SW Montana, offering everything from recreational soccer to high-level preparation for college play. We constantly strive to provide diverse and high quality opportunities to our players and, with that in mind, are honored to be a founding member club of the Yellowstone Premier League.”

"We look forward to growing with the league and achieving great successes. The goals and ambitions of the Yellowstone Premier League match well with our vision as a club. The Yellowstone Premier League has a great group of clubs as founding members that we are very much looking forward to working closely with. Urban Soccer Academy looks forward to competing at the highest level possible in the region and beginning to grow the recognition of the region on a national level. Thank you Yellowstone Premier League for giving us the opportunity." stated George Hunt, Technical Director at Urban Soccer Academy.

Blaine Hale, Executive Director of Utah Surf had this to say about his clubs excitement about joining the Yellowstone Premier League, "With the Yellowstone Premier League coming into this area we are excited to be able to provide additional experiences and opportunities to our young athletes. New competition and new pathways is exciting during these times!"

"Since 1989 Northern Utah United has been serving the Cache Valley Utah and surrounding communities by providing recreational programs and facilitating competitive play for teams to compete in local and state competition. With an emphasis on coaching development in recent years, NUU has committed to focusing more on player and team development through programming with an emphasis on coaching education. The opportunity to be a founding member club of the Yellowstone Premier League fits in with the NUU vision by providing an atmosphere where teams can execute learned principles of play in a competitive environment. Northern Utah United is proud to be a founding club for the Yellowstone Premier league, and grateful for the opportunity for NUU coaches and teams to enjoy a greater regional camaraderie and unite our efforts in the growth of the western United States technical soccer community. United, is more than a name. United, is what we are." stated Jeff Ginn, Director of Coaching at Northern Utah United

And as US Club Soccer members, the new league benefits from a plethora of resources and support. US Club Soccer’s mission is to foster the growth and development of soccer clubs throughout the country to create the best possible development environment for players of all ages in every club. The primary vehicle for accomplishing that ambition is Players First: a branded, holistic club soccer experience for parents and players which emphasizes the development of each individual to his or her full potential, and helps parents make better choices about where their children should play.

That Players First philosophy is supported by best-in-class partners and resources, including LaLiga, and is anchored by five pillars: Club Development, Coaching Development, Player Development, Parent Engagement & Education, and Player Health & Safety. In particular, Player Health & Safety is the emphasis, as US Club Soccer prides itself on fostering the safest environment for players in youth sports. US Club Soccer has stringent requirements for all staff registration/eligibility and also provides a variety of safety-related resources and recommendations to members.

The YPL is currently still accepting team and club applications. All interested teams and clubs should reach out directly to the league at [email protected]

ABOUT YELLOWSTONE PREMIER LEAGUE:

General Overview: Yellowstone Premier League (YPL) is an organization created to provide sporting activities and opportunities for young people, regardless of race, religion, or economic status, in urban communities. Yellowstone Premier League will design and implement youth soccer programs with academic and social standards that will develop young people into well-rounded members of our community.  

Mission: The mission of the Yellowstone Premier League is to provide a constant learning environment that develops soccer players from ages 5 - 20+ to their fullest athletic, educational, and social potential regardless of gender, physical abilities, or background. This will be accomplished by providing holistic instruction and competitive opportunities that enhance character, sense of team, community, and passion for the game of soccer.

ABOUT US CLUB SOCCER:

A National Association member of the U.S. Soccer Federation, US Club Soccer fosters the growth and development of soccer clubs in order to create the best possible environment for players of all ages.

Anchored by Players First and its five pillars of Club Development, Coaching Development, Player Development, Parent Engagement & Education, and Player Health & Safety, US Club Soccer offers registration, league- and cup-based competition platforms, player identification, and a variety of other programming, resources, and services.

US Club Soccer is sponsored by Nike and supported by LaLiga through a technical partnership.

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Miami Beach, Florida 33193

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 703-499-7681

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