SEATTLE - August 23, 2018 - The Puget Sound Premier League want to congratulate ISC Gunners for being one of four Washington clubs that will be part of a senior boys league with four Oregon clubs.
The Northwest NPL will feature Boys 15U, 16U, 17U and 19U teams in an event-based competition between Oregon and Washington teams.
The Northwest NPL has been granted Elite National Premier League status by US Club Soccer. The ENPL is considered the top echelon of club soccer for boys outside of the USSF Development Academy for senior boys.
As part of the agreement with US Club, Washington NPL's equivalent boys divisions will have the opportunity to compete against the top teams from the Northwest NPL. Winners of our Washington NPL divisions will compete in a playoff match against Northwest NPL's second place finisher.
The winner of that playoff match advances to the ENPL national playoff tournament. The loser will play in the NPL Finals, which is considered the second division of NPL's national club playoff system. The Washington NPL will receive a second automatic slot to the NPL Finals.
The inclusion of the Gunners is validation of the competitive strength of the entire PSPL league and its clubs, which have pushed the Gunners hard in weekly league and cup competitions over the past 10 years. It also speaks well of the Gunners' program.
The Gunners will join Crossfire, Washington Premier and Snohomish United as the four Washington clubs that will form the ENPL division of the Northwest NPL. They will join four Oregon clubs - FC Portland Academy, Crossfire Oregon, Eastside Timbers and United PDX.
The ENPL Division is a closed, supplemental qualifying league for boys only that advance its winners to the ENPL national tournament. All clubs will continue to play in their respective local leagues and then compete separately in the Northwest NPL.
The Washington NPL will remain an open NPL league that welcomes clubs and teams to participate in the NPL divisions if they meet the league's policies and standards. The NPL is US Club Soccer's top national league for club soccer. The Elite National Premier League is the top division for boys within the NPL structure. For information on the NPL program, click NPL
Again, congrats to the Gunners for being recognized as one of Washington's top clubs!