What it means to be a Designated Member Club of NorCal's National Premier League
California Odyssey Soccer Club is one of the original members of NorCal's National Premier League. Odyssey has been a fully-fledged NPL designated club ever since, consistently retaining all its NPL slots over the last decade. Within Clovis, Odyssey is the only fully fledged NPL club in both the boys and girls side.
For the upcoming 2019/20 season, Odyssey will have all slots in all NPL age groups, including the newly added U12 and U13 slots. That means Odyssey will have NPL slots from U12 -19 age group in both boys and girls teams
NPL offers best competition in northern California and is the most professionally run premier youth competition in the area. Per NorCal’s licensing guidelines, coaches who coach NPL teams must have a minimum of USSF National "C" license or have to be working on obtaining their National "C" license.
Odyssey Recent Accomplishments:
- Cal Odyssey Home of the 2002 Boys 2018 State Cup Champions
- Home of the #1 ranked Boys 2002 team in the Nation.
- Home of the 2005 Girls 2018 State Cup Finalists
- Home of the 2001 Girls 2018 State Cup Semi-Finalists
- Home of the 2001 Boys USCS West Regional Champions
- Home of the 2001 Boys 2018 US Club Soccer National Cup participant
- Home of the 2004 Boys State Cup Elite Eight.
What is a Designated NPL Member Club?
The NorCal National Premier League (NPL) is an open league consisting of designated NPL clubs and Wild Cards. NPL clubs consist of clubs who have met competition, technical/coaching, administrative, disciplinary, and player production standards over several years of NorCal membership.
The benefits of becoming an NPL club include:
- Automatic acceptance at the entry level for NPL (U14 for non-DA Boys and U15 or U16 for partial DA Boys)
- Automatic acceptance into the NPL Qualification Summer League
- Reduced NPL and State Cup fee
- Attendance and input at NPL DOC meetings
- Use of NorCal NPL logo on club website
- NPL Logo on uniforms
Wild Cards are teams from non-NPL clubs and are still eligible to participate in the NorCal NPL by winning the State Premier Championship division (U14-U17), qualifying via the NPL Qualification League (U13-U17), or making the NorCal State Cup Finals (U13-U17) in the highest Cup division.
BECOMING AN NPL CLUB
A club can be considered an NPL club in the following 3 ways:
- NPL Boys and Girls Club
- NPL Boys Club
- NPL Girls Club
New and current NPL clubs must meet the following criteria in order to remain or become an NPL club.
- Competitive Quality
- Must have 3 teams qualified for the NPL of a given gender to be an NPL club for that gender.
- Current NPL clubs will be placed on probation for 1 season if they fall below the 3 team gender requirement to start the next NPL season. If by the following season the club does not qualify 3 NPL teams they will no longer keep NPL Club status in that gender.
- For DA boys clubs that do not have full-DA status (ie U17 and U19) their U14 and U15 teams will count towards their 3 team requirement.
- College Player Production
- To keep NPL status for a specific gender, current NPL clubs must be placing a minimum of 5 players over 5 years into 4 year college soccer programs.
- New clubs clock will start once they are accepted as an NPL club.
- The club must have a DOC with a USSF B license or equiv.
- If there is a DOC change the club will have 12 months to reach this requirement.
- Coaching Staff must have an average of a USSF C or equiv coaching license for NPL teams.
- Must take part in the NPL club visit.