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Successful Development Player League (DPL) Kicks Off Second Year With Impressive Growth
Founding DPL clubs Albion SC, LA Galaxy, Legends FC, LA Galaxy SD, Eagles SC, LA Premier FC, SC Del Sol, Beach FC, Real So Cal and Pateadores are now joined by SD Surf, OC Surf and the Utah Royals for the 2018/19 Season.
Youth Socer News: When the several youth soccer clubs announced the Development Player League for Girls in April 2017, it was an interesting and innovative step in the world of youth soccer.
The idea of extending the U.S. Soccer Development Academy‘s player pool on the girls’ side by creating a new league was a powerful and disruptive force in an already crowded landscape.
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Now, a year later, the league commonly referred to as the DPL has grown more vibrant and has clearly established a new pathway somewhere between the mandates of the DA and old powerhouse reign of the ECNL. Only proving gaming in the Southern Western USA, the DPL has set its sites on expanding across the country and offering its hybrid approach to more players who want to aspire to be selected to play in the U.S. Soccer DA.
THE DPL IS DESIGNED TO EXPAND THE GIRLS DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY (DA) PLAYER POOL FOR PARTICIPATING CLUBS.
Kicking off their second year with massive momentum, the DPL now offers essentially a full year session with a fall and spring season with built-in Showcases Weekends alongside U.S. Soccer Girl’s DA league games.
Adopting even more of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy approach to player development, the DPL provides an important option for talented players.
Recently, the girls’ high-level soccer landscape has seen a shift with teams leaving the ECNL and looking elsewhere for high-level competition. The DPL has taken advantage of the market forces and increased its level of competition in the Southern California market. Change and disruption bring opportunity — and, the DPL has proven to be a positive option for many players.
Reflecting the success of their inaugural year, the DPL has expanded its reach and is now also working on launching their own showcases soon.