Footer-logo2The Sunshine State Premier League is a part of US Club Soccer’s nation-wide Premier Leagues platform.

Building on the success of the )National Premier Leagues (NPL) and the principle that league-based competition is the primary means for long-term player development and growth of the game, US Club Soccer has created the Premier Leagues platform, a network of leagues in local, statewide and similar geographic regions for competitive clubs and teams.

While US Club Soccer’s emphasis on club development led to a club-based structure for the NPL, one of the differentiating factors in the Premier Leagues platform is the allowance for more team-based competition due to the smaller geographic region that each league covers (for example, no overnight stays are necessary). In areas with existing NPLs, the new Premier Leagues platform will extend opportunities to more clubs.

In addition to competing for league championships, qualifiers from each Premier League will meet for a Regional Premier Leagues Championship in future years, eventually culminating in a Premier Leagues national championship event. Qualification paths will be based on the number of leagues, regional travel logistics and calendar considerations.   Among the benefits to Premier Leagues will be integration into US Club Soccer’s id² and Player Development Program to allow opportunities for selected players to participate in these Olympic Development Program-sanctioned programs.

Sunshine State Premier League

US Club Soccer League

League Goal:

    • Improve the competitive environment by combining the top youth clubs that share similar ideals regarding long-term player development of youth players

 

League Format:

    • Initially beginning with U8-U12 age groups
    • year two adding age group(s)
    • League run by soccer professionals to enable latest methods and trends in player development
    • Academy format to allow greater flexibility and a club-centered over team-centered approach
    • Club Pass (flexibility to adjust game day rosters with all available club players on field)
    • Developmentally appropriate “playing up”
    • Regional League to keep travel to a minimum
    • Cross-Over weekends at tournament venues and allow the top groups to compete against each other in a DOC structured environment (1-2 annual crossover events)
    • Calendar to eliminate congestion and allow for proper periodization
      Annual accreditation process to ensure clubs are raising their respective academy’s standards
    • Minimum license standards
    • Minimum team standards
    • Minimum ten team club commitment
    • Education program in order to raise the standard of training young players receive

 

League Cost:

  • U8-U12 $125 League fee + Crossover Event fee + Academy Cup
    League profits will be utilized to bring coaching education events to the club staffs

 

Coaching Director’s Proposed Developmental Rules (pending final review):

U8 – 7v7

Two 25 mins halves
Substitutions can be made at any stoppage.
Equal playing time for all players
Players must play in two different positions during the game
No throw in’s. Play is restarted with an instep kick in from the ground.
On Goal kicks all opposition players must retreat to half way and can enter once the goal kick has been taken.
Goalkeepers cannot punt the ball over the half way line. A free kick is award to the opposition at the center spot.
If a team is winning by a 4 goal margin the losing team can place another player onto the field for the duration of the game.
Center referees only and marginal offside are not called.
No yellow or red cards can be issued to any player.

U9 – 7v7

Two 25 mins halves
Substitutions can be made at any stoppage.
Equal playing time for all players
Players must play in two different positions during the game
Throw in’s not penalized if taken incorrectly.
On Goal kicks only one player from the opposition are allowed in the attacking half the rest must retreat to half way and can enter once the goal kick has been taken.
Goalkeepers cannot punt the ball over the half way line. A free kick is award to the opposition at the center spot.
If a team is winning by a 4 goal margin the losing team can place another player onto the field for the duration of the game.
Center referees only and marginal offside are not called.
No yellow or red cards can be issued to any player.

U10 – 7v7

Two 25 mins halves
Substitutions can be made at any stoppage.
Players must play in two different positions during the game
Throw in’s must be taken correctly.
On Goal kicks only two players from the opposition are allowed in the attacking half the rest must retreat to half way and can enter once the goal kick has been taken.
Goalkeepers cannot punt the ball over the half way line. A free kick is award to the opposition at the center spot.
If a team is winning by a 4 goal margin the losing team can place another player onto the field for the duration of the game.
Center referees only and marginal offside are not called.
No yellow or red cards can be issued to any player.

U11 & U12 – 9v9

Two 30 mins halves
Substitutions can be made at any stoppage.
Players can play in primary position but coaches are encouraged to use in different positions. Defensive players play central or outside and forwards likewise.
Goalkeepers cannot punt the ball over the half way line. A free kick is award to the opposition at the center spot.
If a team is winning by a 4 goal margin the losing team can place another player onto the field for the duration of the game.
Center and assistant referees for all games with offside called.
Players can receive yellow cards but no reds. If something is serious then players are sent to the bench and replaced by another player but no card is issued.