Charlottesville, VA (April 16, 2019) – The Northeast Soccer League (NSL) and the Club Champions League (CCL) are proud to announce the launch of PRO23 in New England.
Building on the recent announcement of the NSL and CCL partnership, the NSL will replicate the highly successful CCL PRO23program in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., and create NSL PRO23.
“Adding PRO23 to the peak of the NSL player development pyramid makes perfect sense for the NSL, our member clubs and other clubs in the region. We have many players that move on to all levels of college programs who are looking for a quality soccer experience during the summer months. PRO23 elevates the summer experience for those players so they are better prepared to start their college season and most importantly, reconnects former players to their home clubs,” said John Barata, NSL Executive Director.
PRO23 offers clubs a Player Retention Opportunity providing current college players the ability to come home and play for the club that helped develop and prepare them for collegiate soccer. Top youth players and former collegiate/professional players round out PRO23 rosters to offer a one-of-a-kind off-season development experience. Older players mentor younger players and all continue their pursuit of soccer excellence.
“PRO23 has exceeded our expectations since the CCL launched it in 2016. We have grown from a handful of teams to now over 40 in our region. The flexibility of scheduling and rosters, professional referee systems, and the low cost versus other semi-professional summer opportunities, really makes PRO23 appealing for aspiring youth players, college players, and former professional players. You know you are doing something right when MLS and NWSL clubs (DC United and Washington Spirit) are also putting PRO23 teams in your league,” said Brian Kuk, CCL Executive Director.
NSL Technical Director, Nick Dunbar, believes PRO23 can be the evolution of summer programming for NSL member clubs. “One of the reasons we wanted to partner with the CCL is that they focus on player development. PRO23 offers a pathway for our member clubs to provide its players with a logical, cost-effective, local, yet professional opportunity to continue development. We want players to know that they can play in the NSL as a young player all the way through adulthood if they choose, staying connected to their home club every step of the way.”
NSL PRO23 will begin this summer 2019.
About Club Champions League, Inc.
Founded in 1997 as the Virginia Club Champions League (VCCL) and rebranded in 2013 as the Club Champions League (CCL), the CCL strives to activate and accelerate youth soccer development through its club-centric, technical director-driven model. The CCL provides superior competition, offers a player development pathway and club model for ages eight to over-twenty-three, and consists of the top youth soccer clubs in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C.
About Northeast Soccer League, Inc.
Founded in 1993 as MAPLE and rebranded in 2016 as the Northeast Soccer League (NSL), the NSL is for the clubs, by the clubs and with the clubs. Our aim is to provide more than just a place to play but also to provide quality programs and events for the benefit of our membership. Furthermore, the NSL league is based on merit but driven by defined club standards that all member clubs must continue to meet.