For immediate release, April 26, 2018
Senior Manager of Communications, US Club Soccer
US CLUB SOCCER WELCOMES ARKANSAS PREMIER CLUBS
CHARLESTON, S.C. (April 26, 2018) – US Club Soccer is proud to sanction the Arkansas Premier Clubs (APC) to provide state, regional and national competition opportunities for its 11-U through 18/19-U boys and girls age groups.
Seven of the state’s top clubs representing nearly 150 teams, led by Directors of Coaching seeking innovative player-centric programming, have created the APC as their primary competitive platform. Those clubs are from the Little Rock, Russellville, Fort Smith and Northwest Arkansas areas:
Arkansas Comets (Springdale)
Arkansas United (Little Rock)
Arkansas Valley Soccer Association (Russellville)
Mighty Bluebirds (Little Rock)
Real Arkansas (Maumelle)
River Valley (Fort Smith)
- Sporting Arkansas (Bentonville)
Four of those clubs – Arkansas Comets, Arkansas United, Mighty Bluebirds and Sporting Arkansas – are current members of the Red River National Premier League (NPL). The Red River NPL includes 14 clubs from Arkansas, south Kansas, Oklahoma and north Texas. Now, about a year after announcing the Red River NPL’s creation, those Arkansas clubs are also helping to start a more localized, state model in the APC.
“We’re honored to welcome the Arkansas Premier Clubs to a Players First-motivated environment,” said John Borozzi, US Club Soccer Vice President. “We commend these forward-thinking DOCs for this league structure and their plans to take advantage of many resources, including: Player Development Program (PDP), LaLiga Formation Methodology, Players First, State Cup and the National Cup.”
The Arkansas Premier Clubs was founded on four platforms:
APC league (APL) scheduling will include periodization influenced by its clubs’ technical directors. This results in a league schedule that accounts for rest and recovery periods, as well as proper game-to-training-session ratios for a consistent and annualized calendar for the player and their families.