North Alabama SC is thrilled to have been selected to join the Development Player League (DPL) for the upcoming 2021-2022 season - competing in the Mid-South Conference!
Joining the DPL provides our female players with a national league and an elite competition platform created to develop the best soccer players. The DPL is the highest level of competitive soccer available to female youth players in North Alabama!
The DPL is a huge step forward for NASC's girls program as it further enhances our player development pathway, provides a future pathway to the Girls Academy (GA), access to regional and national showcases, and is a collegiate identification platform.
Players no longer have to travel outside of North Alabama to access a top-tier competitive league!
Download the June 29, 2021 NASC DPL Parent/Player Meeting Presentation
NASC is hosting a supplemental tryout for our DPL teams: 13U-18U! This tryout is OPEN to all female players!
ALL 13U (09)-18U(04) female players are eligible to tryout. Players can play for their current club and NASC DPL. There are no restrictions.
Dates: July 19-21
Location: Merrimack Turf Fields
Click the Register Now button below to regsiter for DPL Supplemental Tryouts
1. What is the DPL?
The DPL is a national league providing an elite competition platform for top youth soccer clubs in the U.S. Clubs must apply and meet competitive standards to be admitted to the league. DPL is the highest competitive level of soccer available to female players in North Alabama.
2. Is DPL only for girls?
Yes, the DPL is a girls only league. NASC is currently evaluating similar elite league options for our boys program.
3. What teams are in the Mid-South Conference?
DPL Mid-South Conference consists of CABOSA Shreveport United, Gulf Coast United FC, LATDP Elite, Lobos Rush, Mississippi Rush, and North Alabama SC.
4. What age groups participate in the DPL?
North Alabama SC's 13U, 14U, 15U, 16U, 17U, and 18U/19U teams will participate in DPL.
5. Can a DPL player also play High School soccer?
Yes, players can participate in DPL and High School soccer. There is no conflict between DPL and High School seasons for 15U and up.
6. What are the dates for the DPL season?
The 2021-2022 schedule has not been set, but DPL teams will follow the existing club schedule with a pre-season team camp in mid-July and practice beginning by August 1. League games are expected to begin in late August or early September and may run through January 2022.
7. What are the required showcase events?
DPL teams will compete in a Regional Showcase and a Summer Showcase or DPL Playoffs (if the team qualifies). Location of the 2021-2022 showcase events has not been announced, but showcase locations for 2020-2021 season were Florida and California.
8. What is the travel schedule?
The league schedule has not been announced, but teams can expect to play away games at conference opponent locations or neutral site locations. Travel may be anywhere from 3.5-7.5 hours away. Games will most likely be played in pairs with traveling teams playing one (1) game on Saturday and one (1) game on Sunday depending on distance traveled.
9. What is the training schedule?
Teams will train a minimum of three (3) times per week. Practices will be held in Huntsville.
10. Will college coaches attend games?
Yes, college coaches attend DPL games. The Regional and National Showcase events are well attended by Division I, II, and III coaches.
11. What are the fees?
The fee schedule has not been set. Fee information will be communicated separately. NASC's Financial Assistance Program extends to the DPL. Click HERE to learn more about our Financial Assistance Program.
12. Who can participate?
All players from any club are eligible to play in the DPL.
13. Can I stay rostered with my current club and play DPL?
Yes, players can play for their current club and our DPL team. DPL should be the player's 1st priority.
14. When are tryouts?
Current NASC players are not required to re-tryout. Non-NASC players need to complete the NASC DPL Player Interest Survey at https://forms.gle/XWzWk8TWustVpJfm7 to be contacted about player evaluation next steps.
15. Where will home games be played?
Home games will be most likely be played at John Hunt 1 & 2 with the Merrimack Turf Fields as the back-up location in case of rain.
16. Who do I contact with questions?
Submit your questions to our DOC Henry Mpagi at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Development Player League (DPL) is a standards driven national league connected to the Girls Academy that will encourage clubs to compete and grow - maximizing the development of their players. The league believes that through superior experiences, players will be able to showcase their talent, discover collegiate opportunities, and create community around the game. Learn more at DPLeague.org