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Club Receives National Premier Leagues Invitation

05/17/2018, 2:00pm EDT
By K. Judge

Pontiac, Michigan -- US Club Soccer’s National Premier League (NPL) has announced the addition of Liverpool FC International Academy- Michigan for the 2018-19 season.

“We are very honored and extremely excited to join the National Premier League,” said Andy Wagstaff, Club Owner and President. “To be selected and invited to participate in such a strong regional and national league is a great honor.”

The club will compete in the NPL’s Midwest Developmental League (Eastern conference) with boys teams ages U13-U19 in the fall and spring, as well as showcase events. Top teams at U14 through U18/19 from across the US will qualify to compete for a national championship in the Elite National Premier League (ENPL), a collaboration between NPL and Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) that launched in August 2017.

“We're confident that this move to be part of a top US Club Soccer league will provide our young athletes more playing opportunities and the ability to showcase their individual and collective talents,” Wagstaff continued.

The addition of the NPL to the club’s current league participation is another important step in expanding the club’s offerings, furthering opportunities for individual player development, and preparing teams for the next level of competition.

“This is a very good opportunity for us,” said Kevin Garner, Technical Director for LFCIA-MI’s five sites located in Southwest Michigan and Windsor. “Working with the Academy coaches in England in the Youth Development Phase of the curriculum, we've built our platform squarely on the technical and tactical concepts taught at the Academy in Liverpool and with very positive results.  As our players mature, it’s important to have appropriate league play to express their talents. NPL, in addition to the other regional and national leagues including Midwest Regional League and National League, provide that opportunity.”

Ben Jones, current Boys Technical Director for U11-19 Central teams, will also serve as League Director for the club.  LFCIA-MI is currently working internally with all sites to identify coaching staff and team selection for each age group and to organize training logistics and game scheduling.  More information will be available about the 2018-19 season later this spring.

For more information, contact Ben Jones at or (517) 755-8482.  Information on the National Premier League can be found at

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