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The Midwest Developmental League, which includes U-13, U-14, U-15, U-16 and U-18 boys’ age groups for the 2011-12 season, was founded in April 2011 as part of US Club Soccer’s recently-formed National Premier Leagues (NPL), which are leagues throughout the country with the highest level of competition in a given area.
 
The 23 clubs competing in the Midwest Developmental League include all of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy clubs and the top clubs outside the Academy in the Midwest:
 

Great Lakes Division:
·         Bavarian SC (WI)
·         Chicago Fire Academy (IL)
·         Chicago Magic (IL)
·         FC Milwaukee Nationals (WI)
·         FC United (IL)
·         Blue Valley SC (KS)
·         Madison 56ers (WI)
·         MN Thunder Academy (MN)
·         Rockford Raptors (IL)
·         St. Louis Scott Gallagher-Metro (IL)
·         St. Louis Scott Gallagher-Missouri (MO)
·         Sockers FC Chicago (IL)
·         Sporting KC Juniors (KS)
 
Erie Division:
  • Carmel United (IN)
  • Cincinnati United SC (OH)
  • Crew Juniors (OH)
  • Fort Wayne United FC (IN)
  • Grand Rapids Crew Juniors (MI)
  • Internationals SC (OH)
  • Michigan Jaguars FC (MI)
  • Michigan Wolves SC (MI)
  • Vardar (MI)
  • WAZA F.C. (MI)
 

Midwest Developmental League competition will kick off in September 2011 in the U-13 and U-14 age groups, in which teams will play up to 14 total regular-season games over the fall and spring season. The U-15, U-16 and U-18 teams will begin play in spring 2012 with up to 11 regular-season games. Cross-divisional games will be played at optional showcase events throughout the year.
 
Champions will be crowned in a postseason tournament in which eight qualifying teams in each age group at U-14 and above will compete. From there, Midwest Developmental League champions will compete at the inaugural National Premier Leagues Champions Cup in July 2012.
 
“It is really exciting to have Developmental Academy clubs and clubs from outside the Academy working together to create a better playing environment for all of their players from age 13 to 18,” said David Richardson, Sockers FC Chicago’s Technical Director. “This league will make a big difference for our younger players and teams, and a huge difference for all our players over their entire youth career. On top of that, by being able to travel and compete as a club, with all our boys’ teams in the same location together and not disconnected in multiple different cities and states on the same weekend, we will have a real club connection from top to bottom for our players.”
 
“We are very excited to have our top boys participate in the Midwest Developmental League,” said Brian Doyle, Michigan Wolves’ Director of Coaching. “This league is a platform that will allow the clubs to provide a consistent competitive calendar and training program for all of their players at U-13 and above. This stability is a great tool for player development.”