The Oakes Training Center, Oak Grove, Miss. –  Having joined The National Premier Soccer League last month, Southern States SC has announced it is also joining the new NPSL U-19 pilot league this fall. The league will run from September through November with rosters made up of predominantly U19 players.

“The introduction of a U-19 pilot under the NPSL umbrella represents our commitment to grassroots soccer and supporting our teams’ growth potential.” NPSL Chairman Kenny Farrell said. “This new venture positions our clubs to further refine the local pathway to the top level of soccer in their area. Players from all backgrounds will have access to a highly visible platform to showcase their talent –  particularly in geographic areas where opportunities are limited.  By giving players a legitimate local option to advance, it keeps them engaged with soccer at an affordable cost for families.  The U-19 pilot will give NPSL teams the chance to develop their own academies or build relationships with existing programs.”

The U-19 pilot league will be managed by the NPSL, and will be affiliated with the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA).  The participating teams include AFC Mobile, New Orleans Jesters, Pensacola FC, and Port City FC in Biloxi, as well as Southern States SC.

The scheduling is underway and each team will play a total of eight games, four home and four away.

The game-day roster will consist of U-17, U-18, and U-19 players along with up to three overage players.

Southern States SC will offer the program free of the cost of registration and uniforms. “We see this team integrating into our player pathway from Academy to college and professional level,” said Director of Soccer Operations Nigel Boulton.