a new day in the bay
Oakland, CA (June 3rd, 2013) – After an extremely successful 2012 campaign, the re-branded Oakland Ambassadors FC (Ambassadors) are joining the NorCal Division of U.S. Club Soccer’s National Premier Leagues for the 2013 season. The Ambassadors expect to build on the success they achieved last year and will also be fielding a reserve team that will consist of mostly under 23 players.
The Ambassadors have changed their name from Bay Area Ambassadors FC to Oakland Ambassadors FC to better represent the players and the heart of the city that they call home. Neon green and black are the Ambassador’s new colors. Fans can expect to see Raimondi Park draped in these colors during Ambassadors’ home games. The Ambassadors join the NorCal Division a year after competing for the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) national championship. Representing the NPSL West Conference, the Ambassadors participated in the four-team playoff and came up just short. The NorCal Division will bring new challenges for the team, and they are definitely up to the task. “The National Premier League allows the Ambassadors to develop players so this year we are starting with a U-23 team and will possibly expand to u-20 team next year. Starting September, the Open Men’s division kicks off and we are excited about the year round competition,” commented President, Arif Khan. Many players from last year’s team will be returning to guide the Ambassadors to another championship in its new league. Captains Stefan Clemens and Yousef Samy along with Javier hill, Jordan Keyes, and Emrah Klimenta will lead the charge with a team comprised of mostly under-23 players. The Ambassadors will start their NorCal Division journey in the coming weeks. Please look for updates on the Ambassador’s website (www.oaklandfc.net) Written by Dylan Leslie
why join npl
After winning the National Premier Soccer League conference champions, many wondered as to the reasons behind joining another league. The National Premier Leagues (NPL) provides a better development platform for the club. This year, the Ambassadors are introducing the U-23 team and possibly a U-20 team next year. The men's team will being playing in September and the NPL gives the Ambassadors organization to better platform to develop players and inculcate a standard system of play from early on. About the National Premier Leagues The NPL provides a unified, league-based national developmental platform with the highest level of competition in its geographic areas. Created to elevate and change the competitive youth and adult soccer landscape based upon US Club Soccer's fundamental principles, the NPL extends developmental principals espoused by the U.S. Soccer Development Academy into younger age groups and additional clubs, providing a platform for long-term player development. More specifically, the NPL provides a platform: * focused on long-term player development; * for the country's top soccer clubs, allowing consistent, meaningful high-level games appropriately scheduled with higher training-to-game ratios; * that allows players to be scouted and evaluated by U.S. Soccer National Staff and Technical Advisors; * that is designed and structured by the clubs, based on the needs of the clubs; and * that provides an avenue for qualification for the NPL Champions Cup. The NPL is an important component of US Club Soccer's 10-year vision to refine the landscape for competitive youth soccer. This vision recognizes that: * Properly-structured youth soccer clubs are the vehicle through which player development does and must occur in the United States. * Clubs should play in leagues that provide meaningful games, allow establishment of the proper training-to-game ratio, and eliminate calendar congestion. * NPLs, as well as the best clubs, should be integrated in US Club Soccer's id2 National Identification and Development Program, include Player Development Programs (PDPs) in select local markets, and work closely with U.S. Soccer staff regarding player identification, and player and coach development. For more information on NPL, click here http://www.nationalpremierleagues.com