What is the PDL?

With the 2017 season around the corner we wanted to take some time and share with you what the PDL, the league we play in, is all about.

As described on the PDL website: The PDL is the proven developmental leader in North American soccer’s evolving tiered structure, the Premier Development League features 72 franchises in four conferences throughout the United States and Canada, including 16 clubs that are owned and operated by a professional club, or that hold a partnership with a professional club.

The PDL has proven to be an important stepping-stone for top professionals now playing throughout the world, with nearly 70 percent of all MLS selections since 2010 having PDL experience.

The PDL season consists of 14 regular season matches for each team, seven home and seven away, and provides elite collegiate players the opportunity to taste a higher level of competition while maintaining their eligibility. In addition to league play, PDL teams compete in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as well as various exhibitions.

The proven path to pro in North American soccer, the PDL is an important stepping-stone for top professionals now playing throughout the world. Nearly 70 percent of all MLS draftees since 2010 have PDL experience, and nearly 300 former PDL players competed during the 2015 USL season.

Visit http://www.uslpdl.com/ for more about the Premier Development League.

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