Montana Surf is committed to offering the very best player opportunities and pathways in Montana. No one else does what we do and athletes drive from as far as Helena, Big Sky, Billings, Missoula and Livingston to access our opportunities. Our current opportunities include:
SURF NATION: Surf Select regional, national and international platforms, International Development Academy, Surf Nation Champions League, guest playing opportunities with other Surf clubs across the US.
US YOUTH SOCCER: Montana Surf is part of Montana Youth Soccer Association (MYSA) and US Youth Soccer (USYS). This affiliation allows our players to participate in the Montana Olympic Development Program (ODP), MYSA league play during the spring season, Montana State Championships, Far West Regional Championships and Presidents Cup. In 2023, 3 Montana Surf teams earned “State Champion” titles and 3 more teams were runners up.
We are excited to announce that we are working alongside our colleagues in the region to create another “best of the best” opportunity for Montana Surf athletes. We are working to establish the US Club Soccer Mountain West National Premier League (NPL). We are currently in the process of being sanctioned and confirmed by US Club Soccer, a process which takes some time so thank you for your patience as we work toward this goal. The NPL is the nation’s leading league for high level play and player identification. It gives our Montana Surf players yet another player pathway to gain spots on collegiate and national teams. Read more about the NPL and their id2 Olympic Development program here:
Please be patient as we continue to work with our colleagues across the West to finish founding this league. It is a tremendous amount of work but will be worth it for the incredible opportunities it will present to our athletes.
Why don’t we do YPL anymore?
For the past few years Montana Surf has been a part of the Yellowstone Premier League (YPL). We very much enjoyed the opportunities it brought our athletes, however, YPL lost their US Club sanctioning and changed to US Youth Soccer (USYS) sanctioning. Our players already have access to the USYS soccer pathway and opportunities through our spring league play with Montana Youth Soccer (MYSA), which is part of US Youth Soccer. This makes the YPL redundant for our athletes and athletes from 6 other states. We have been working together for the last six months to create a new league, The Mountain West National Premier League (Mountain West NPL). We are currently waiting for US Club Soccer to approve sanctioning for this new league.
We would like to start off a smaller event based league this upcoming new year and in 2023/2024 move into a 3 event based league. The US Club route offers us the opportunity to make it to the NPL National Cup Championship. US Club also offers additional player identification programs for our athletes.