Dear PDL Fans,
On the eve of the 2018 season, we reflect on all of the great things that make up the Premier Development League going into its historic 24th season. You, as the fan, have been along the way to see the rise of your club, in your community, for the love of our game.
Your club has grown to be a part of a league that has 74 competitive teams, making up 11 different divisions stretching from coast to coast. This year, your club will be taking part in the most competitive iteration of the PDL yet. The club in your backyard will compete in at least 14 of over 520 games from across the country. In addition to their season campaigns, 20 PDL clubs begin their hopeful chase of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in the coming weeks, competing in the nation’s most storied tournament.
The 2018 PDL season also sees many communities from across the country welcomed into the PDL family. From Black Rock FC and Lionsbridge FC in the East, to Kaw Valley FC and Lansing United in the Central, to the AHFC Royals, the Birmingham Hammers, Corpus Christi FC and Memphis City FC in the South, and Colorado Pride Switchbacks U23, Ogden City FC, SF Glens SC and Santa Cruz Breakers FC out West. We welcome a dozen quality ownership groups, driven by passionate local leaders committed to improving their communities and helping local talent develop on the path to the professional game.
In your community, you will have the chance to see the rise of future stars in your own backyard. This past year, the PDL was proud to have a very strong representation at the MLS SuperDraft, marking the achievement of dreams driven by years of hard work for so many young athletes. Sixty-six players leapt into the professional ranks, joining the 500-plus PDL alumni competing across the U.S., Canada and the world. You, the fan, have a chance to meet, watch and see the rise of these players along their journey into the professional game.
Your ravenous support will inspire them. Your ceaseless chanting will carry them. Your flares, flags and fandom will bring them to glory in the PDL and beyond. Throughout an action-packed summer, your team, your community and our game will combine for indescribable moments, unforgettable memories and amazing experiences, all for you, the fan.
Welcome to the 2018 PDL season.
Director, PDL Competition & Development
Director, PDL Operations & Compliance