Cainhoy Athletic Joins Newly Formed Carolina’s Premier League (CPL)

Cainhoy Athletic is proud to announce that we have joined US Club Soccer and the newly formed Carolina’s Premier League (CPL), beginning the fall 2018 season. The league is made up of 14 clubs with about 120 total teams representing 2,000+ players in South Carolina and Georgia, which feature 8U through 12U boys and girls age groups.

The 2018-19 CPL season will focus on 8U – 12U teams, similar to the current SC Youth Soccer Coastal and Sandlapper Leagues. Additional competitive statewide opportunities for 11U and 12U will be available.  The CPL will work to expand the league to 13U and above age groups in the following years.

For the 2018-19 season our 13U and above teams will continue to play in the Open, PMSL, and Challenge leagues.

The Cainhoy Athletic Board and Club Administration have been exploring new league opportunities and partnerships with local and national organizations. When the CPL approached our club, we recognized that this was a good fit since the mission and values of US Club Soccer and the CPL really align with our mission and values.

Similar to US Club Soccer’s mission of fostering the growth and development of clubs throughout the country, the CPL’s philosophy is to provide the optimal environment for player development at the club level. This is accomplished through all the clubs’ Directors of Coaching consistently working together towards that goal for the benefits of players and their families.

“This is an exciting opportunity to work with the top clubs in South Carolina,” said Sean Carey, League Director of the CPL. “The Carolina’s Premier League will be player focused and club driven. The level of collaboration between the member clubs of the CPL has been impressive. We are looking forward to providing players, teams and clubs the best playing environment possible on the field supported by continued cooperation and organization off the field.”

CPL clubs receive a wide array of benefits as part of its US Club Soccer membership. This includes Players First, which is a branded, holistic club soccer experience for parents and players, which emphasizes the development of each individual to his or her full potential, and helps parents make better choices about where their children should play. Players First is built on five pillars:

  • Club Development
  • Coaching Development
  • Player Development
  • Parent Engagement & Education
  • Player Health & Safety

US Club Soccer has been consistent that Player Health & Safety is US Club Soccer’s “first and most important responsibility.” That commitment has been demonstrated through various initiatives and Players First partnerships, including 11+, Fit for 90, Player’s Health and Sideline Sports Doc.

US Club Soccer has implemented best-in-class background checks, as part of its background screening process for all registered staff. The effort is coupled with a requirement for those registered staff to complete a Sideline Sports Doc/US Club Soccer online injury recognition course.

CPL members will also enjoy exposure to Player Development Programs (PDPs) and the id2 Program. These programs help provide identification and development to the entire country, including traditionally underserved regions.

CPL Member Clubs Include:
Augusta Arsenal (Ga.)
Cainhoy Athletic (S.C.)
Carolina Football Club (S.C.)
Coast FA (S.C.)
Daniel Island Soccer Association (S.C.)
Discoveries Soccer Club (S.C.)
GPS Coastal Academy (S.C.)
GPS Lexington (S.C.)
James Island Youth Soccer Club (S.C.)
SC/GA Bulls Soccer Club (Ga./S.C.)
South Carolina United FC (S.C.)
USA Mount Pleasant (S.C.)
USA Tormenta FC Youth (Ga./S.C.)


A National Association member of the U.S. Soccer Federation, US Club Soccer fosters the growth and development of soccer clubs in order to create the best possible environment for players of all ages.

Anchored by Players First and its five pillars of Club Development, Coaching Development, Player Development, Parent Engagement & Education and Player Health & Safety, US Club Soccer offers registration, league- and cup-based competition platforms, player identification and a variety of other programming, resources and services.

US Club Soccer is sponsored by Nike and supported by LaLiga through a technical partnership.