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COPA STC & NorCal Premier Soccer Announce Partnership  

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With an eye towards improving the state of the beautiful game in Northern California, COPA Soccer Training Center (STC) and NorCal Premier recently announced a multi-year collaboration. (watch the video) This is great news for athletes in NorCal’s elite Player Development Program (PDP) who now have access to COPA’s high-tech, state-of-the-art soccer training facility in Walnut Creek where they can optimize performance goals. For coaches, it means access to training programs that yield quantitative player data in real time for benchmarking and development tracking.

At over 110,000 square-feet, with multiple indoor soccer fields, futsal courts, and hi-tech workout labs, COPA STC's Walnut Creek complex is one of the largest and most technologically advanced private indoor soccer training facilities in the United States, designed for athletes ready to take their game to the next level.

“We are extremely enthusiastic to have an organization of NorCal Premier’s caliber join us in the rapidly developing environment of assessment-based soccer training,” said Mark Hall, Founder and CEO of COPA STC. “NorCal is one of the preeminent youth soccer leagues in the country. The organization’s stellar leadership has been guiding competitive soccer and player development for decades. We’re honored to support NorCal Premier with the latest sports science and technology-based initiatives at COPA Soccer Training Center.”

COPA STC will also serve as ground zero for NorCal meetings, events, and education programs. “We believe a greater focus on sports science will benefit club player development at all levels. The COPA leadership, staff knowledge, professionalism, world-class facility, plus player training and assessment technologies provide our clubs, coaches, and players with unique opportunities,” said NorCal Premier Soccer President Benjamin Ziemer. “We cannot wait to utilize this fantastic technology and achieve new goals in soccer.”

For talented athletes on the path from competitive play to Norcal's Player Development Program (PDP) to college recruitment and ultimatley pro soccer, COPA STC's data-driven benchmarks allow players to compare their skills locally, nationally, and on a global scale as well. To learn more, go to copastc.com

 About COPA Innovation Laboratories

COPA Innovation Laboratories is engaged in research, development, manufacturing, sales, service, and support of athletic training tools and devices that support data analytics and skills development in sports. The company’s own COPA Soccer Training Center in Walnut Creek, COPA STC, opened in January 2020 as a membership-based facility bringing together advanced soccer training tools and technologies. Mind, body, and skills are assessed and measured in a quantitative fashion, with real-time results available for the parent, player, coach, and trainer. Indoor turf fields and futsal courts offer competitive play opportunities through indoor soccer leagues, futsal leagues, and small-sided team play.

About NorCal Premier 

A nonprofit benefit corporation, NorCal Premier is the leading organization for developing players, clubs, coaches, and referees in the Northern California soccer region. Through a membership of 250 different clubs, covering more than 80,000 competitive youth players, NorCal Premier provides an unmatched level of quality programs which include year-round competition, NorCal State Cup, a free Player Development Program (PDP), and heavily subsidized coach, referee, and club education programs. NorCal’s PDP is a free-of-cost initiative where the most talented and promising players gather multiple times each month to train and play in a high-performance environment.

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