Padel league is the world’s fastest-growing sport, especially in Latin America and throughout most of Europe. Mexican business owner Enrique Corcuera founded the sport in Mexico in 1969.
As the sport progressed over the years, it has been introduced to different countries, including Spain, the Nordics, US, and Canada.
The Pro Padel League (PPL) is North America’s first Professional Padel League (similar to WPT) and it is excited to bring everyone the fastest-growing sport in the world to a wider audience in North America.
How will the league work and how does it operate? Let’s dig into the details we know so far!
What is the Professional Padel League (PPL)?
As mentioned, the Professional Padel League is North America’s first professional padel league.
United States Padel Association (USPA) President Marcos Del Pilar believes that the Padel sport is right where it needs to be as it’s the perfect time to introduce padel to the wider North American audience.
Proud commissioner Marcos Del Pilar stated that Padel is exploding in different countries worldwide. Rightfully so, the US and Canada will also venture into the sport more than it has so far. It’s been facing tough competition from other racquet sports such as pickleball.
It was announced that the first season of the Pro Padel League would kick off in the spring of 2023.
This announcement should bring excitement to different cities and thousands of players ready to play nationwide.
In addition, commissioner Marcos Del Pilar also stated the first season would include teams consisting of four players per team.
After the regular season is over, the PPL Cup Championship will conclude.
Marcos Del Pilar also believes that Padel Sport will grow and create opportunities for aspiring players, coaches, new facilities, broadcasters, sponsors, brands, and all the fans.
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Where will the Pro Padel League be played at?
PPL is North America’s first professional padel league and aims to create a premier sports league providing the biggest stage for aspiring padel players across the region.
The commissioner announced that the first season would start in spring with seven awarded franchises, including San Diego, Miami, Toronto, Cancun, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles.
The last location to be announced was Arkansas.
The Pro Padel League (PPL) hopes this league will create excitement for fans and athletes that will soon boost the profile of padel sports across America.
It is envisioned that the league will start one of its agendas in developing PPL, wherein February will be the start for drafting players for different awarded franchises.
Players who were invited are encouraged to register on or before February 28. In addition, the player drafting for different teams will start on March 15.
In addition, players who are eligible to be drafted will be added to the new teams.
Each team that will compete is made of two male and two female players, consisting of 4 players as a team. They will also get perks like payments and free travel expenses.
Following the international scoring format, the game will be categorized into three groups, mixed, women’s, and men’s.
The tournament will start in May and end in June. The top four teams from the regular season advance to the playoffs and will compete for the PPL Cup.
Pro Padel League (PPL) estimates that the number of players and fans will soon double after the PPL Cup concludes.
It will gain nationwide awareness, which will only boost its popularity in the coming years.
How long is a Professional Padel League season?
As it was announced, the PPL league season will start in May and conclude in June.
The initial season games are to be played at a neutral site in Florida. It will be interesting to see what the exact venue will be!
During this time, PPL’s mission will come to fruition as this will enable players, broadcasters, brands, fans, sponsors, team owners, and coaches to capitalize on padel’s meteoric rise.
Are there any players signed to play in the Pro Padel League (PPL)?
No information is being scattered regarding players already registered for Pro Padel League.
However, it was mentioned that registration has already started on February 1 and ends on February 28.
Eligible players are then drafted by different teams starting on the second week of March or March 15. Each team consists of four players.
North America’s first professional Pro Padel League regular season will start in May and end in June, culminating in the PPL Cup championship.
How does the PPL league operate?
North America’s first professional Pro Padel League will follow the same franchise model based on the ecosystem of most major leagues in the United States and Canada.
For the first PPL season, it is estimated that 6 to 8 team owners will be selected for the inaugural season. The commissioner is proud to say that these teams will battle it out and will be aired on National TV.
How will the PPL become a Premier Sports League?
The PPL’s mission and goal is to create a premier sports league providing thousands of athletes the national stage where they can compete.
This agenda will only help generate nationwide awareness and excitement in Padel sports.
As commissioner Marcos Del Pilar has said, the PPL will expand to different cities, and some will incorporate Taktika Padel from San Diego, California.
Padel is one of the world’s fastest-growing sports. The President of PPL, Marcos Del Pilar, is excited and proud that this new professional padel league will bring another exposure to talents that will continue to grow each day and in the coming years. Putting US on the global map as a padel-nation to be recognized with.
PPL will create opportunities for thousands of individuals and provide high-octane team competition across different key cities in the country.
Hopefully, things will kick off for the better, and there are plenty of reasons to be excited about North America’s first professional Padel League. Be ready, as this sport will only continue to grow with this added exposure and attention.
FAQs about the North American Pro Padel League (PPL)
The Pro Padel League is North America’s first Professional Padel League. It will be played in 7 different locations and kickoff for the 2023 season.
Toronto, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Diego, Miami, and Cancun were the first announced cities. After a short while, Arkansas was also able to join the PPL.
The initial season games are to be played at a neutral site in Florida from May 13th to June 4th.
Isabella Torres is originally from Madrid, Spain, and has been playing Padel as a semi-professional for the past five years. After completing her education as a journalist, she discovered her true passion in life was writing about Padel.
She loves staying up late watching intense rallies on YouTube, and is excited to share her knowledge about the sport with SimplePadel’s readers.