Know that ECNL and DA are the best of the best in this state. DA is preferred as it is a top league and the club subsidizes some of the cost. Next is ECNL which has no subsidy but is still a top league. Not sure what to make of DPL. Same travel as DA but no subsidy and does not have the same recognition or scouting. More money for lesser team, but club says it is the "path" to DA, where they recruit most of their players from when one is injured or leaves. Not sure this is completely true. Is DPL worth the money? How much better is the competition in DPL vs APL here? Many clubs that don't have DA or ECNL programs are now doing Desert Conference so there are some out of state league games against higher level teams from different parts of the west. Is this a rough equivalent to the league games for DPL? Looking at the team rankings it seems many of the top APL teams are equivalent and sometimes better than teams listed as DPL. Curious what everyone thinks. Is DPL truly a path to the DA promised land or is it an expensive boondoggle vs lower cost APL.