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USYS Apr 15, 2022

Club Champions League celebrates 25th anniversary as competition model expands

Charlottesville, Virginia – The Club Champions League (CCL) has announced its Silver Anniversary, celebrating 25 years of soccer innovation, leadership, and service to players, families, coaches, and clubs.

Founded in 1997 as the Virginia Club Champions League (VCCL) with five member clubs from southern Virginia, the league now boasts 25 clubs from Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia.

Having pioneered the “Club v Club” league model, the CCL is innovating once again with its collaborative relationship with USYS, VYSA, MSYSA, and EDP Soccer to support and promote the new Club v Club + Team v Team format for the USYS National League South Atlantic Conference, managed by EDP Soccer. This new hybrid format features regionalized travel, advancement pathways to the USYS Eastern Regional Championships and USYS National League P.R.O., access to top showcases, and participation from over 100 of the most competitive clubs from around the region.

In addition, the CCL has announced an expanded league structure offering regionalized conference play with Club v Club and Team v Team options at the following levels: U8-U10 NextGen, U11-U12 Super League, U13-U19 DMV Premier League, U9-U19 Premier League East, and PRO23 U11-U19 Premier League West with. The CCL PRO23 summer league for college players continues to grow with over 35 participating clubs.

The CCL will continue to offer enhanced value and opportunities to its membership through soccer programming and business partnerships in four key areas:

  • League Play: National, Regional, and local opportunities in Club v Club and Team v Team formats
  • Events and Showcases: Guaranteed acceptance, top membership discounts, professional administration
  • Exclusive Partnerships: Partnerships with national brands to help clubs save money
  • Travel/Camps/Clinics: International travel, camps, clinics, and coaching education

In addition, the CCL will be expanding its membership options to include Clubs desiring to participate in some, but not all, CCL offerings.

“Over the past 25 years, the CCL has developed tremendous assets and an experienced, dedicated staff that will continue to provide players, families, coaches, teams, and clubs with competitive, meaningful matches while saving money,” said Brian Kuk, CCL Executive Director.

Bo Eskay, CCL Chair and FC Frederick Executive Director, stated: “On behalf of the Board of Directors, we believe this opportunity will give more clubs and teams access to top leagues and events, with less travel, and access to gold-standard partnerships that provide amazing benefits clubs cannot negotiate on their own.”

CCL’s league play will focus on the South Atlantic region and host the following league programming and events for travel teams, boys and girls, ages 8-23 and older:

CCL LEAGUE OPTIONS

LEAGUE AGE GENDER REGISTRATION OPTIONS GEOGRAPHY
NextGen U8-U10 Boys & Girls Full Slate Boys + Girls, Boys or Girls Side Only, Individual Teams Northern Virginia, Maryland, D.C., West Virginia
Super League U11-U12 Boys & Girls Full Slate Boys + Girls, Boys or Girls Side Only, Individual Teams Northern Virginia, Maryland, D.C., West Virginia
DMV Premier League U13-U19 Boys & Girls Open to Individual Teams Northern Virginia, Maryland, D.C., West Virginia
Premier League East U9-U19 Boys & Girls Open to Clubs & Individual Teams Central, East, Southeast Virginia
Premier League West U11-U19 Boys & Girls Open to Clubs & Individual Teams Central, West, Southwest Virginia
PRO23 U16+ Men/Women Open to Individual Teams South Atlantic Region

CCL EVENTS

EVENT AGE GENDER REGISTRATION OPTIONS GEOGRAPHY
NextGen ScrimmageFest U8-U12 Boys & Girls August 28-29, 2022; Open to Individual Teams Manassas, Virginia
Adidas Fall Festival U9-U19 Boys & Girls September 24-25, 2022; Open to Individual Teams Richmond, Virginia
CCL College Showcase U15-U19 Boys & Girls December 2-4, 2022; Open to Individual Teams Richmond, Virginia
South Atlantic College Showcase U15-U19 Boys & Girls February 3-5, 2023; Open to individual team Richmond, Virginia
College Combine U15-U19 Boys & Girls February 11-12, 2023; Open to Individual Players Richmond, Virginia
The adidas National Cup U11-U19 Boys & Girls February 17-19, 2023; Open to Individual Teams Richmond, Virginia
NextGen ScrimmageFest U8-U12 Boys & Girls May 20-21, 2023; Open to Individual Teams Manassas, Virginia
North American Soccer Championships U12-U19 Boys & Girls June 2023; Open to Individual Teams Tampa, Florida
CCL United U13/U15/U17 Boys & Girls July 2023; Select CCL Players and Coaches Minnesota / Denmark / Sweden

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