Girls Academy announces matchups for Champions League competition
The Girls Academy (GA) has announced the first-round matchups for the second event in their inaugural Champions League competition. The event will take place March 10-15, 2022 on the campus of IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida and champions will be crowned.
“After experiencing the level of play, the intensity of the competition, and the atmosphere in the GA Champions League event in December, it’s no wonder the players are fired up to compete in March,” said Amy Griffin, President of the Girls Academy and Director of OL Reign Academy. “This next round of games will most certainly be ramped up, and I’m grateful the GA is able to provide such a competitive platform for these deserving players and their clubs. I cannot wait to watch, and once again, be inspired in Florida.”
The March event will feature teams competing in a round of 16, quarterfinal, semifinal, and final match to determine the Champions League winner per age group for the 2021-2022 season. Teams advancing in each round will compete in the winner’s bracket while teams that do not advance will compete for club points in the consolation bracket.
In addition to each age group’s Champions League winner, an overall league-wide Club Champions League winner will be named based on results in the Champions League. The full Champions League event schedule with game times and field numbers will be released Tuesday, March 1st. The U14, U17, and U19 age groups will play between March 10-14 while the U13, U15, and U16 age groups will play between March 11- 15. First round match ups by age group are listed below.
“The Champions League has been great for the club, our GA teams and more importantly the players,” said Nick Burke, NEFC Girls Director of Coaching. “We have had the opportunity to compete against some of the best clubs, teams and players in the country. All the games have been very competitive and challenging. With YNT scouts and college coaches at every game, it has given the players at NEFC (and all teams/clubs in the competition) a great opportunity to showcase themselves. We are very excited to participate in the next Champions League event at IMG in March.”
ROUND OF 16 MATCHES
U19 – March 10
FC Bay Area vs Cincinnati United (CUP) IMG Academy vs Houston Dash Academy South Shore Select vs TSJ FC Virginia Colorado Rush vs OL Reign Academy Lamorinda SC vs SC Del Sol Nationals Girls Academy vs Cedar Stars Monmouth City SC vs NEFC Tophat SC Gold vs SC Wave
U17 – March 10
Oakwood Soccer Club vs Lamorinda SC Nationals Girls Academy vs SC Del Sol TSJ FC Virginia vs City SC NEFC vs Cedar Stars Monmouth Florida United vs South Shore Select Colorado Rush vs Tophat SC Gold Houston Dash vs IMG Academy Cincinnati United (CUP) vs FC Bay Area
U16 – March 11
Colorado Rush vs Lamorinda SC Lonestar SC vs South Shore Select Nationals Girls Academy vs Houston Dash Tophat SC Gold vs West Coast SC NEFC vs Cedar Stars Monmouth TSJ FC Virginia vs FC Bay Area SC Del Sol vs Cincinnati United (CUP) IMG Academy vs City SC
U15 – March 11
Lamorinda SC vs Florida United TSJ FC Virginia vs FC Bay Area NEFC vs Cedar Stars Monmouth Nationals Girls Academy vs Colorado Rush City SC vs South Shore Select Houston Dash Academy vs Palm Beach Kicks IMG Academy vs Cincinnati United (CUP) Tophat SC Gold vs SC Del Sol
U14 – March 10
Nationals Girls Academy vs SC Del Sol Cedar Stars Monmouth vs City SC Lamorinda SC vs Albion SC LV South Shore Select vs Cincinnati United (CUP) Lou Fusz Athletic vs TSJ FC Virginia NEFC vs IMG Academy
Colorado Rush vs FC Bay Area Tophat SC Gold vs Houston Dash Academy
U13 – March 11
Cincinnati United (CUP) vs Tophat SC Gold Houston Dash Academy vs TSJ FC Virginia IMG Academy vs FC Bay Area Colorado Rush vs Cedar Stars Monmouth Lonestar SC vs Lamorinda SC NEFC vs SC Del Sol
City SC vs Nationals Girls Academy Michigan Jaguars vs South Shore Select
Full Champions League clubs include: Cedar Stars Monmouth, City SC, Colorado Rush, Cincinnati United (CUP), FC Bay Area, Houston Dash, IMG Academy, Lamorinda, Nationals, NEFC, SC Del Sol, South Shore Select, Tophat, and TSJ FC Virginia. Champions League wildcard positions include teams from Albion SC Las Vegas, Florida United, Lonestar, Lou Fusz, Michigan Jaguars, Oakwood SC, OL Reign, SC Wave, and West Coast FC.