Girls Academy to hold second Champions League competition in March 2022
The Girls Academy (GA) has announced further details of the second event in their Champions League competition. This event will take place March 10-15, 2022 on the campus of IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. It is a continuation of the group play from the first event in California in December 2021.
Teams will compete in a round of 16, quarterfinal, semifinal, and final match to determine a Champions League winner per age group. 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 U14, U17, and U19 age groups will play four games between March 10-14 while the U13, U15, and U16 age groups will play four games between March 11-15.
“We are excited for the second portion of this year’s inaugural Champions League competition in the Girls Academy,” said Lesle Gallimore, Commissioner, Girls Academy. “These clubs and wild card teams were resilient, determined, and overcame a lot of obstacles in the 2020-2021 season to earn their place in the GA Champions League. The December competition was a terrific preview of what lies ahead at this stand-alone event in March on the pristine grounds of IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. The event will provide a focused scouting opportunity for college coaches and US youth national team scouts. It will be fun to watch teams and clubs aspire to be the best of the best while modeling the high playing standards we strive for in the Girls Academy.”
Champions League California attracted hundreds of college coaches and US Soccer Youth National Team scouts. The competition also helped establish seeding for the knockout phase.
Full Champions League clubs include: Cedar Stars Monmouth, City SC, Colorado Rush, 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.
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