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Youth Boys Oct 28, 2020

Member clubs set for USL Academy League’s East-Central Division

TAMPA, Fla. – The United Soccer League (USL) confirmed on Tuesday the founding members of the USL Academy League’s East-Central Division.

The inaugural season of Academy League play is due to kick off in spring 2021, and will provide clubs in all three of the USL’s senior divisions with an elite youth development and competition platform.

The structure of the USL Academy League provides USL clubs a progressive model to develop local players for their Senior Team, at a lessened cost of traditional pre-professional academies. Doing so will also enable far more clubs and communities to participate, allowing for the regional division format which limits travel demand to teams and families.

The six clubs set to compete in the East-Central Division of the inaugural USL Academy League are as follows:

  • Cleveland Force SC: Cleveland, OH (future USL League Two)
  • Flint City Bucks: Flint, MI (USL League Two)
  • Grand Rapids FC: Grand Rapids, MI (USL League Two)
  • Indy Eleven: Indianapolis, IN (USL Championship)
  • Louisville City FC: Louisville, KY (USL Championship)
  • Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC: Pittsburgh, PA (USL Championship)

Regional alignment announcements conclude on Thursday with the unveiling of both South-Central Division and the Southwest Division. For more information on the USL Academy League, visit

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