More former DA clubs join Girls Academy League in Southeast Conference
The Girls Academy League continued its rollout of member club announcements on Tuesday, revealing the Southeast Conference. Six clubs representing the states of Florida, Georgia and North Carolina, have solidified their spots for the 2020-2021 season.
Five of the six Southeast Conference clubs are former Girls DA members: IMG Academy (FL), Tophat Soccer (GA), United Soccer Alliance (FL), West Florida Flames (FL) and Weston FC (FL). Wake FC (NC) joins the conference as well, as the northern-most representative.
The Southeast is the fifth Girls Academy League conference to be announced. The Northeast, Southwest, Mid-America and Mid-Atlantic Conferences have already been unveiled. Meanwhile, member clubs for the Frontier Conference are expected to be announced in the coming days.
To see what all former Girls DA clubs are doing, follow SoccerWire’s Girls Development Academy Club Realignment Tracker.
The Girls Academy League is a new competition platform launched by members of the Development Player League (DPL). The DPL was originally created through a collaboration of Southwest Division DA clubs, with a national leadership group consisting of representatives from LA Surf (Barry Ritson), Legends FC (Kevin Boyd), Tophat Soccer (Troy Garner), Lonestar SC (Wes Schevers) and FC Dallas Youth (Matt Grubb).
Although the DPL’s Girls Academy League will be primarily composed of former DA clubs, it will not be strictly limited to them. The DPL has stated that it will continue to provide its clubs with flexibility in the following two key areas:
- Permission for all players in the Girls Academy League to participate in high school soccer.
- Revising the substitution rules to encourage clubs to better utilize their player pools, especially when showcasing their players to college coaches.