Six clubs join Girls Academy League’s Northwest Conference
Six clubs, including two former U.S. Soccer Development Academy members, have joined the newly-launched Girls Academy League’s Northwest Conference.
Moraga, Calif. based Lamorinda Soccer Club and National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) affiliate Reign Academy based in the Seattle area will join the league following the closure of the DA.
ISC Gunners (Issaquah, Wash.), Silicon Valley SA / Palo Alto SC (Bay Area, Calif.), Breakers F.C. (Santa Cruz, Calif.) and Clovis Crossfire (Clovis, Calif.) will also compete as inaugural members of the Northwest Conference in the 2020-2021 season.
With the unveiling of the initial Northwest Conference members, a total of 59 clubs around the country have now entered the Girls Academy League.
The Girls Academy League is a new competition platform launched by members of the Development Player League (DPL). 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.