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Youth Girls Feb 20, 2019

Six new clubs to join U.S. Soccer Girls DA for 2019-20 season

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CHICAGO (Via U.S. Soccer) — The U.S. Soccer Girls’ Development Academy will expand its membership for the 2019-20 season to 71 clubs, encompassing 342 teams.

As part of its mission to impact everyday environments to develop world-class players, six new clubs will join the Girls’ Academy and two clubs will introduce new age-group teams. With the introduction of the Girls’ U-16 age group, the upcoming third season of the Girls’ Academy will be its largest ever, set to feature nearly 7,000 players.


Club Location Age Group(s) Conference
Albion SC Las Vegas Henderson, Nev. All (U-14, U-15, U-16, U-17, U-18/19) West
Cedar Stars Academy – Bergen South Hackensack, N.J.


U-14, U-15 East
Salvo SC Egan, Minn. All (U-14, U-15, U-16, U-17, U-18/19) Central
SJEB Rush Marlton, N.J. U-14, U-15, U-16, U-17, U-18/19 East
South Shore Select Hingham, Mass. All (U-14, U-15, U-16, U-17, U-18/19) East
STA Development Academy Randolph, N.J. U-14, U-15 East


Club Location New Age Group(s) Conference
Arlington Soccer Association Arlington, Va. U-16, U-17, U-18/19 East
Long Island SC Plainview, N.Y. U-16 East

New clubs and new age-group teams were selected for admission to the Academy following a thorough review process by the U.S. Soccer Club Development department based on:

  • Academy leadership and quality of coaching staff
    • Desire to embrace Development Academy philosophy and core values
    • Infrastructure and investment of resources
    • Player production history, player pool depth and geographic location

“After a thorough review of the everyday environments at applicant clubs, a select number were chosen to join the Girls’ Academy for its third season,” said Miriam Hickey, U.S. Soccer Director of Club Development. “It is evident that these clubs are passionate about providing opportunities for female players to have access to fun, challenging and safe environments that encourage them to reach their full potential.

“In these environments, the club leaders and coaches will serve as role models to ensure that players remain lifelong participants. These female players are our future on the field, as well as our next generation of coaches, referees and fans. Together with our Club Development Managers across the country we look forward to providing support and collaborating with current and new Academy clubs.”

+READ: U.S. Soccer adds U-16 age group to Girls DA for 2019-20 season

Six new clubs will join the Girls’ Academy in its third year, including one from a new geographic region: Albion SC Las Vegas, the first Academy club from Nevada for either gender.

SJEB Rush will join the Girls’ Academy as a full member after competing in the Girls’ U-13 pilot program during the 2018-19 season. Already a part of the Boys’ Academy, Cedar Stars Academy – Bergen will join the Girls’ Academy for the 2019-20 season. In addition to Cedar Stars and SJEB, two more new clubs come from the East Coast in South Shore Select and STA Development Academy, while Salvo SC becomes the second Girls’ Academy club based in Minnesota.

Following the launch of its Girls’ Academy programming this season at the U-14 and U-15 levels, Arlington Soccer Association will expand to the U-16, U-17 and U-18/19 age groups for 2019-20. Long Island SC will also add a team in the new U-16 age group.


2018-19 2019-20
Age Groups Clubs Age Groups  Clubs
U-14 64 U-14 70
U-15 65 U-15 71
U-16/17 63 U-16 69
U-17 68
U-18/19 59 U-18/19 64
Total Groups: 4 Teams: 251
Clubs: 65
Total Groups: 5 Teams: 342
Clubs: 71

“The growth of the Academy is not simply measured in the number of new clubs or players,” said Jared Micklos, Youth National Teams Director. “It is about the commitment of both existing and new clubs to raise the collective standard and create optimal environments focused on the development of players that will pay dividends for years to come.”

At the start of the 2019-20 Girls’ Academy season, the following age eligibility dates will be in effect:

  • U-18/19: Players born Jan. 1, 2001 or later
  • U-17: Players born Jan. 1, 2003 or later
  • U-16: Players born Jan. 1, 2004 or later
  • U-15: Players born Jan. 1, 2005 or later
  • U-14: Players born Jan. 1, 2006 or later

Expansion to Boys’ Academy membership will be announced in the coming weeks. The 2019-20 regular season and event schedule will be released by June 1, 2019.

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