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USYS Mar 18, 2022

US Youth Soccer National League Elite 64 welcomes new set of member clubs

FRISCO, Texas — The US Youth Soccer National League announced the next nine boys and eight girls clubs that will compete as inaugural members of Elite 64.

AFC Lightning (GA)
AYSO United (CA)
Boston Bolts (MA)
Cincinnati United Premier (OH)
Colorado Rapids Youth SC (CO)
East County Surf SC (CA)
FC 1974 Libertyville (IL)
Michigan Jaguars FC (MI)
Utah Soccer Alliance (UT)
Arsenal Colorado (CO)
AYSO United (CA)
Boston Bolts (MA)
Colorado Rapids Youth SC (CO)
East County Surf SC (CA)
FC Copa Academy (NJ)
Phoenix Rising (AZ)
Wasatch Soccer Club (UT)

Each of these Elite 64 clubs share a collective vision and are dedicated to providing an unmatched gameday experience, in addition to maintaining the highest standards, both on and off the field, to maximize the opportunities available to their players.

“We are really excited to expand the pool of clubs within Elite 64 to this group of top-class organizations that will add to already outstanding collection of clubs that have been announced to this point,” said Simon Collins, USYS National League Commissioner. “We have been very encouraged by the conversations with club leaders, and we look forward to working with these clubs to elevate the experience for the players. These clubs have proven to set a high standard in how they operate on and off the field, and together we’ll strive to provide the best possible platform that helps the players reach their full potential.”

The newly-announced elite performance tier of the National League, Elite 64 will begin play this fall and feature club-based competition for the nation’s top boys and girls players in the 13U, 14U, 15U, 16U, 17U and 18/19U age groups. The 64 clubs in each gender will be geographically positioned into eight groups of eight clubs. Teams play a 14-game league season and have access to two national showcases (alongside National League P.R.O.) and the Elite 64 national finals.

Each of the inaugural Elite 64 clubs will benefit from performance analysis from ProScore and new USYS partner STATSports, using their performance wearable technology. All data and analysis collected will be shared with college coaches and professional scouts — making every Elite 64 game or training session a recruitable moment.

Acceptance into Elite 64 guarantees each club a minimum three-year involvement in the competition, with 18-month evaluations of every club taking place to ensure standards are met and Elite 64 maintains the highest possible level of competitive balance across the platform.

View the Club Directory to see all the inaugural Elite 64 clubs that have been announced to this point and continue to check back as more are announced.

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