US Youth Soccer South Atlantic Conference announces expansion for 2022-23
Frisco, Texas – The American Youth Soccer South Atlantic Conference, operated by EDP Soccer, will introduce a new competitive format in the 2022-23 soccer year. It will feature an innovative mix of Club vs. Club and Team vs. Team competitions.
The format will be based on the creation of divisions in which clubs can register to participate in a Club vs. Club component, and individual teams can register to participate in a Team vs. Team component – all in a single table of ranking. All teams in the Club vs. Club component and all teams in the Team vs. Team component will play against each other during the football year in a division of the South Atlantic Conference – Premier I or Premier II – and with all games count in the leaderboard. To accommodate high school football seasons, which differ from state to state, South Atlantic Conference schedules will include nine-month playing opportunities from September through May.
Currently, eight clubs have already pledged to support the Club v Club component of the South Atlantic Conference at Premier I level for the 2022-23 football year:
|Alexandria Football Association||Virginia|
|Northern Virginia Football Club||Virginia|
|Barca Academy Northern Virginia||Virginia|
|Herndon Youth Football||Virginia|
|Lee Mount Vernon Sports Club||Virginia|
|DC Soccer Club||Maryland|
|Virginia Revolution Football Club||Virginia|
They will join teams that have competed successfully in the South Atlantic Conference’s existing team-vs-team format. During the Spring 2022 season, these teams represent the following clubs: A3 Soccer, Alliance Soccer Club, Arundel Soccer Association, Aspen Hill Soccer Club, Baltimore Celtic Soccer Club, Baltimore Crew, Baltimore Union Soccer Club, Barcelona USA MD, Benfica Soccer School DC, Bethesda SC, Bowie Youth SA, Brausa United FC, Broadneck SC, BRYC Elite Academy, Burke AC, Calvert SA, Capital Area SA, Central Carroll SC, Cerritos SA, Columbia SC, Coppermine SC, DC Soccer Club, DeMatha SA , DMV FC, DORADUS FC, East Penn SC, Ellicott City SC, EPIC SC, FC Charles 1658, FC USA, FCGB, Fredericksburg FC, Freedom SC, Freestate SA, Future SC, Go Premier Soccer, Great Falls Reston SC, Hereford SC , Hydro FC, Keystone FC, Lancaster Elite, Laurel Soccer Club, Liverpool FCIA MD, Loudoun SC, LTSC, Manassas United, Maryland International SC, Maryland Rush, Maryland Rush Montgomery, Maryland United FC, Matrix SA, McLean YS, Metro United, Montgomery Soccer, Next Level Soccer, North Chesapeake FC, N Northwest SC, NPC, Old Line FC, OBGC, Pachuca FC USA, Paragon FA, Penn FC Youth, Pennsylvania SA, Player Progression Academy, Pipeline SC, Players SA, Potomac SA, Premier AC, Salisbury United SC, Severna Park, Shore FC , SAC, SCPSA, SYC, St. Mary’s Soccer, Sterling SC, Takoma Park SC, Team America, SDFC, Thunder SC, Total FC, Touch Kings FC, Towson United, TSJ FC Virginia, United Elite Soccer, Villarreal Virginia Academy, Virginia Revolution SC, Washington Capital United and World Class Premier.
Other clubs and teams are invited to participate, and a full group of competitors will be announced after the close of the application and registration period. Additional details on conference registration, as well as information on team eligibility and pathing to the USYS South Atlantic conference, can be found on the conference homepage.
As one of 13 USYS National League conferences, the South Atlantic Conference provides a competitive league platform for teams and clubs from a number of USYS state associations, primarily : eastern Pennsylvania, Maryland (including Washington, DC), Virginia and West Virginia. . The conference offers competitions in the boys and girls age groups from 13U to 19U.
The South Atlantic Conference Premier Division (Premier I) offers its teams the opportunity to qualify for the Eastern Regional American Youth Championships, which are held each summer. Additionally, Conference teams have the chance to earn their place in the National League PRO, which is an additional competitive platform for top National League teams.
“The South Atlantic Conference is delighted to have the opportunity to offer an innovative format that offers both Club vs. Club and Team vs. Team competition in unique competitive divisions offering a consistently high standard of play for all those involved,” the South Atlantic Conference said. manager Jen Marcella. “Team versus team play is already established in the Conference. Now, like other USYS National League conferences, Club versus Club play will be introduced. Since all teams in a division will be competing against each other, there will be a wide variety of opponents for each participating team, whether they register for the Club vs. Club or Team vs. Team stream.
“The South Atlantic Conference region has a long history of producing quality teams and great players. We are excited to complement the well-established team vs. team component of the conference by also offering a club vs. club component. for clubs and their teams who value the club experience but also want the opportunity to play for other top-level teams,” said USYS National League Commissioner Simon Collins.” The multiple pathways from conference to regional to national competition based on on-field performance offered by the USYS National League system are unprecedented in youth football.”
Tommy Park, Executive Director of Alexandria SA, previewed the 2022/2023 football year with the following comments: “Alexandria SA are delighted to present a new annual National League calendar for our boys and girls club that combines the positive attributes of both clubs team-based and team-based competition structures The unique platform, customized for the South Atlantic Conference area, is highlighted by a wide variety of competitive opportunities with teams from the top 100 clubs, reduced travel, promotion/relegation, established showcase competitions and the opportunity for the most advanced teams to compete for the USYS National Championship.
Bo Eskay, Executive Director of FC Frederick, added, “FC Frederick is thrilled to help launch the country’s first hybrid club vs club plus team vs team junior soccer league. This remarkable innovation combines the unique advantages of both competitive formats with a USYS National Championship path through the USYS National League South Atlantic Conference. Special thanks to US Youth Soccer, Maryland State Youth Soccer Association and Virginia Youth Soccer Association for supporting the clubs and teams whose players will benefit from this new approach!