MIAMI, FL. (March 01, 2019)-- Earlier this season USSDA decided to no longer host and manage the U12 age group. Although they have acknowledged U12 programs are an integral part of player development, it has become the academy clubs and programs responsibility to create environments to accelerate the development of players in this early stage.
In order to achieve this, Florida USSDA programs have come together to create the Florida Academy League. Initially the league will host the current USSDA U12 programs in a state competition. The main focus is to maintain the standards and guidelines of the current USSDA U12 academy league while improving the schedule by playing home and away matches vs. each club in the league.
The USSDA clubs in the league are the following; Chargers, GPS, Florida Rush, Inter Miami CF, Jacksonville Armada, Kendall SC, Orland City Youth Soccer, Palm Beach Predators, PSG Plantation FC, South Florida Football Academy, Tampa Bay Rowdies, Wellington FC, West Florida Flames, Weston FC.
Through this initiative Florida USSDA clubs ensure a challenging level of competition for the U12 academies as well as providing the flexibility to continue to improve the league as it moves forward. In the past five years, Florida USSDA’s has promoted 73 players to professional clubs and over 200 players to top Universities. USSDA’s in Florida have become the best pathway for player development and promotion in the state. Florida Academy League director of operations Mr. Sean Carey “Zone 1 grassroots is the foundation of a successful youth academy, we are confident the creation of the Florida Academy League will provide the most challenging and organized competitive environment for U12 players in Florida.
For more information visit the Florida Academy League's website.