Youth: U.S. Soccer Girls DA adds six clubs for 2019-2020 season

Next season, 71 clubs will participate in U.S. Soccer's Girls Development Academy, up from 65 in 2018-19 and 69 in its inaugural season of 2017-18. The Girls DA is also adding a U-16 age group for the 2019-20 season.

2019-20 Girls DA Club Additions
Albion SC Las Vegas (U-14, U-15, U-16, U-17, U-18/19)
Cedar Stars Academy-Bergen, N.J. (U-14, U-15)
Salvo SC, Minn. (U-14, U-15, U-16, U-17, U-18/19)
SJEB Rush, N.J. (U-14, U-15)
South Shore Select, Mass. (U-14, U-15, U-16, U-17, U-18/19)
STA Development Academy, N.J. (U-14, U-15, U-16, U-17, U-18/19)

Returning club Arlington (Va.) Soccer Association is adding teams at U-16, U-17, U-18/19, and Long Island (N.Y.) SC, is adding U-16s.

The addition of the six clubs and the age group expansion will increase the number of Girls DA players to nearly 7,000.

"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, said in a press release. "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."

After the inaugural season, three major clubs that fielded teams in both the DA and the ECNL -- New Jersey-based Sky Blue-PDA, the Michigan Hawks and the FC Stars of Massachusetts -- withdrew from the DA while remaining in the ECNL, the national girls league founded in 2009.

Albion SC Las Vegas becomes the first DA club from Nevada for either gender.

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