Youth: Girls Development Academy adds cup competition

The U.S. Soccer Girls Development Academy, for its third season of 2019-2020, will add a cup competition to run concurrent to regular-season play. All clubs in the U-15, U-16, U-17 and U-18/19 age groups will take part. Both regular-season and cup results will lead to qualification to the Academy Playoffs.

"This new competition creates an environment where games throughout the year become more meaningful and keep players engaged far into the spring season," said Miriam Hickey, U.S. Soccer Director of Club Development. "The stakes are raised for games at Showcase events and players will have the chance to compete against a number of teams they do not normally face during the regular season without a significant increase in travel costs. I'm looking forward to watching the teams compete in the inaugural cup next year."

The three Girls DA annual competitions beginning in the 2019-20 season.

Regular season: Teams play a regular-season schedule against teams in their region. The top finishers in each division automatically qualify for the playoffs.

Cup competition: Teams compete in a regional group stage during the fall to determine seeding in the second group stage. The second group stage takes place at Winter Showcase and determines seeding for the knockout stage, which takes place at Spring Showcase. The winner of the knockout stage is crowned cup champion. Runners-up compete toward wild-card playoff berths and seeding in next season's cup competition.

Playoffs and Championships: Group stage and knockout round competition for qualified teams at the U-15, U-16, U-17 and U-18/19 age groups. A DA champion will be crowned at each age group.

For details on the structure of the new Girls DA cup competition, go HERE.

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