They were among layoffs that took place throughout the Federation on Wednesday, coinciding with the move to fold the Development Academy. Read the whole story
The two age groups the league will likely concentrate on are U-17 and U-15, but it is also looking at U-19. Read the whole story
Before COVID-19, Girls DA clubs were defecting to the ECNL and there was plenty of discontent with how the Federation handled the Boys DA. Read the whole story
"A positive: So many people came together the last few days regardless of league or pro or non pro. So many directors on calls with everyone. I hope this helps everyone evaluate things."
-- National Soccer Hall of Famer Hugo Perez, the director of coaching at the Silicon Valley Soccer Academy, on the collaboration of club directors in recent days as it became apparent that U.S. Soccer would fold the Development Academy. (@hugoperez_07)
Before U.S. Soccer finally made official its termination of the Development Academy, Boys DA clubs flocked to the ECNL. Read the whole story
"When the DA was created in 2007, there were systemic issues of too many games and not enough meaningful games and not enough training sessions. There was a philosophical change and it took time to
grow, but that has been a positive impact of what that [DA] program did. But as it grew and as things changed, the clubs began to be distanced from each other and you started to have situations
where clubs were not able to and would not play each other, even if they were in the same city or close by. That's not a great thing for competition. It's not a great thing to have kids drive past
each other just because the structures don't allow them to play. The challenge now is to create a collaborative program."
-- ECNL president Christian Lavers on clubs from different leagues working together and playing against each other in the future as the ECNL expands its boys league and MLS launches its new youth league in response to the demise of the Development Academy. (The Athletic)
The three major U.S. youth soccer leagues enrolled more than 200 teams at the under-17 boys level in 2019-20. Read the whole story
The announcement came about two hours before U.S. Soccer confirmed the termination of its Development Academy. Read the whole story
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