2007 SFEA BOYS TO PARTICIPATE IN NATIONAL U13 TOURNAMENT AS SFEA AND SF CITY FC FURTHER ALIGN PLAYER PATHWAY
SAN FRANCISCO, CA. JUNE 20, 2019—The San Francisco Elite Academy, as a partner of San Francisco City FC, announced today that an SFEA U13 boys team will participate in the inaugural USL Academy Cup to be held May 22-25, 2020 (Memorial Day) at the Hillsborough County Tournament SportsPlex in Tampa, Florida.
The USL Academy Cup is a new national competition of academy teams from all three levels of USL—the Championship, League One, and League Two—designed to bring together top youth prospects from all USL club markets in order to identify and contribute to the development of players with the potential to reach the professional level.
"Since its inception, SFEA has always been committed to providing our players access to the highest levels of play in order to accelerate player development" said Joe Dugan, President of the San Francisco Elite Academy. "This unique opportunity for our U13 boys group is part of our ongoing pursuit for higher levels of play for all our teams across the board."
In early May, the United Soccer League (USL) announced USL clubs that will compete in the USL Academy Cup, a new event beginning this year featuring the country’s elite youth players from the U-13 and U-17 age groups. The announcement supported the recent unveiling of the league’s vision for an Academy system, establishing the Academy Cup as the forerunner to the first-ever USL Academy League, built to provide a clear youth-to-pro path in each USL community.
“It’s an exciting time for our youth soccer athletes,” said Leonard Griffin, SFEA’s Director of Coaching for Boys and the Head Coach of Men’s Soccer at the University of San Francisco. “The creation of national youth soccer events, like the USL Academy Cup, not only showcase our top players but offer them a chance to compete against some of the best youth players from all across the country.”
About the San Francisco Elite Academy (SFEA)
The San Francisco Elite Academy (SFEA) is the top college placement youth soccer program in San Francisco, in just four years we have over 30 former players now competing in college soccer. We are developing the next generation of players to the highest standards, ensuring they receive the necessary training and support to successfully represent San Francisco at the highest level of play, our community, and our country. Please visit sfea.org to learn more.
About United Soccer League (USL)
Originally founded in 1986, the United Soccer League has become one of the most sophisticated soccer organizations in North America over the past decade. Comprised of three leagues (the USL Championship, USL League One, and USL League Two) as it enters 2019, the USL is set to bring high-level competition to more than 100 markets across the United States and Canada in the coming years. Please visit www.uslsoccer.com to learn more.
About the USL Academy Cup
The first key initiative launched under USL’s newest tier is the USL Academy Cup – a competition designed to bring together top youth prospects from all of our markets with USL clubs, all centered around identifying and developing players with the potential to reach the professional level. As a part of USL’s growth, the Academy Cup will lead into the Academy League, a player-focused, club-driven league designed to serve as the gold standard of youth development. Aligning with the USL’s vision, clubs will participate at the highest level of competition in their respective age ranges with a goal to improve club and coaching development as well as provide the optimal environment for player growth. Please see: www.uslsoccer.com/academy for more details.
About the San Francisco City FC
San Francisco City Football Club is a supporter-owned soccer club competing in USL League Two. The team is committed to its goals of representing San Francisco on the national stage and giving back to our community by aiding local charitable groups. Go to sfcityfc.com to learn more.
Congratulations to Cal North ODP U17 Girls and their head coach, Jeff Wilson of the San Francisco Elite Academy on their runner-up finish at the 2018 West Regional Championships in Arizona.
The Cal North 01 Girls finished second in group play with a 2 win (wins over Idaho and Colorado) and 1 draw performance (against Eastern Washington), and then advanced to the final after beating Eastern Washington 2-1 via penalty kicks in what amounted to a rematch.
Beyond Jeff Wilson, the Cal North ODP U17 Girls also featured San Francisco Elite Players Lucinda Anderson, Brittney Righetti, and Gabrielle Garland (pictured left).
Other SFEA players participating in the West Regional Championships included Veronica Zeidman and Maggie Altman (2002 Girls), Noelle Namba (2003 Girls), and Max Lau (2001 Boys)
Congratulations to our SFEA coach and his team, as well as all our players, on a fantastic accomplishment!
The San Francisco Elite Academy sent 7 teams to this year's premier national showcase, the Surf College Cup Showcase, and several made a statement about the quality of their team, players and coaches with terrific performances.
Leading the way was the 2001 Boys, which recently qualified for the spring NPL Champions League. The 2001 Boys won two matches and tied one at Surf, meaning they finished first in their group of six teams. During the showcase, seven different players claimed goals and the 2001 boys scored 9 goals over their three matches. Also, doing well in San Diego were the 99/00 Boys and 2002 Girls. Both teams finished third in their groups. The 99/00 boys went 1-1-1 to finish third among six teams, and the 2002 Girls went 2-1 to finish third among eight teams.
Best of all, each of SFEA's seven participating teams (99/00, 01, and 02 Boys, and 01, 02, 03, 04 Girls) got to play in a pristine playing setting that included over 500 participating college coaches. College coaches were regular fixtures along the sidelines of SFEA games and were introduced to SFEA players with team rosters with player information. Congratulations to all our SFEA teams for what was yet another good year at Surf College Cup.
The San Francisco Elite Academy is proud to announce that the 99/00 Boys NPL, 01 Boys NPL, 02 Boys NPL, and the 01 Girls NPL, 02 Girls NPL, 03 Girls NPL, and 04 Girls NPL all have been selected to attend one of the nation's most coveted soccer showcases--the 2017 Surf College Cup Showcase. This marks the second year running that SFEA has sent multiple teams to compete against some of the best players in the nation. Held over Thanksgiving weekend at two premier field facilities in San Diego, the Surf College Showcase is considered one of the two premier national showcases for youth soccer players and only accepts approximately 1 in 3 teams that apply. Typically, over 500 college coaches attend the event to scout youth soccer talent who play three games over a three-day period against some of the top soccer clubs in the country (see the graphic below). Congratulations to these seven teams and we hope they both enjoy and take advantage of this unique opportunity to compete against the "Best of the Best," which is a cornerstone of what makes the San Francisco Elite Academy unique in San Francisco.
The Academy sent 3 boys teams--1999, 2000, and 2001; and 2 girls teams--2001 & 2002 to the NPL College Showcase this past weekend. All teams performed well with close to 120 college coaches in attendance. College Showcases like these are an important part of the Academy's commitment to preparing players for next-level soccer careers.
Despite perpetual downpours and constant gloomy weather, it would be hard to call the 2016 NorCal NPL College Showcase anything other than a success. Several of the divisions came down to the final minutes of action, providing an excellent atmosphere for the players, coaches and spectators alike.
College Coaches in Attendance...
Women's Coaches: Academy of Art, American River College, Cal, Cal Baptist, Cal Lutheran, Cal Poly SLO, Chico State, Colorado College, Columbia Basin College, CSU Bakersfield, CSU Stanislaus, Dominican, Fresno Pacific, Fresno State, Holy Names, Humboldt State, Long Beach State, Louisiana Tech, Menlo College, Nevada – Reno, Pacific, Sacramento State, Saint Mary’s, San Francisco, San Francisco State, Sierra Nevada College, Sonoma State, Southern Oregon, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Merced, UC Santa Barbara, UC Santa Cruz, University of Antelope Valley, UNLV, William Jessup, Yakima Valley College
Men's Coaches: Academy of Art, American River College, Assumption College, Cal, Canada College, Claremont McKenna, Chico State, College of Marin, Concordia – Portland, CSU East Bay, CSU Monterey Bay, CSU San Bernardino, CSU Stanislaus, Dominican, Eastern Oregon, Emerson College, Fresno Pacific, Holy Names, Humboldt State, Loyola Marymount, Montana State – Billings, Northwest Christian, Notre Dame de Namur, Pacific (CA), Pacific (OR), Peninsula College, Rogue Community College, Sacramento State, Saint Mary’s, San Francisco, San Francisco State, San Jose State, Santa Clara, Skyline, Sonoma State, Southern Oregon, Swarthmore College, Tabor College, UC Davis, UC Merced, UC Riverside, William Jessup
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