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.
It was only a few weeks ago that the SFEA 2005 Girls lost a heartbreaking NorCal State Cup championship in the roulette of a penalty shootout. Well, the team, under the guidance of head coach Tom Atencio and the relentless support of a great parent group, has gone on to prove that it's not about how hard you fall, but how quickly you get back up.
This past weekend the girls went undefeated across four matches, including beating two ECNL sides and not allowing a goal in their final to matches, to claim the title at the US Club National Cup West Regionals in Davis.
The SFEA 2005 Girls now become the first San Francisco youth team to earn their way into the prestigious US Club National Cup Championships to be held July 19-23rd in Commerce City, Colorado at Dick Sporting Goods Park. It's an incredible accomplishment and everyone SFEA would like to congratulate the team, coach, and parents on realizing one of their big goals.
The National Cup is US Club Soccer’s cup-based national championship competition open to US Club members. To learn more please see the US Club website at https://www.usclubsoccer.org/national-cup-west-regional
The SFEA 2004 Girls NPL team completed a strong weekend of play by claiming the title at the MVLA Tournament held this past weekend. The 2004 Girls squad. led by SFEA Head Coach Tom Atencio, went 4-0 over the weekend and won the final in dramatic fashion on penalty kicks. On the route to the final, the girls defeated West Coast, the San Jose Earthquakes and South San Jose, scoring 10 goals and only conceding 1, before facing off with the top West Coach team in the final.
Congratulations to the following 10 of our 13 SFEA teams for making the round of 16 in Norcal State Cup!
2003 Girls NPL
2003 Girls Norcal
2004 Girls NPL
2006 Girls Norcal
2004 Boys Norcal
These teams will resume play on April 14th and 15th, and be fighting for a coveted spot in the final 8 teams of their age group and cup divisions.
Teams, Players and Coaches Offered Access to the World’s Top Soccer Academies
SAN FRANCISCO, CA. – The San Francisco Elite Academy (SFEA) announced today a partnership with Generation Adidas International, the premier provider of elite developmental soccer opportunities and incomparable access to the worldʼs top academies and tournaments. Through the partnership, SFEA teams and players, boys and girls, will have the opportunity to travel abroad in order to train at top academies, play competitive friendly matches, participate in top youth tournaments, visit stadiums, attend elite professional matches, and more.
Generation Adidas International partner clubs include the Real Madrid Foundation (closely aligned with Real Madrid F.C.), A.F.C Ajax, S.L. Benfica, Valencia C.F., and Fulham F.C. and many others. Additionally, Generation Adidas International maintains operations working out of four european travel hubs--London, Amsterdam, Madrid and Rome--allowing them to carefully tailor dozens of various soccer experiences for participating teams.
Designed for the top-level, U.S. team, player, and coaching staff, Adidas Global International affords a unique opportunity to see the game through the eyes of the world’s best clubs. Those who participate return to their home environments with a new appreciation for the highest standards of the game and the work required to be the best, but also with memories of a cultural experience and exchange that lasts a lifetime.
Initially, SFEA and Generation Adidas International will work together to build custom itineraries for qualified teams, including unique opportunities for our girls teams. In addition, they will work to identify appropriate international tournament opportunities as well as coaching education tours to help our staff bring back best practices from the world’s top training environments.
“The San Francisco Elite Academy is about providing next level opportunities for our teams and players,” said Joe Dugan, President of the San Francisco Elite Academy. “Through our partnership with Generation Adidas International we’re able to offer select teams a unique training and playing experience abroad while looking to grow our relationship to eventually include academy visits for our broader coaching staff as well.”
For more information about our new Generation Adidas International partnership please visit our Generation Adidas page on our website located et www.sfea.org
About San Francisco Elite Academy
The San Francisco Elite is a youth soccer club for elite-level and aspiring youth soccer players in San Francisco. The organization provides next level training at a critical juncture in a player’s development by offering highly licensed and experienced coaching, soccer-first facilities, and a proven development curriculum, backed by specialized coaching and programs. SFEA was the first team in San Francisco to have a U.S. Soccer Development Academy program and places more teams in US Club’s National Premier League than any other San Francisco club. In addition, SFEA is committed to leaving no dedicated player behind and provides over $100,000 in financial aid and scholarship funding annually. For more information please visit www.sfea.org.
About Generation Adidas International
Generation Adidas International, like no other brand, is dedicated to providing top level soccer developmental and educational experiences for youth players, college players, coaches and fans. In the area of youth development, Generation Adidas International is the only brand that offers real, tangible, and meaningful access to its global partners. Our strategic relationships with the world’s top professional youth academies provide adidas partner youth teams and coaches access to Europe’s and South America’s top echelon of professional training and competition. Through its affiliations with the world’s top professional soccer academies, federations and tournaments,Generation Adidas International offers the most complete soccer travel experience. Our programs are designed
to promote the development of youth soccer through elite levels of competition and Team Travel Programs, International Tournaments, Coaching Education, and Clinics. For more information please visit www.generationadidasinternational.com
The SF Elite Academy
Our mission is to provide an elite level program for soccer players in San Francisco.