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.
San Francisco, CA, April 10, 2019—The San Francisco Nighthawks, a founding member of the WPSL , a second tier women's league just under the NWSL and the largest amateur women’s soccer league in the world, and the San Francisco Elite Academy (SFEA) announced today a groundbreaking partnership to create a local player pathway for female soccer talent. The two organizations will work closely together to advance their common goal of growing women’s soccer in the city of San Francisco while promoting health and wellness to a wide audience of youth through soccer, the beautiful game.
The new partnership has several important features:
By collaborating on female soccer player development, the SF Nighthawks and SFEA will create a clear player pathway for girls from the youth playing level to college to the Women's Premier Soccer League. SFEA’s female players will now have the opportunity to represent themselves and their city at the top amateur level as they prepare for college soccer play and beyond. Through the two organizations cooperation, the program also gives female players needed exposure to the highest levels of play and coaching while allowing local players to benefit from guidance and mentorship from current college players and coaches.
“We are beyond honored to partner with The San Francisco Elite Academy and help mentor these young talented players, giving them the opportunities to play at the highest level and grow as players” said the Nighthawks General Manager, Jill Lounsbury. "The Nighthawks fought hard for 4 years for the Beach Chalet fields for all soccer players but mainly to help our best home-grown players in San Francisco. We were pleased beyond belief when SFEA started, because we knew how important it would be for the city's youth players."
Joe Dugan, SFEA President, shared in the excitement about working with the Nighthawks: "From league titles to tournament wins to seeing players move on to college programs, our SFEA girls' players and teams have enjoyed unprecedented success these past few years. Through our partnership with San Francisco Nighthawks, we are delighted to offer the girls and young women in our program a level of top, local play that inspires and drives them toward successful soccer careers."
In addition, the two organizations will promote their activities, events, and initiatives through their various communications channels to their thousands of members and followers.
SF Elite and SF Nighthawks will also host joint volunteer and social events during the course of the year. Members of both organizations will be able to have fun together and give back to the community. Events will be announced very shortly.
About the San Francisco Nighthawks
The San Francisco Nighthawks is an American women's soccer team, founded in 1995. Nighthawks are a founding member of the WPSL, a second tier league just under the NWSL and the largest amateur women’s league in the world. The team plays in the North Division of the Pacific Conference. Nighthawk's home games are played at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco, California. Nighthawks' Club Awards: 2018, 2017, and 2016 GGWSL Premier Champions. 2014 US Futsal National Champions. 3-peat Champions, Las Vegas Silver Mug Tournament (2009, 2010, 2011) - the first team to win the 'Silver Mug' three years in a row.
About the San Francisco Elite Academy
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.
Congratulations to the SFEA 2002 Boys, as well as the 2003 and 2005 Girls' teams, for claiming NorCal Champions League spots for the spring of 2019. Champions League divisions represent the highest level of play in northern California outside U.S. Soccer Development Academy play. All three teams had remarkable fall seasons that ended with them being in the critical top spots of their NPL 1 divisions.
For the 2002 Boys, NPL Champions League was our team goal for the fall," said Bobby Quinlan, head coach of the SFEA 2002 boys. As a group we created a set of values and expectations and it included Champions League play as a critical goal. I'm very proud of the team for working to be better each day, and now we look forward to competing for Champions League and State Cup titles this spring."
For the 2003 Girls it will be a second Champions League qualification in a row. Nonetheless, head coach Jeff Wilson knows that his 2003 girls cherish the high level competition. "The 2003 girls love competing against the very best players and clubs throughout Northern California. Like their accomplishments on the field, these girls are also successfully excelling in the classrooms of some of the most prestigious high schools in the bay area. They've learned to balance daily schedules filled with college preparatory courses as well as competition against the most accomplished soccer players around. It all adds up to these 2003 girls being prepared for many great things ahead."
Currently, the 2002 Boys and 2003 teams are on a winter break while most of their players participate in high school play. The 2005 girls, who have also qualified for Champions League, are continuing to train together as a group over the winter. "The 2005 Girls have really benefited with our club philosophy of mixing some training and play opportunties across age groups," said Tom Atencio, head coach of the 2005 Girls. "They go against the 2004 Girls quite often and that highly competitive environment carries them into games and in turn the Champions League for spring as well as our great results at 2018 Surf College Cup. In fact, across the 2004 and 2005 teams we have 8 players on the state PDP team, which is comparable to the very best ECNL teams in northern California. It's a credit to the girls themselves as well as the carefully considered training environment we've established to help them be the top players they want to become."
Good luck to all three teams this spring as they compete in the very highest divisions of Norcal play available.
US Club Soccer, the sanctioning body for NorCal soccer and top leagues all over the country, has selected the San Francisco Elite Academy as one of just 46 clubs nationwide (and the first in San Francisco) to earn the designation of being a Players First-licensed club.
US Club reviewed clubs nationwide and selected those that met or exceeded rigorous Players First standards related to Club Development, Coaching Development, Player Development, Parent Engagement & Education and Player Health & Safety.
"We're really appreciative of this recognition from US Club," said Joe Dugan, President of the San Francisco Elite Academy. "Our club's core pillars align perfectly with the Player First philosophy. We've always been the San Francisco club trying to raise the bar for a competitive youth soccer experience. We understand that a club isn't only about wins and losses, but it's about creating a holistic environment for growth that benefits young people for the entire lives.
Visit our Players First page on the website for more details or read about Players First from US Club here.
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.