CSA JOINS THE USL W LEAGUE
Cedar Stars to Compete in Inaugural USL W League Season
New Jersey-based club to kickoff play in 2022
BERGEN COUNTY, N.J
The United Soccer League (USL) today announced Cedar Stars as the latest club to join the USL W League. The New Jersey-based club will compete in the league’s inaugural season in 2022.
With six locations across the New Jersey and New York metro area, Cedar Stars Academy is home to over 2,500 elite athletes in the region. The club is founded on strong family values that center on catering to the needs of each individual player regardless of skill level or social background. Through its open and welcoming training environment, Cedar Stars Academy hopes to allow its players to exercise creativeness on the pitch and encourage ambitious decision making to enhance development and performance in all aspects of its programming.
The club’s mission to instill a love for the game in each of its players is rooted in its core values of commitment, discipline, relentlessness, effort and an “all in” mentality. The New Jersey-based club actively searches for ways to improve its offering year over year with the goal of creating evergreen success within its first team platforms. Advancing on this mission, Cedar Stars will now provide its membership direct access to the professional game through the USL’s robust women’s pathway. In addition, through Capelli Sport and its owner George Altirs, Cedar Stars has a direct affiliate link to professional women’s club HB Køge of Denmark. HB Køge recently participated in the Women’s Champions League and will provide additional professional opportunities for players to play overseas.
In joining the W League, Cedar Stars will solidify a commitment to the growth of the women’s game in Monmouth County and its surrounding areas. A cornerstone of this commitment is the club’s access to quality training facilities and a home venue at the new Capelli Sport Complex in Tinton Falls, NJ. The Capelli Sport Complex boasts four outdoor soccer fields, one full size indoor field and one grandstand stadium field that will serve as the home of the Cedar Stars W League team during the 2022 season.
The USL W League is a pre-professional women’s soccer league set to kick off in May 2022. The USL W League strives to use women’s soccer as a force for societal good by creating a national platform to increase opportunity, gender equity, and career development. The League and its member clubs are committed to investing in women’s soccer – through not only financial resources but also with time, energy, and attention – and are united in our mission to grow the women’s game.
The USL W League will serve as the nation’s premier pre-professional league developing the next generation of women’s talent both on and off the field, enhancing the women’s soccer pipeline between college and professional soccer. With at least 30 teams in its inaugural season, the USL W League will bring elite women’s soccer to communities across the U.S., creating more opportunities to play, watch and work in the women’s game.
"Cedar Stars is excited to join the USL W League in its inaugural season. We are very excited to be able to provide additional opportunities for talented, young women within our academy, community and beyond.”
Juan Santamaria – General Manager and Sporting Director of the CSA
“We are thrilled to welcome Cedar Stars to the W League for the 2022 season.
The club has an established presence in the Northeast and is looking to build on the success of its programming by adding a development pathway to its women’s side. This new opportunity will provide athletes in the metro NJ/NY area more possibilities to reach the next level of their game."
Betsy Haugh – USL Director of Women’s Soccer Operations
About Cedar Stars Academy
With more than 2,500 active male and female athletes, Cedar Stars Academy currently has 10 divisions including 2 international divisions. Cedar Stars Academy has many exclusive partnerships and affiliations with professional international and domestic clubs through President George Altirs and his involvement within the sporting universe.
These professional partnerships and affiliations include MLS Next, Cedar Stars Rush of the Division II United Soccer League (USL) in the United States, MSV Duisburg of the 3. Bundesliga and the women's team in the Bundesliga in Germany, Inter Allies FC of the Ghana Division One League and HB Køge of the Danish 1st Division and the women's team in the Elitedivisionen. Through these affiliations, coaches and players that are succeeding within the Cedar Stars Academy program have the opportunity with these clubs around the world.
About Capelli Sport
Capelli Sport is an innovative sportswear and team wear brand focusing on design of the highest quality, latest fabric technology and design functionality for world-class performance on the field.
For more information on Capelli Sport, current partners, and how to join the team SHOP CAPELLI SPORT, visit the ONLINE CATALOG PAGES at capellisport. com, follow them on Twitter (@capellisport) and Instagram (@CapelliSport), or visit the Capelli Sport Facebook