Providing every possible developmental, competitive and educational platform and pathway for players in the region... Adding increased strength and depth to all the teams and new opportunities for all our players.
Cedar Stars Academy North is the union of Cedar Stars Bergen and Cedar Stars Newark. These divisions have combined to work under one club management structure, in order to give players in both divisions a clear developmental and competition pathway.
CSA North will operate under a logistical concept at the Zone One age group (U8 to U12). Meaning teams and programs will be managed under the Bergen Zone 1 and Newark Zone 1 umbrellas depending on player location and individual development needs.
Players will have the chance to play and compete with each other when the teams combine for Winter & Summer Select. Additional combined training/competitions/tournaments will be added where club management desires.
At the Zone Two age group (U13 to U19) teams will be managed based on a performance level concept. Meaning the players will be filtered and streamed based on ability, progress and their individual projected pathway through Cedar Stars Academy.
Saint Benedicts Prep School will now be Cedar Stars Academy official residential school program, offering students from across the country the opportunity to attend the #1 ranked high school soccer program in the US and also to be part of an elite soccer environment post the high school season with Cedar Stars Academy offering three levels of competition.
Teams will compete in the many various entities which support and promote youth soccer.
- Provides a clearer pathway for the individual player
- Shared resources, shared experiences
- Depth & quality of the teams and staff
- Bigger club’ means more opportunities and experiences available for players and their families
- Increased on field & off-field support through the resources at the Capelli Center and St. Benedict’s Prep
- A pathway for players to be able to play high school soccer and elite Academy soccer
"With this reorganization and improved structure we can now offer players from both divisions a competitive platform. The new alignment includes a High School and residential component at Saint Benedict’s of which I am very excited about. We will continue to work as one to find new and innovative ways to improve player development and find the right environment for each individual player.”
Anthony Nixon: Director of Football & Player Development.
"Building a stronger partnership between the two Cedar Stars Academy divisions, and the St. Benedict's Residential Program, is an exciting project for all involved. It will afford deserving players from the CSA Newark Division a clearer pathway into the MLS Next environment, and also helps strengthen the existing talent pool for the CSA Bergen MLS Next teams. The inclusion of the St. Benedict's Residential component allows us to open the doors to more comprehensive full-time programming and take a greater stand in the development of our players on and off the field."
Jim Wandling: St. Benedict’s Prep Varsity Head Coach & Residential School Director.
"With this realignment, we are able to come together to provide every possible developmental, competitive and educational platform and pathway for players in this region. This is an exciting new chapter in for CSA Newark players and staff as we look to work more directly with CSA Bergen in the MLS and EDP platforms to provide strength and depth to all the teams and new opportunities for all our players."
Kieran Patrick: Director of Operations & Coaching.