Elite Academy League (EA LEAGUE) expands with addition of the Northeast Conference comprised of Founding Members Clubs from the MLS Elite Youth Platform.

New Jersey
Friday July 24th, 2020

The Elite Academy League (EAL) is announcing expansion of its platform with the addition of the Northeast Conference. The new league is now a national platform to support the player pool of the MLS elite youth platform clubs. The EA League is a supplemental league primarily for MLS elite youth platform founding member clubs and is committed to developing top players across the player pools. The EA league is built off the former USSF DA standards and will mirror the MLS elite youth platform structures and standards to allow maximum interaction and transition between the platforms. The EA League was developed to address the needs of the founding member clubs, primarily assisting with developing and showcasing top players inside the member clubs.

The EA League’s Northeast Conference is composed of Founding Member clubs from the new MLS elite youth platform and consist of :

Metropolitan Oval, Cedar Stars Academy – Bergen, Cedar Stars Academy – Monmouth, BW Gottschee Academy, TSF Academy, FC Westchester, Beachside Soccer Club of CT, New York Soccer Club, and Empire United.   

These clubs will be participating with boy’s teams in the age ranges U12-U19.  Benefits include best in class standards, enhanced player development and exposure as well as seamless interaction and transition for players into the MLS elite youth platform.

The EA League allows member clubs from the MLS elite youth platform to work together to promote the highest standards in competitive soccer and integrate both leagues with this common goal and direction. Unifying clubs from within the conferences helps maintain the defining standards of the former USSDA, along with the new, enhanced standards of MLS elite youth platform.

The EA league further presents long needed flexibility in two key areas; (1) permission for all players to participate in High School Soccer and, (2) revising the substitution rules to encourage clubs to better utilize their player pools, especially when showcasing their players to pro scouts and college coaches. The Elite Academy League will start in FALL 2020.

"We are very excited to announce the expansion of the EA League with the addition of Northeast conference consisting of MLS Elite Academy Clubs.  This national platform is structured to increasing elite player development and opportunities.”

Noah Gins, EA League Chair.


"Cedar Stars Academy is very excited to be part of the Elite Academy League. The EA League will allow us to compete at the highest level of youth soccer within the United States. We strive for competition for our players and this league will undoubtedly give us that. We are proud to be a founding member and look forward to collaborating with other like-minded clubs to develop the next crop of professional and collegiate players."

Anthony Nixon, CSA Academy Director


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