With the launch of USL Academy, the United Soccer League now has an elite youth platform to offer to its clubs in the Championship, League One and League Two.
As such, these clubs can now develop a more clearly defined path for top youth prospects in their area to reach the professional level and sign directly with their senior team while improving local quality and community.
The USL Academy brand is composed of four key components: Standards, USL Academy Contracts, USL Academy Cup and USL Academy League. Learn more about the USL Academy here.
The USL Academy is the pre-professional platform used to reward and further develop players who have shown success within their respective club teams (at the age group level). In our inaugural season starting in Fall 2022, the USL Academy league will be for the U16-U19 age group of male players. Players will still be able to play for their respective high school teams.
Hear from Sam Stockley to learn more about our USL Academy “club and country” model through the following video.