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Clubs committed to inaugural USYS New England Conference season

June 2, 2020 08:55 AM


FRISCO, Texas (June 2, 2020) — The USYS New England Conference, managed by EDP, is set to kick off its inaugural season of competition in the Fall of 2020. Currently, 18 clubs have committed to supporting the New England Conference, and those clubs anticipate having teams compete in the conference’s opening season.

Additional clubs and teams will take part in the New England Conference’s first season, and a full field of competitors will be announced following the team registration period. Additional details on Conference registration will be available in the coming weeks. Click here for more information on team eligibility and the pathway into the USYS New England Conference.

As one of 13 Conferences in the newly transformed USYS National League, the New England Conference provides a competitive league platform for teams and clubs from various USYS State Associations, primarily: Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Rhode Island and Connecticut. The conference offers competition in the 13U through 19U Boys and Girls age groups.

Clubs committed to the USYS New England Conference:

Club State Association
AC Connecticut** Connecticut
Black Rock FC Massachusetts
Connecticut FC Connecticut
CT Rush Connecticut
FSA FC** Connecticut
Ginga FC Connecticut
Juventus Academy Boston Massachusetts
New England Surf Massachusetts
Oakwood SC Connecticut
Rhode Island Surf Rhode Island
Rush New England Massachusetts
Seacoast United Mass South* Massachusetts
Spirit of Liverpool USA** Massachusetts
South Central Premier Connecticut
Southeast SC** Connecticut
Sporting CT Connecticut
Western United Pioneers FC* Massachusetts
Yankee United FC Connecticut

*Updated: June 10, 2020
**Updated: July 28, 2020

“The New England Conference is excited to have the support of so many top clubs in the area and looks forward to providing a consistently high level of competition,” said Jen Marcella, league manager for the USYS New England Conference. “There are many talented players in the New England area, and we look forward to providing the best possible environment for development, along with opportunities to compete in other programs.”

The New England Conference’s top divisions offer its teams an opportunity to qualify for the US Youth Soccer Eastern Regional Championships, which are held annually each summer. All teams within the New England Conference also have the opportunity to take part in the National League Showcase Series, which provides teams with a chance to play cross-conference matches in a national setting with increased exposure to college, professional and national team scouts. 

“New England has a long history of producing quality teams and tremendous players. We’re thrilled to provide a pathway via our enhanced National League infrastructure for those teams and their players to showcase their talents,” USYS CEO Skip Gilbert said. “The USYS New England Conference, managed by EDP, will offer a high level of competition for teams to challenge the region’s best.”

For more information on the National League and its 13 Conferences, including the New England Conference, click here.

Hear from some of the leaders of the club that are committed to competing in the New England Conference:

“CT Rush is excited to be part of the inaugural USYS New England Conference season. We have been part of the National League for a number of years and appreciate the pathways and opportunities that our players have earned. In addition to quality competition and less travel for our families, our players have earned the opportunity to compete at USYS Eastern Regional Championships and [past format of] the USYS National League. We look forward to continuing to offer our players these opportunities through the New England Conference and National League Showcase Series.” – Renato Topalli - CT Rush, Elite Director of Coaching

"Rhode Island Surf Soccer Club is thrilled to be joining the USYS New England Conference for the 2020-21 season. The quality of competition will provide the perfect environment for our players to thrive in, while the top class administration and organization make the platform the ideal fit for our club. We are excited about the pathways and opportunities that USYS can provide, through Regional and National Championships. We feel that this level of competition will allow our players to be challenged by some of the most competitive teams in the region and nation, as well as holding true to the Surf mission and aspiring to be the ‘best of the best.’ We can’t wait to get back out on the fields!” – Johan Forslöf - Rhode Island Surf, Director of Soccer

“We are delighted to welcome the US Youth Soccer National League to New England. Known across the country as the preferred national platform for the very best players and teams in the United States, the National League’s Conference system offers the highest possible level of competition coupled with reasonable travel. This is exactly what the New England soccer landscape needs.” – Bill Altieri - Juventus Academy Boston, Club President

“Western United Pioneers FC is proud to be a member of the US Youth Soccer National League New England Conference. Along with very competitive play, USYS provides opportunities to showcase talent through the National League, Regional and National events. Our organizations share the same dedication and focus on the development of players and coaches. We look forward to working with USYS to provide the highest level of soccer throughout New England." Dennis Fialho - Western United Pioneers FC, Vice President

“Seacoast United Mass South is delighted to announce that its Elite teams will be joining the USYS National League New England Conference for the 2020-21 season. Having previously participated in leagues and tournaments managed by EDP, I personally know what a professional setting they provide and how their clearly defined player and team pathways will make this partnership an ideal fit for our club.  The enhancement of the New England Conference and the clubs that have committed will mean that our teams will have quality competition and this, along with the National League Showcase Series, will mean all of our league and tournament play will be at the highest level.” - Rob Jones - Seacoast United Mass South, Director of Operations

“Our top priority at AC Connecticut is to continue to offer our players the best available platform for their development. Our philosophy has always been to develop and challenge our youth players, and we feel the structure and competition of the National League best prepares our players to move on to the next level. We’re grateful to the staff at USYS and EDP for giving us this opportunity.” - Alex Harrison - AC Connecticut, Girls Director of Coaching

“We are excited to be a part of the USYS New England Conference within the USYS National League.  The competition, pathways and opportunities provided by this regional structure creates an ideal home for Southeast's players and teams.” - Norm Riker - Southeast Soccer Club, Director of Coaching

“Player development and the opportunity to compete in a structured, competitive environment continue to be priorities for FSA FC. We are excited to work with the staff at US Youth Soccer and EDP to provide our players with a platform as part of the USYS New England Conference. We look forward to working with the clubs in our region to support developmental opportunities for all players involved.” - Steve Stokoe - FSA FC, Director of Coaching

“Spirit of Liverpool USA is excited about competing in the US Youth Soccer New England Conference, managed by EDP Soccer. The platform will provide our players with the chance to compete and showcase their talents at the highest possible level.” - Bernie Grimes - Spirit of Liverpool USA, President