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usl academy

first pre-professional youth league

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The United Soccer League officially unveiled its vision for the future of the league’s Academy system in March 2019. The first USL Academy Cup events later that year and in early 2020 set the stage for the USL Academy League, with the inaugural season planned for 2021.

The USL Academy League is the central piece of the United Soccer League’s player development model. It is a first of its kind, pre-professional league set to launch in Spring 2021 that will align with the United States’ professional calendar.

Details on the USL Academy model and the pathway it provides to senior teams for top soccer talent 


The first USL Academy Western Conference Regional Event took place in October 2019, with 14 clubs from the USL Championship, League One and League Two competing at San Antonio FC's Toyota Stadium and STAR Soccer Complex. Below is the VC Fusion USL Academy Team at the inaugural USL Academy Cup! 

Relive the 2019 USL Academy Western Conference Regional Event!

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