The Girls Academy (GA) has announced the launch of a new Champions League competition for the 2021-2022 season.
The Champions League will provide an additional platform for the league’s top clubs, who will earn qualification through their success in the regular season.
Champions League qualifiers will consist of the top two (2) clubs in each of the seven (7) GA conferences, based on final league standings, with the addition of the two best performing/highest ranking wildcard teams from each age group, based on National Playoff results, for a total of sixteen (16) teams per age group.
Clubs and teams will qualify on an annual basis. The competition will consist of two (2) events for qualifying teams and clubs in the U13-U19 age groups, culminating with a Champions League winner per age group that will be crowned in the spring of 2022.
“The Girls Academy is excited to extend its competitive programming to our membership by adding the Champions League for the 2021-2022 season. It will provide a new opportunity for the players to showcase their talents and compete against some of the best players in the country,” said GA President Wes Schevers. “The Champions League will be made up of the best of the best from each conference.”
The event-based competition will kick off in Fall 2021 and be scouted by college coaches and U.S. Soccer scouts. Additional details will be released later this spring.
“Creating a Champions League event within the Girls Academy is exciting for our players,” said GA Commissioner Leslie Gallimore. “When asked what they want in their experience with our league, the ability to be rewarded for what they’ve proven on the field with their performances is a high priority.”
Currently in its inaugural season, the GA consists of 69 total clubs including 7,500 total players across the country.