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SOCA Joins Newly Formed Club Champions League

Fifteen distinguished soccer clubs in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, DC, are proud to announce the formation of the new Club Champions League (CCL). The CCL model captures the best of the American soccer experience including elite regional competition, school and ODP soccer, State Cup, showcase and tournament play.

“The Club Champions League is the result of top soccer clubs creating an environment that puts the game and the player first,” says Dave Amsler, CCL President. “The league provides great competition for all the clubs. It also serves as a platform for club directors to cooperate, innovate, and make decisions for the good of the game and the growth of the sport. We are excited to begin league play this fall.”

The league’s unique Club-to-Club scheduling format creates an exciting game day environment for players and families and an opportunity for coaches and directors to engage in relevant player, team, and club development.

Brian Kuk, SOCA’s Director of Coaching, is excited about the new league.  “At SOCA we are thrilled to be part of the Club Champions League. The CCL model gives our players the opportunity to compete at the highest level and the flexibility to participate in other meaningful soccer experiences. We are also excited about the ongoing cooperation and discussions between the league’s directors to improve the game for our players and members. We cannot wait to get started this fall.”  Kuk is a CCL Executive Board member.

SOCA’s Executive Director, Bill Mueller, is also keen on the opportunities CCL offers.  “The Club Champions League is an alliance among like-minded clubs with high standards and a devotion to player development.  Each of the clubs are committing to making the CCL their priority, placing their best teams and players in the league.  There is a unified mission and vision among all the member clubs.  We’re looking forward to competing against the top organizations in Virginia and Maryland, providing a great development and exposure platform for all our players. “ 

The 15 member clubs in the CCL include:  Annandale, Arlington, Beach FC, Braddock Road, DC Stoddert, FASA, FC Frederick, FC Richmond, Freestate, PWSI, Loudoun Soccer, Roanoke Star, SOCA, SYA and Virginia Legacy.

The existing VCCL will cease operation on July 31, 2013, with the CCL officially opening operations the following day, on August 1.

For more information on the Club Champions League, contact Dave Amsler, CCL President, 804-594-0252.


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