MLS NEXT announced today a strategic relationship with the Northeast Academy League to enhance player identification and scouting beginning with the 2021-2022 season.
The Northeast Academy League will provide a competition platform for players who aspire to participate in MLS NEXT.
As part of the strategic cooperation agreement, MLS NEXT will collaborate with the Northeast Academy League to provide players with increased identification opportunities, individual assessments, and enhanced scouting and coaching education for team technical staff.
“It is important that we provide opportunities for players to participate in MLS NEXT. Players develop at different ages, and at different rates” said Fred Lipka. “This strategic relationship is intended to address that dynamic.”
The Northeast Academy League is comprised of the U11-U19 age groups and includes the following clubs:
Cedar Stars Bergen
Cedar Star Monmouth
New York Soccer Club
The Northeast Academy League is sanctioned and operated under USYS through local state associations including New Jersey, Eastern NY, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire.
“FA Euro New York is proud and excited to join the Northeast Academy League. The League aligns itself perfectly with our Club’s steadfast mission of player development and offers the opportunity for players to compete at the next level on a consistent basis. It is our duty to offer players meaningful matches and the League allows us to do just that as we continue to elevate youth soccer in our community.” - Marco Balsamo, Executive Director
For more information, visit https://www.neacademyleague.com