MARIETTA, Ga. - The United Soccer League (USL) today announced Southern Soccer Academy as the latest club to join the USL W League. Southern Soccer Academy is the second club to join the W League out of Georgia and will compete in the W League’s inaugural season in 2022.
“We are thrilled to announce the arrival of Southern Soccer Academy to the W League,” said Betsy Haugh, Director of Women’s Soccer for the W League. “This club has proven to be a force in developing athletes out of Georgia through the club’s robust history in youth soccer. In joining the W League, Southern Soccer Academy will offer a continued pathway for young female athletes to play, coach and work in women’s soccer while growing awareness around women’s pre-professional soccer in the United States.”
As one of the largest youth soccer organizations in the United States, Southern Soccer Academy offers more than 18 programs for boys and girls incorporating more than 8,000 players across 16 locations in the state of Georgia. The club’s mission is founded upon its commitments to community, quality, family and passion. Through these commitments, Southern Soccer Academy strives to provide and enhance the growth and participation of youth soccer within its community by promoting player development and creating a player-centered environment that is enjoyable for all participants regardless of individual ability or gender.
“Southern Soccer Academy is extremely proud to be joining the USL W League,” said Simon Davey, Executive Director of Southern Soccer Academy. “As a club we have recently expanded our pyramid to include a pre-professional pathway for our female membership. To partner with the USL franchise will be another successful step to elevating and promoting female soccer players in our community. The club has benefitted from its current partnership with USL League Two on the men’s side and we are excited to be providing an equal opportunity by adding the W League to our female pathway.”
Through its history in women’s soccer, Southern Soccer Academy has produced many female professional athletes, national team athletes and leaders within the women’s side of the game. Current players and staff such as Leigh Jakes, Allison Whetherington and Tara Minnax are among the ranks of Southern Soccer Academy greats and continue to support the club in its efforts to grow pre-professional women’s soccer in the U.S.
In addition, the club has recently completed the development of a new state of the art, multi-million dollar soccer-specific stadium that will serve as the home of its new USL W League team. Complete with two floodlit showcase fields, a 1,000 seat capacity stand and men’s and women’s locker rooms, classrooms and a conference center, Southern Soccer Academy will prepare to welcome its fans to a new home for the 2022 season.
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