Girls Academy to host second Champions League competition in March 2022
Girls Academy (GA) have announced more details about the second event of their Champions League competition. This event will take place March 10-15, 2022 at the IMG Academy campus in Bradenton, Florida. It is a continuation of group play from the first event in California in December 2021.
The teams will play each other in the round of 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals to determine a Champions League winner by age group. Teams that advance in each round will compete in the winner’s bracket while teams that do not advance will compete for club points in the consolation bracket. In addition to the Champions League winner from each age group, a league-wide club Champions League winner will be named based on Champions League results.
The U14, U17 and U19 age groups will play four matches between March 10 and 14 while the U13, U15 and U16 age groups will play four matches between March 11 and 15.
“We are delighted with the second part of this year’s inaugural Champions League competition at Girls Academy,” said Lesle Gallimore, Curator, Girls Academy. “These clubs and wild card teams have been resilient, determined and have overcome many obstacles during the 2020-2021 season to earn their place in the GA Champions League. The December contest was a great preview of what to expect at this standalone event in March on the pristine grounds of the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. The event will provide a targeted scouting opportunity for college coaches and U.S. Youth National Team scouts. It will be fun to see teams and clubs aspire to be the best of the best while modeling the high standards of play we strive for at Girls Academy.
The California Champions League attracted hundreds of college coaches and United States national soccer team scouts. The competition also helped establish the standings for the knockout stage.
Full Champions League clubs include: Cedar Stars Monmouth, City SC, Colorado Rush, CUP, FC Bay Area, Houston Dash, IMG Academy, Lamorinda, Nationals, NEFC, SC Del Sol, South Shore Select, TopHat and TSJ FC Virginia. Generic Champions League positions include teams from Albion SC Las Vegas, Florida United, Lonestar, Lou Fusz, Michigan Jaguars, Oakwood SC, OL Reign, SC Wave and West Coast FC.