TAMPA, Florida – The United Soccer League today announced the schedule and participating clubs for the inaugural USL Academy playoffs, which will take place in Tampa, Fla., December 2-5.
Eight Academy teams from seven different regions of the United States will compete for the 2021 USL Academy League title: Queensboro FC (northeast), Southern Soccer Academy (southeast), Indy Eleven ( center-east), New Mexico United (southwest), Charlotte Independence (Atlantic), Weston FC (Florida), San Antonio FC (South Central) and AC Connecticut (Wildcard). Seven secured places by winning their respective regional divisions; AC Connecticut qualified as the team with the best points per game among all runners-up.
âWe couldn’t be more excited to celebrate the conclusion of our inaugural USL Academy League season, and we want to congratulate the eight clubs that made it to the playoffs,â said USL Technical Director Liam O’Connell . âAll of these clubs have proven the strength of their USL Academy journeys, recruiting top local talent to compete in an elite player development environment, while providing a meaningful connection to the club’s senior team by USL, League One or League Two championship. With many of these USL Academy players already gaining experience at these levels, we can’t wait to see the quality at hand during our first USL Academy League playoffs.
The international-style tournament features two groups of four, with each team playing three group stage matches from December 2-4 at Waters Sports Complex, home of USL League Two’s Tampa Bay United.
The winning teams from Groups A and B will face off in the USL Academy League Final on Sunday, December 5 at 6:30 p.m. ET at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg, home of the USL Championship Tampa Bay Rowdies. The broadcast information will be shared at a later date.
The six teams that do not advance to the final will play a fourth game on December 5, with seventh and fifth places taking place at 11 a.m. ET at the Waters Sports Complex, while the third-place game will begin at 3:30 p.m. ET in Al Lang stadium as a prelude to the USL Academy final.
For the full schedule and results, please visit www.usl-academy.com/playoffs.