From Superior Competition To Exciting Events And Top-Level College Exposure, Find Out What Makes CCL The Nation's Top Regional Soccer League.

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America ranks first around the globe as the country with the highest number of children who participate in organized soccer.  While it's difficult to determine the exact number of youth soccer leagues in the country,  more than 3 million American kids are currently registered with US Youth Soccer--the nation's largest youth sports organization.  Within such a large marketplace, it can be challenging to distinguish one soccer organization from another. 
The Club Champions League (CCL) has been hailed as a pioneer for youth soccer in America.  In 1997, the CCL  (then called the VCCL) was the first league to develop and implement the "club-centric" model, beginning even before the US Development Academy. The CCL emerged based on the philosophy that the player is a member of the club as well as the member of the team, and that successful clubs develop players and teams from within.  
More than just a catchphrase, the club-centric model emphasizes the player's long-term development as the primary focus of all league initiatives.   "The CCL structure provides an optimal environment for players.  Because all CCL clubs provide a boys and girls team in the 11-19 age groups, players can grow up within their home clubs, while still accessing top quality coaching and competition," said CCL Executive Director Brian Kuk.
Beyond the player-centered structure, the CCL embodies a multi-layered approach to league management that amplifies the impact of individual clubs.  Through comprehensive programming, strategic partnerships aimed at reducing fees, and direct input and oversight from club technical directors, the CCL supports clubs at every step along the player development pathway.
"We work with like-minded soccer professionals and clubs who share the same ideas about player development and want to support each other's clubs in becoming better, for the good of the game," stated CCL Board President Danny Beamer.
But the competitive quality of the CCL's club-to-club matchday lies at the heart of the league's success.   CCL clubs consistently produce top-level competitive teams that boast state, regional, and national accolades.  In 2016, CCL clubs earned two national championships, three national finalists, and 8 VA State Cup champions. 
"At the end of the day, exceptional youth soccer is the league's highest and best calling," says Kuk.  "But we believe we are raising the bar in the CCL so that clubs, players, coaches, and families benefit in multiple ways, both on and off the soccer field.  That's what we like to think of as the CCL Advantage."

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CCL College Coach Live with Roanoke College!
CCL College Coach Live is an opportunity for players and parents to listen to, and engage with, various college coaches and their respective programs. 

This month we interviewed Roanoke College Head Men's and Women's Soccer coaches Ryan Pflugrad and Phil Benne, who offered us another perspective, being a Division 3 school. 

The CCL is the destination league for college bound players, and our network of college coaches and their respective programs is always growing.   It is our goal to share this network with the CCL community, and continue to offer information to our parents and players straight from the source. Make sure to tune in for our next episode in the coming month! We welcome engagement, and participation of all forms! Please contact us with questions, suggestions, and schools you would like to hear from next.

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FC Frederick 2001 Girls Finish National League Play, 
Win Eastern Regional League

This March, the FC Frederick 2001 Girls CCL team finished up league play in the US Youth Soccer (USYS) National League.
The US Youth Soccer National League competition is for the nation's top teams in the U15-U19 boys and girls age groups. 

The National League offers additional exposure to collegiate, professional and U.S. National Team coaches and offers a high level of national competition as each team must earn their place in the league.
Teams play a seven-game schedule over two weekends, facing each team within its age group division one time. The FC Frederick girls played the first half of their games in December in North Carolina, and then finished the remainder of their games in March in Las Vegas Nevada. 

Mclean Hotspurs 2000 Boys Earn Bid to National Tournament

      The Defending National Champions, the Mclean Hotspurs, have earned a chance to defend their title once more.  Arguably one of the most prolific teams in CCL history, they finished first-with an undefeated record of 5 wins and 2 losses-in the US Youth Soccer National League U17 Boys Division, granting them an automatic spot in the National Tournament in August.  
Jamil Walker, team head coach, never doubted the groups potential to succeed, despite a rough initial turnaround following their 2016 National Tournament Victory. "We have 10 new players from last year. The birth year mandate along with some normal player movement has brought a number of new players to our team. I never doubted our quality, or that we had the right pieces, but it took us a little while to get everything together." 
NVSC:  All In For CCL

     The Club Champions League (CCL) is pleased to announce that the Northern Virginia Soccer Club (NVSC) will join CCL and all levels of CCL programming beginning Fall 2017.

     "NVSC not only recognizes the CCL as the best competitive league in the region but also values the club benefits that come with being a member of the CCL," commented Danny Beamer, CCL President.

     NVSC joins Ellicott City Soccer Club as the newest members of the CCL.  Located in Prince William County, the third largest county in Virginia, NVSC will offer top players looking for a complete player development pathway the opportunity to play in the best regional league in the United States.   Read More Here
Irakoze "Koze" Donasiyano
 (Roanoke Star)

Seven short years ago, Irakoze Donasiyano, or "Koze", left his home country of Tanzania after being awarded refugee status in the United States. Arriving with his eight siblings to Roanoke, Virginia he immediately began to solidify himself in the community, and found a home at Roanoke Star Soccer Club.

Playing at the club since he was just 12 years old, Koze has shown consistent improvement in his game, and has continued to mature as a player and a young adult. Through his dedication, work rate, and professionalism, he has opened doors for himself to continue playing after his youth career ends.

Gillian Borton (SOCA)

For the college-bound student athlete, Junior year is critical. Academic pressures reach an apex, and for athletes hoping to play a collegiate sport, the recruiting and commitment window begins to close as the school year ends.  This timeline can be challenging, and creates additional struggles for athletes yet to find the right fit.

This was the situation faced by SOCA '00 Girls midfielder Gillian Borton.  Although Gillian's resumes boasts success on the soccer field and in the classroom, she had trouble finding a school she felt would be a good fit.

"I attended ID camp after ID camp at so many different schools, and each time I just felt the overall environment wasn't right for me," she shared.  "I was beginning to feel discouraged, and doubtful that I would have the opportunity to play in college."

However, a happenstance conversation with CCL Executive Director Brian Kuk provided Gillian with a new opportunity in her recruiting process.  


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