USL Academy Cup 2020 Announcement


SAN FRANCISCO, CA. JUNE 20, 2019—San Francisco City FC will be represented in the 2020 USL Academy Cup by its youth partner San Francisco Elite Academy. SF Elite announced a U13 boys team will participate in the Academy Cup, to be held May 22-25, 2020 (Memorial Day) at the Hillsborough County Tournament SportsPlex in Tampa, Florida.

The USL Academy Cup is a new national competition of academy teams from all three levels of USL—the Championship, League One, and League Two—designed to bring together top youth prospects from all USL club markets in order to identify and contribute to the development of players with the potential to reach the professional level.

"Since its inception, SFEA has always been committed to providing our players access to the highest levels of play in order to accelerate player development" said Joe Dugan, President of the San Francisco Elite Academy. "This unique opportunity for our U13 boys group is part of our ongoing pursuit for higher levels of play for all our teams across the board."

In early May, the United Soccer League (USL) announced USL clubs that will compete in the USL Academy Cup, a new event beginning this year featuring the country’s elite youth players from the U-13 and U-17 age groups. The announcement supported the recent unveiling of the league’s vision for an Academy system, establishing the Academy Cup as the forerunner to the first-ever USL Academy League, built to provide a clear youth-to-pro path in each USL community.

“It’s an exciting time for our youth soccer athletes,” said Leonard Griffin, SFEA’s Director of Coaching for Boys and the Head Coach of Men’s Soccer at the University of San Francisco. “The creation of national youth soccer events, like the USL Academy Cup, not only showcase our top players but offer them a chance to compete against some of the best youth players from all across the country.”

About the San Francisco Elite Academy (SFEA)

The San Francisco Elite Academy (SFEA) is the top college placement youth soccer program in San Francisco, in just four years we have over 30 former players now competing in college soccer. We are developing the next generation of players to the highest standards, ensuring they receive the necessary training and support to successfully represent San Francisco at the highest level of play, our community, and our country. Please visit to learn more.

About United Soccer League (USL)

Originally founded in 1986, the United Soccer League has become one of the most sophisticated soccer organizations in North America over the past decade. Comprised of three leagues (the USL Championship, USL League One, and USL League Two) as it enters 2019, the USL is set to bring high-level competition to more than 100 markets across the United States and Canada in the coming years. Please visit to learn more.

About the USL Academy Cup

The first key initiative launched under USL’s newest tier is the USL Academy Cup – a competition designed to bring together top youth prospects from all of our markets with USL clubs, all centered around identifying and developing players with the potential to reach the professional level. As a part of USL’s growth, the Academy Cup will lead into the Academy League, a player-focused, club-driven league designed to serve as the gold standard of youth development. Aligning with the USL’s vision, clubs will participate at the highest level of competition in their respective age ranges with a goal to improve club and coaching development as well as provide the optimal environment for player growth. Please see: for more details.

About the San Francisco City FC

San Francisco City Football Club is a supporter-owned soccer club competing in USL League Two. The team is committed to its goals of representing San Francisco on the national stage and giving back to our community by aiding local charitable groups. Go to to learn more.