FRISCO, Texas (April 20, 2022) — The US Youth Soccer National League is excited to announce the next two boys clubs and seven girls clubs that will compete as inaugural members of Elite 64.
Capital City SC (TX)
South Texas Surf Select (TX)
Atlanta Fire United (GA)
Dallas Cosmos Soccer Club (TX)
Fort Wayne United FC (IN)
Kings Hammer SC (KY)
Pittsburgh Hotspurs SC (PA)
South Texas Surf Select (TX)
WNY Flash Academy (NY)
Each of these Elite 64 clubs share a collective vision and are dedicated to providing an unmatched gameday experience, in addition to maintaining the highest standards, both on and off the field, to maximize the opportunities available to their players.
“The Elite 64 landscape is coming into shape, and these newly-announced clubs and their players will add to the strong collection of top-class organizations set to compete in the inaugural Elite 64 season,” said Simon Collins, USYS National League Commissioner. “We are exciting to work with these clubs and look forward to moving Elite 64 forward in a common direction that focuses on the putting the players in the best positions to reach their full potential and achieve their athletic goals.”
The newly-announced elite performance tier of the National League, Elite 64 will begin play this fall and feature club-based competition for the nation’s top boys and girls players in the 13U, 14U, 15U, 16U, 17U and 18/19U age groups. The 64 clubs in each gender will be geographically positioned into eight groups of eight clubs. Teams play a 14-game league season and have access to two national showcases (alongside National League P.R.O.) and the Elite 64 national finals.
Each of the inaugural Elite 64 clubs will benefit from world-class performance analysis from ProScore and new USYS partner STATSports, which will provide Elite 64 clubs with unparalleled access to the world’s most advanced performance wearable technology. All data and analysis collected will be shared with college coaches and professional scouts — making every Elite 64 game or training session a recruitable moment.
Acceptance into Elite 64 guarantees each club a minimum three-year involvement in the competition, with 18-month evaluations of every club taking place to ensure standards are met and Elite 64 maintains the highest possible level of competitive balance across the platform.
View the Club Directory to see all the inaugural Elite 64 clubs that have been announced to this point and continue to check back as more are announced.
Hear from the club leaders…
ATLANTA FIRE UNITED (Elite 64 – Girls)
“We are excited to be a part of Elite 64 based on the importance that E64 puts on player development and playing against a high level of competition on a weekly basis. E64 is our final piece of the puzzle for our player development model. It will give more players in our club the opportunity to play against top clubs across the country. We are excited about the performance analysis platforms, so our coaches and players can track their performances through the season. This will help with not only player development but will also allow us to manage the players throughout the season. Our coaches will be able to see how players respond when they are losing a game and when they are winning a game. It will also allow us to see how each player performs against teams they have previously played. One of the great things about the analysis is how easily you can send the info to college and pro scouts. This will allow the scouts to see how a player has been playing throughout the season and not just a snapshot of one game.”
Chris Mahaffey, Executive Director
CAPITAL CITY SC (Elite 64 – Boys)
“Capital City SC is honored to be one of the inaugural clubs accepted into Elite 64. US Youth Soccer has really built an impressive national platform in E64 that offers such exciting opportunities to our boys teams and soccer players across the country. From the analytics through STATSports to the college and professional exposure — E64 is going to be so valuable to our club, and we can’t wait for the league to kick off this fall.”
Patrick Miller, Director of Coaching
DALLAS COSMOS SOCCER CLUB (Elite 64 – Girls)
“Dallas Cosmos Soccer Club is extremely honored and excited to have been selected as an inaugural member of the USYS National League Elite 64. Dallas Cosmos has a long-proven track record of excellence in the development of youth soccer players, and competitiveness of teams, in the DFW area. National League Elite 64 now provides our Cosmos players a chance to shine on the grand stage by providing a clear pathway forward to compete and showcase their talents at the regional and national levels. Furthermore, we are all very excited by the data-driven approach Elite 64 takes to tracking player analysis, improvement and development. With STATSports and ProScore, cutting edge technology, our coaches and players will now have the ability to assess and improve performances in ways that we've never seen before. These added benefits of Elite 64 will pay dividends when it comes to the college/pro recruitment and opportunities for our elite players. On behalf of our Dallas Cosmos coaches, team parents, and, most importantly, our players, we could not be more excited for the opportunity to compete in the National League Elite 64. We are looking forward to the start of play!”
Todd Wallace, Director
FORT WAYNE UNITED (Elite 64 – Girls)
“We are elated to be part of Elite 64. To be considered one of the nation’s top 64 girls soccer clubs, and one of only two clubs in Indiana, is humbling and a credit to the players, families and coaches at Fort Wayne United. We continue to raise the bar and provide a platform for our players. The opportunity to compete at such a high level will provide the players with an unparalleled experience and will also allow incredible exposure to those that wish to play collegiate soccer. E64 completes our development pathway from our recreational program all the way through to the top tier in USYS. There truly is a level for anyone who wishes to play the game, from the beginner to the elite-level athlete. The partnership with STATSports and ProScore will be a game changer for our players. To have a new level of analytics at their disposal, which in turn will allow for fitter, stronger, smarter athletes. The ability for our coaches to have all the data needed to properly compile periodization schedules will be instrumental in not only our team’s development but also the development of the individual players. With all of this we will be able to prepare our female athletes even more for the college level.”
Claire Ward, Girls Director of Coaching
KINGS HAMMER SC (Elite 64 – Girls)*
“I've been a part of the Lexington soccer community for many years and to now be part of a Lexington club recognized as one of the 64 most elite clubs in the nation is not only an honor but rewarding for everyone that has been dedicated to developing players and coaches in the area. I am beyond excited to bring this level of competition to the female players, coaches, and families with Kings Hammer Academy. These ladies are ready for it!”
Megan Adkins, Girls Director
“At Kings Hammer, we strive to provide as many opportunities for our players as possible. The addition of Elite 64 for our girls program is extremely exciting for us as it means we are now able to provide an elite platform for both the boys and girls programs in Lexington.”
Paul Nicholson, Technical Director
*Also an Elite 64 boys club, announced previously
PITTSBURGH HOTSPURS SC (Elite 64 – Girls)
“We continually look at how we can move the game forward, not only in the Pittsburgh area, but in the States. When we [Pittsburgh Hotspurs and Arsenal FC of Pittsburgh] began our collaboration in 2021, we saw the opportunity to pursue greater levels of competition to expose our players to the highest level of play. Elite 64 is a great step for our girls program, providing a consistently high-level schedule year-round. Elite 64 helps bridge the gap and heighten the development path for our academy players looking to play at the highest level possible. As the first full development pathway for both girls and boys, from youth to adult, in the Pittsburgh area, we've been competing in local, regional and national competitions to develop and prepare our players for the next level of play. Elite 64 provides that next level that we need to set our players up to compete collegiately, with our First Teams and beyond. Technology is vastly improving the objective data players and coaches can use to reach peak performance. With greater insight into performance goals, provided by technology like STATSports and ProScore, our coaches are even better equipped to help players reach their goals and manage players' health and fitness to keep them performing at their highest level.”
Tom Ovenden, Pittsburgh Hotspurs Club Director
“With the Elite 64 structure, the league aligns with both our player and club development — providing an opportunity for more consistency in playing style across the age groups. And, with the club culture we've grown and developed, being able to have the players and families support and watch the other teams within is a great bonus.”
Jonathan Velotta, Arsenal FC of Pittsburgh Executive Director
SOUTH TEXAS SURF SELECT (Elite 64 – Boys & Girls)
“We are excited to be a part of Elite 64’s inaugural season, and we love the structure and standards it has set for participating clubs. It’s an honor to be chosen and along with the opportunities it provides for our players, we are thrilled to be on the cutting edge of player development. Adding a national pathway solidifies our commitment to our players and families to provide the “Best of the Best, Experiences and Opportunities.” Our players have competed in competitive leagues and had many successes, but we’ve been looking for ways to further test ourselves. A national league will now allow us to test our development model at the highest levels, week in and week out over the course of the year. The data that we’ll be able to collect and analyze for our players allows us to drill deeper into each player’s individual development needs. GPS tracking provides us a lot of information regarding our players’ work rate and fitness levels, which are important insights into player performance. Film has previously allowed us to break down performance based on technical and tactical aspects, and we can analyze the decisions players made throughout the game, but GPS really shows us where the players are at physically. With ProScore, we can utilize this data to breakdown and analyze key moments in the games in ways that we couldn’t before. The fact that all this data is accessible to not only our staff but to college and professional scouts is a game changer for player development and will likely become a standard for recruitment.”
Rick Kuchka, Executive Director
WNY FLASH ACADEMY (Elite 64 – Girls)
“The WNY Flash Academy is extremely excited and honored to be selected as an inaugural member club of the Elite 64. The league's trust and confidence in our organization speaks volumes of the club's leadership and all those who have paved the way. This prestigious US Youth Soccer National League platform allows us to provide new and additional opportunities of high-level competition for our current players and future female players in the Western New York market, cities and surrounding communities. Elite 64's partners STATSports and ProScore are the leaders in the analytics and sport performance industries and what tremendous developmental tools our players and coaches will have access to in supporting our players developmental pathways.”
Eric Dade, Executive Director