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Elite 64 welcomes additional 7 boys clubs and 5 girls clubs


FRISCO, Texas (April 14, 2022) — The US Youth Soccer National League is excited to announce the next seven boys clubs and five girls clubs that will compete as inaugural members of Elite 64.

Arsenal Colorado (CO)
Boise Timbers (ID)
Idaho Rush Soccer Club (ID)
Los Angeles United Futbol Academy (CA)
Sporting Blue Valley SC (KS)
Strikers FC North (CA)
‚ÄčToca FC (KS)
Diablo Valley Futbol Club (CA)
Idaho Rush Soccer Club (ID)
Lobos Rush (TN)
Rush Select Desert (CO)
Utah Avalanche (UT)

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…

ARSENAL COLORADO (Elite 64 – Boys)*
“Arsenal Colorado has been seeking the right competition platform for our athletes and we are excited that US Youth Soccer has developed Elite 64. We believe it will provide a great pathway for our members, creating a competitive atmosphere with a player first focus, providing the most elite opportunity for players of northern Colorado.”
Dave Shaffer, Technical Director

*Also an Elite 64 girls club, announced previously

BOISE TIMBERS (Elite 64 – Boys)
“Boise Timbers are excited and honored to be considered a part of US Youth Soccer’s new national platform in Elite 64. We trust that this league will provide organizational and competitive structure to allow us to continue our boys program player development environment, further advancing our footprint both regionally and nationally. This membership is a true testament to the generations of players, coaches, directors and board members’ efforts that have come previously. We look forward to continuing to carry the torch for all in Idaho, ultimately furthering the advanced pathways for our boys both collegiately and professionally. Thank you to US Youth Soccer and Elite 64 for the honor of being recognized and accepted as an organization worth representing this league’s mission and objectives.”
Gavin Kempe, Technical Director

“We are extremely excited to be able to provide the Elite 64 pathway to our girls program. This will provide an unparalleled opportunity for the girls in our club to compete against clubs that they would not normally play against, while also pushing them to achieve great success on a national stage. The performance analysis from STATSports and ProScore is unlike anything that I have ever seen before, and this will aid our players when it comes to both their individual development, as well as college playing placement.”
Jon Scoles, Executive Director

IDAHO RUSH SOCCER CLUB (Elite 64 – Boys and Girls)
“Idaho Rush Soccer Club is very excited and thrilled to be one of the inaugural 64 clubs in the country to be accepted into Elite 64. Being a part of the Elite 64 platform for our girls and boys competitive premier teams (13U-18U) will provide opportunities and competition at the highest level in the country that US Youth Soccer has to offer. Our players, families and coaches will benefit from the ProScore and STATSports partnership tremendously. ProScore and STATSports will provide our membership and coaches access to the most advanced performance wearable technology during training and games. Another benefit is that the data analysis collected, will be shared with college coaches and professional scouts around the country. This exclusive platform is a big step forward for Idaho Rush! We are very excited about the future and can’t wait to get started.”
Jens Haustein, Technical Director

LOBOS RUSH (Elite 64 – Girls)*
“We are tremendously excited to be part of Elite 64. To be considered one of the nation’s top 64 Boys AND Girls soccer clubs is humbling and a credit to the players and coaches at LOBOS Rush. 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 in the college and the professional realm. E64 completes our development pathway from grassroots recreational programming all the way up to the pinnacle of US Youth Soccer. 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 allow 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.”
Mark Forrest, Technical Director

*Also an Elite 64 boys club, announced previously

“We always want to provide our players with the best national competition platforms. We are excited to add Elite 64 to our competitive program — a national competition platform that will provide our players the challenge needed to develop. Adding Elite 64 to our program will help attract those players that want to reach the next level either in college or professionally. STATSports and ProScore will give our players real-time analysis, which help coaches and players understand players’ performance. They are excellent tools for our players to be analyzed by college and professional scouts.”
Jose Aguilar, Club Administrator

RUSH SELECT DESERT (Elite 64 – Girls)
“Rush Soccer is proud to have our Rush Select Desert program announced as an inaugural member of Elite 64. Rush Soccer’s Select programs have always participated in high-level tournaments throughout the country and overseas. This, however, will be the first time our Rush Select teams will be able to compete in a national platform. We are excited to showcase our ever-expanding player pool in the Desert region and offer continued player development opportunities through STATSports and ProScore!”
Michael Ritch, National Technical Director

“Sporting Blue Valley is thrilled to be a part of the Elite 64 boys platform and to be considered one of the nation’s top clubs. It has always been our goal to provide the best opportunities for our players and coaches to compete and develop at the highest level. Elite 64 will maximize the college and professional recruitment process in a national competition with high standards on and off the field for our players. The partnership with STATSports and ProScore will provide our players with a new level of analytics that will enhance their opportunities to be fitter, stronger and smarter soccer players. Elite 64 has truly separated itself in regards to player development, and we cannot wait to kickoff next fall!”
Jon Parry, Coaching Director

STRIKERS FC NORTH (Elite 64 – Boys)
“Strikers FC North is thrilled to be participating in Elite 64. We are pleased that Elite 64 recognized that Strikers FC North has the structure and ability to compete at this regional and national level. We feel we are going back to our roots, where performance will be rewarded and nothing is guaranteed, which will ensure our club and staff need to perform to their highest capability to maintain our place in this league. When we first started coaching in the U.S., the National League and USYS was the absolute pinnacle of youth soccer and being part of that event meant you had achieved something special. We want to go back to those moments and Elite 64 can offer that opportunity. Elite 64 will allow a clear pathway for our best players, and our top teams will compete in the league and that will allow them to understand the levels of performance needed to achieve those goals. We have had the ability to offer many levels of competition for our players but now being in the Elite 64 league takes the player opportunities to the next level. Having STATSports and ProScore at our disposal allows for our coaching staff and players to take the emotions out of performance and to utilize data and facts to come up with better training programs and goals moving forward. For our players looking to get recruited professionally or at the collegiate level, the coaches have the data to compare with their on-field performances and together this will give them a clear picture of the potential of each individual.”
Steven McManus, Executive Director of Coaching

TOCA FC (Elite 64 – Boys)
“Toca FC is honored to be included in the inaugural season of Elite 64. We are incredibly excited for our players and families to have the opportunity to experience this level of national competition. Toca FC is focused on player development, and Elite 64 further enhances the opportunity for our top teams to play against some of the best players in some of the best venues across the country. This level of competition and exposure to college coaches just adds a valuable piece to our player development plan. As a college coach myself, I have directly witnessed the value of player performance analysis. The opportunity to utilize STATSports and ProScore will add another layer of feedback for our coaches to communicate to our players. College coaches will have access to these metrics, which will allow them to more accurately scout and evaluate our players to ensure that they are a fit for their specific programs.”
Kevin Wardlaw, Executive Director

UTAH AVALANCHE (Elite 64 – Girls)
“Utah Avalanche is honored to be accepted to participate in the National League Elite 64, and we are excited to deepen the player pathway offered to our players wanting to participate in a national platform. We look forward to competing in the league, as well utilizing the analysis tools of STATSports and ProScore, which we believe will enhance player development throughout the entire club. We are also eager to explore the possibilities of the roster flexibility concept presented by the Elite 64 platform and how it will allow us to support each player’s individual development path within the club to help all players achieve their goals and maximize their growth.”
Jimmie Powell, Director of Coaching