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Sunshine Conference welcomes 2 new girls clubs for Academy Division


FRISCO, Texas (June 25, 2021) — The US Youth Soccer National League is excited to announce the addition of Lakeland Tropics FC (FL) and Team Boca SABR (FL) as the latest girls clubs in the Sunshine Conference Academy Division.

The Sunshine Conference Academy Division provides a Club vs. Club format in the conference for boys and girls teams. The Academy Division provides the clubs and their teams with an opportunity to compete against each other over the course of a 10-month season.

“We are excited and privileged to be competing in the Sunshine Conference Academy Division,” said Eoghan Conlon, Lakeland FC Technical Director. “We look forward to the opportunities it will provide our players.”

“Team Boca is excited to be a part of the Sunshine Conference Academy Division,” said Mario Rincon, Team Boca’s Girls Director of Coaching & Player Development. “Having a pathway for our girls teams to advance to the USYS National Championships and National League P.R.O. is a fantastic promotion for development for our teams.”

The Sunshine Conference Academy Division holds competition for girls teams in the 13U, 14U, 15U, 16U, 17U and 18U/19U age groups age groups. With the two newest additions, Academy Division now features 11 girls clubs: Chargers SC, Florida Rush, IdeaSport Soccer Academy, IMG Academy, Jacksonville FC, Lakeland Tropics FC, Miami Rush, South Florida Football Academy, FC Tampa Rangers, Team Boca SABR and West Florida Flames SC.

The first-place team in each age group of the Girls Academy Division will advance to that season’s USYS Southern Regional Championships. Meanwhile, the top two finishers in the 13U-17U age groups will qualify to compete in the next season of National League P.R.O. Girls Academy Division teams will also have access to compete in the National League Showcase Series.

The Sunshine Conference is one of 13 conferences within the USYS National League and serves teams primarily from Florida. In addition to the opportunities available to teams within the National League, the Sunshine Conference Academy Division schedule will also allow its players to participate in outside competitions, such as high school soccer or other US Youth Soccer programs.

For more information on the Sunshine Conference, click here.