FC Sudamerica and SSA are two youth soccer clubs that are based in the southeastern US. Both clubs currently compete in their local state leagues. SSA also competes at the regional and national levels. In addition, SSA owns USL 2 and WPSL franchises.
Through the partnership, elite FC Sudamerica male players will now have a defined pathway through MLS Next Development Platform at U13 and above, and USL 2/USL Academy at U16 and above. Elite FC Sudamerica female players will now have a defined pathway through Girls Academy (GA) and Development Player League (DPL) at U13 and above, and WPSL/WPSL U21 at U16 and above.
Simon Davey, Executive Director of Southern Soccer Academy says, “We welcome FC Sudamerica into the SSA family. We are excited to expand our player pool and offer the highest level programs to a wider reach. We look forward to working alongside the staff/players and parents of FC Sudamerica to help grow the game”.
“At FC Sudamerica, we want to ensure competitive opportunities at all levels. It is our fundamental responsibility as a soccer organization to expand development opportunities for soccer players in our community. By working with organizations who share the same core values, we can make an important impact on players. This level of soccer collaboration is found in South America and Europe at a cultural level”, said Richard Ortega, Director of Coaching at FC Sudamerica. “Soccer organizations working together is not only a great step forward, but it will help youth players get closer to achieving their dreams. This is important to us”.
“One of our goals at FC Sudamerica is to ensure that every player has a clear pathway to the most competitve platforms. This partnership will not only expand resources to grow the game at the youth level, but also reveal to players and families that there is a clear pathway to any level of soccer they want to achieve”, said Rudi Pires, Director of Development at FC Sudamerica. “There is still too much division within youth soccer, with this partnership, we are able to come together and help bridge the disconnect between respective leagues and organizations”.