The map represents each club’s top level of competition in 2019-20 except for USYS NL 19, which is 2018-19. Some clubs may have second teams, third teams, ninth teams, etc., in lower leagues.
To be listed on this map, clubs have to meet one of the following criteria:
- Development Academy (DA), 2019-20
- ECNL, 2019-20 and/or 2020-21 (“Carryover” means the club is remaining in the ECNL next year.)
- ECNL Regional Leagues, 2019-20 and/or 2020-21
- Girls Academy, 2020-21.
- U.S. Youth Soccer National League U-17 age group, 2019-20 or 2018-19 (USYS NL, USYS NL 19). This league’s composition changes each year based on qualification.
- At least one team in the age groups U-14 and above ranked in the top 50 at youthsoccerrankings.us.
USYS regional = U.S. Youth Soccer conferences. Again, composition changes each year based on qualification. Not every club from this level is listed — only the clubs that placed a team in the Top 50. (For clubs moving to GA, I haven’t specified whether a club was in the National League or regionals — they’re just categorized as “USYS” on the map.)
NPL = National Premier Leagues. Some of these have become ECNL regional leagues.
Local = Not in any of the leagues above. Local leagues aren’t necessarily weaker than NPLs, and some leagues have similar travel demands to those leagues. (For example: The Club Champions League, which includes Beach FC (Va.), has teams in the D.C. suburbs, Roanoke and Virginia Beach, all drives of 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 hours even on those rare days with no traffic.)