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Our top girls teams from U13 - U19 will compete in the Mid-Atlantic Division of Girls Academy.

The Girls Academy is the leading youth development platform for the best female soccer players in the United States. We are the only national youth soccer platform that represents the collective vision of member clubs and actively engages the voice of the players to take real ownership of the league. We embrace the desire of club members and players to maintain an unrivaled standard of excellence in coaching, competition, and regional and national showcase events throughout the year.


We are committed to cultivating an environment that empowers each player to reach their best potential as an exceptional athlete and human being by celebrating the player’s journey with a lifelong love of the game through competition, showcases, and camaraderie.

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  • 10-month season in National league.

  • League schedule built for year in Summer.

  • Training at Chase Fieldhouse & WSFS Bank Sportsplex.

  • 3 x per week team training.

  • Partnership with Titus – strength & conditioning training through year.

  • All league games recorded and shared.

  • Athletic trainers on site at league games.

  • Partnership with Nemours.

  • USYNT scouts at games and events.

  • IDP (Individual Development Plan) for players through season.

  • Goalkeeper Training with our specialized goalkeeper coaches.

  • Full-time college pathway advisor for all players.

  • Partnership with College Fit Finder.

  • Adidas Club Team Kit official partner.

  • Opportunity to be selected for GA Mid-Atlantic Talent ID event.

  • Opportunity to be selected for GA National Talent ID event.

  • U13 & 14 teams participate in Regional Showcase.

  • U15, 16, 17 & 19s attend minimum 2 x GA National showcases per year.

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In the 2022/23 season, there are over 90 member clubs with teams in the U13, U14, U15, U16, U17, and U19 age groups. The member clubs are split into nine conferences that make up our national footprint. League play begins in August and culminates with the playoffs and national finals events in June and July. Additionally, qualifying teams compete in a separate, aspirational platform created to add additional quality competition for the most competitive clubs in the GA.


What makes the GA unique and different is the active role the league’s players have in shaping the direction of the league. How? Introducing the Advisory Panel, which affords the players the opportunity to nominate and maintain a player-led board that represents the thoughts, opinions, and vision of the players. The Advisory Panel is active in suggesting ways to improve the league, engaging in sponsor opportunities, organizing charitable initiatives, shaping league merchandise offerings, and more.


Through true collaboration with our players and clubs, we will lead the most dynamic soccer development platform imaginable


Empower our players’ pursuit of excellence as an athlete and a person.

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  • ​What is Sporting Athletic Club?
    ​Sporting Athletic Club is a youth soccer organization created to provide local Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania boys and girls youth soccer players the opportunity to compete at the elite level youth soccer platforms. Sporting AC has been officially accepted to Boys MLS Next and Girls Academy for U13 – U19 age groups. The Sporting Athletic Club Network is a collaborative player pathway relationship formed alongside our founding member clubs Sporting PA (FC Europa, Lower Merion SC, Radnor SC) and Sporting Delaware: Sporting Delaware will be re-branding and rolling all programming into Sporting Athletic Club starting in Fall 2023. The Sporting Athletic Club Network will be a collaboration of clubs working alongside each other to help families find the most suitable environment for each player. At the core of “Our Network” will be the founder partner clubs, Sporting PA (formed from FC Europa, Lower Merion SC, Radnor SC).
  • What is Sporting PA?
    ​Sporting PA is the founding partner club of Sporting AC in addition to Sporting Delaware. Sporting PA teams will compete in the top flights of the Mid Atlantic Premier conferences against teams from top clubs across Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. Sporting PA U13-U19 boys and girls teams will continue to compete in USYS EDP Mid-Atlantic Club vs Club and Premier Conferences, a direct pathway to USYS Regional and National Championships and National League P.R.O. These top USYS events provide excellent exposures to coaches from national and local D1, D2, and D3 college programs. ​ Sporting PA will field no more than two teams per age group for both boys and girls from U13 through U19. FC Europa, Lower Merion SC, and Radnor SC will retain their current identities at the intramural, recreational, and U8 through U12 travel teams. Each club will also have their own independent travel teams at the U13-U19 age groups. Sporting PA teams will train and compete at our current local fields used by FC Europa, Lower Merion SC, and Radnor SC. See more details at
  • ​How does this affect current FC Europa, Lower Merion SC, Radnor SC, and Sporting Delaware players?
    Current players of the founding partnership clubs will have the ability to make the Sporting Athletic Club or Sporting PA teams. These Sporting Athletic Club and Sporting PA teams will also be composed of players from outside clubs. The founding partnership clubs will continue to field their own separate travel teams within each club with players who did not make the Sporting Athletic Club or Sporting PA teams.
  • ​Does this affect any current club recreational teams?
    ​No, this does not affect any current club recreational teams. All individual club programming for FC Europa, Lower Merion SC, and Radnor SC will remain the same. The Sporting Athletic Club and Sporting PA travel team programs providing an additional level to the player pathways provided by each founding partnership club.
  • ​Can anyone play for Sporting Athletic Club?
    ​Yes. FC Europa, Lower Merion SC, and Radnor SC, current Sporting Delaware and outside players may try out and play for Sporting Athletic Club in Fall 2023.
  • ​How do I try out for Sporting Athletic Club?
    Fill out our Player Interest Form​ and a member of our staff will get back to you shortly.
  • ​When will Sporting Athletic Club teams be formed?
    ​Sporting Athletic Club teams will be formed and finalized by the end of May and will begin training in August. Teams will be formed based upon Sporting Athletic Club tryouts, recommendations by current coaches of founding partnership teams, and potential outside players attending founding partnership team training sessions. Offers will begin to be made after the first round of tryouts and can be made until mid-May.
  • Where will Sporting Athletic Club teams practice and play?
    ​Training sessions and competitions will be held at Chase Fieldhouse (401 Garasches Ln, Wilmington, DE 19801) & WSFS Bank Sportsplex (2501 Seaport Dr, Chester, PA 19013).
  • What leagues will Sporting Athletic Club play in?
    ​Sporting Athletic Club boys will compete in the MLS NEXT Mid-Atlantic Conference, the National Academy League, and EDP. and Sporting Athletic Club girls will compete in the Girls Academy Mid-Atlantic Conference or showcase events.
  • ​Can my child play up?
    This will be determined by the staff of Sporting Athletic Club. We do want to maximize the playing potential of all players and we will encourage player movement in training and games between age groups and sometimes even movement between genders if we believe this will benefit an individual. However, this will remain a player-by-player decision.
  • ​What will Sporting Athletic Club uniforms be?
    ​Sporting Athletic Club has partnered with Adidas in launching our 2023-2024 club uniforms. Uniform details will be released soon.
  • ​What happens if my child doesn’t make the team?
    ​We encourage families to find the right fit for child when it comes to their child’s playing ability. We understand that this is sometimes more difficult for parents than for children to come to terms with. However, at days end children want to have fun when they play soccer, regardless of level. If this means that they are not quite ready, or will ever be ready for the “highest” level but are enjoying their play, we value this as the greatest achievement. We probably speak for a lot of coaches when we speak of maintaining the importance of fun in sports as an end. If your child does not make a Sporting Athletic Club or Sporting PA team, we highly recommend he/she attends tryouts for one of our founding partnership clubs: FC Europa, Lower Merion SC, Radnor SC, and Sporting PA.
  • Any questions?
    ​Fill out our Questions form or email directly.
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