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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 all levels of youth soccer in our following league platforms: MLS NEXT, Girls Academy League, National Academy League, Regional Academy League, Acela League, EDP League, and Central League. The Sporting Athletic Club Network is a collaborative player pathway relationship formed alongside our founding member clubs Lower Merion SC, Radnor SC, and Sporting Delaware (re-branded to Sporting Athletic Club 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, formed from Sporting Delaware, Lower Merion SC, Radnor SC.
  • ​Does this affect any Sporting Athletic Club, Lower Merion Soccer Club, or Radnor Soccer Club recreational teams?
    ​No, this does not affect any current club recreational teams. All individual club programming for Lower Merion SC and Radnor SC will remain the same. The Sporting Athletic Club 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. Sporting Athletic Club, Lower Merion SC, and Radnor SC, and outside players may try out and play for Sporting Athletic Club in the 2024/25 season.
  • ​How do I try out for Sporting Athletic Club?
    Please visit to sign up for tryouts for the 2024/25 season.
  • ​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), and Cabrini University (1250 Upper Gulph Rd, Wayne, PA 19087) depending on age, team level, and league.
  • What leagues will Sporting Athletic Club play in?
    MLS NEXT, Girls Academy League, National Academy League, Regional Academy League, Acela League, EDP League, and Central League.
  • ​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 2024-2025 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.
  • Any questions?
    Please email directly.
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