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Our top boys teams from U13 - U19 will compete in the Mid-Atlantic Division of MLS NEXT.

A new paradigm for player development

  • ​MLS NEXT will transform the way players learn and grow. Building on where we’ve been, but looking ahead to the future. Taking youth soccer to the next level. The future starts here.

Youth Soccer Reimagined

  • ​MLS NEXT provides the best player development experience in North America. Founded on a collaborative approach to governance and a commitment to innovation, MLS NEXT players have access to the highest levels of competition and to training to prepare them for their futures, both in soccer and in life.

The NEXT Generation

  • Current membership includes 133 clubs, 590 teams, 11,000+ players across the U.S. and Canada and features over 90% of the current youth national team player pools.

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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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