CHARLESTON, S.C. (June 18, 2021) – The GLA MDL Division will head into its second season competing in the National Premier Leagues with an expanded membership.
Founded in 2011, the Midwest Developmental League joined the Great Lakes Alliance beginning with the 2020-21 season. For the 2021-2022 season, the GLA will be a U-10 through U-19 regional soccer league for both boys and girls.
The league is welcoming four clubs which will field U-13 through U-18/19 boys and girls teams, beginning with the 2021-22 season:
Club Ohio (OH)
Louisville City FC (KY)
Sporting Michigan (MI)
The GLA MDL is a club-based league with quality local competition, increased college recruiting exposure, and a predictable calendar model. U-10 through U-14 age groups begin to play in the fall, with U-15 through U-19 age groups starting at the conclusion of the high school season. This structure was designed to provide flexibility to clubs, establish an appropriate training-to-match ratio, and provide teams with an opportunity to advance to the NPL postseason.
“We are thrilled with the continued growth and success of the GLA MDL Division,” said Leo Garcia, US Club Soccer’s VP of Competitions and NPL General Manager. “The league continues to progress and improve its quality of competition year after year, and we look forward to working with these new members clubs to provide the highest quality resources and services.”
Clubs interested in learning more about the GLA MDL, please contact Ed Bernstein at firstname.lastname@example.org.