A coalition of leading, elite Eastern Conference USL-Member franchise clubs have come together to announce The Pathway, set to launch in Fall 2021. The independent pre-professional soccer platform initiative aims to provide top quality and year-long competition that paves a clearly defined player pathway toward the First Team, collegiate play, and professional ranks for both boys and girls.
Based upon conversations among franchise owners and directors, The Pathway has been constructed to be a self-governing league that emphasizes on a return to meaningful weekend matches, crafting authentic player experiences, creating a true professional soccer culture, and bringing control back to the clubs that have tirelessly given back to the sport that they love and to their respective communities that they have invested in. Bringing youth soccer back to its most holistic form, the initiative presents a no-frills approach that promotes unity and inter-connectivity among clubs who are passionate about offering players the best possible environment for long-term growth and development in a self-sustainable model.
“The Pathway is the culmination of like-minded people and clubs coming together to realize our vision of what youth soccer ideally should be.” said FA Euro New York Executive Director Marco Balsamo. “The spontaneity of this initiative coming about stems from our collective desire to push player development to the next level while taking into consideration everything from minimum standards to level of play. I am really proud of how the clubs and other founding members have joined hand-in-hand in building something that we genuinely believe will be very special as we venture into the next evolution of youth soccer in the United States.”
Built for clubs and run by clubs, The Pathway will offer U11-U18 Boys & Girls age groups. Founding members include AC Connecticut, Black Rock FC, New Jersey Copa FC, FA Euro New York, Hartford Athletic, Long Island Rough Riders, Morris Elite SC, and Pathfinder FC.