The CCL is based on the philosophy that the player is a member of the club as well as a member of the team and that successful clubs develop players and teams from within.
The Club Champions League (CCL) was founded on a simple concept that includes three main features:
1. Superior Competition
2. A Model for Player Development and
3. A Governing Board made up of Professional Soccer Directors from each club.
HISTORY: From 1997-2012, the league operated under the Virginia Club Champions League name with current members Beach FC, FC Richmond, Roanoke Star, SOCA and Virginia Legacy participating. Beginning in the fall of 1997, club-to-club matchdays were set for boys teams U-11 through U-18/19. In June 2000, girls teams were added to the club-to-club matchday. The VCCL adopted an 8v8 format for U-11 teams beginning fall 2005, and an 8v8 format for U-12 teams in fall 2007. In January 2013, to best reflect the future growth and evolution of the league, the Board of Directors agreed to change the name to the Club Champions League (CCL). In January 2015, CCL II was approved to expand the club-centric model. In September 2015, CCL PRO23 was approved to provide the region’s most professional, competitive and unique Under 23 league.
EXPANSION TO NORTHERN VIRGINIA AND MARYLAND: In the spring of 2011, the league expanded to include Arlington Soccer Association, BRYC Elite, Fredericksburg FC, Loudoun Soccer and SYA. In the spring of 2012, expansion continued to included Washington, D.C. and Maryland based clubs: DC Stoddert, FC Frederick and Maryland United. In the winter of 2014, Potomac Soccer Association (Maryland), LMVSC (Virginia) and McLean Youth Soccer (Virginia) were accepted into the league.
GROUND BREAKING PARTNERSHIPS AND SPONSORSHIP: In 2015, the CCL signed a 10-year sponsorship agreement with adidas North America, and a four-year agreement with soccer.com. Both agreements, including the pairing of these agreements, provides members clubs, and their members, unprecedented benefits never seen within the youth soccer landscape. Also in 2015, the CCL signed a 10-year partnership with the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) that will help impact the American youth player and coach. The CCL actively seeks partners and sponsors to help find unique benefits that will ultimately help reduce fees for each member club.
CCL PLAYER DEVELOPMENT PATHWAY: CCL PRO23, CCL, CCL II, CCL Next Gen and CCL ScrimmageFests.
The CCL is affiliated with the United States Soccer Federation, United States Youth Soccer Association, Virginia Youth Soccer Association, Maryland State Youth Soccer Association and Metro DC-Virginia Soccer Association.
THE CREATION OF THE CCL AND A UNIFIED LEAGUE SCHEDULE: In January 2013, the clubs formed the Club Champions League to further their common goals and growth. The inaugural CCL season along with a unified league schedule began play in the fall of ’13.
THE BIRTH OF CCL II: In January 2015, the CCL Board of Directors approved the creation of CCL II. The geographically-based second division, for current CCL club second teams and new clubs interested in the CCL model, launched fall 2015. New clubs must still meet the league’s criteria of excellence before gaining acceptance into the CCL. In 2015, Ellicott City Soccer Club (Maryland) became the first CCL II club.
CCL PRO23: CCL PRO23 is the apex of the CCL Player Development Pathway. Clubs will now extend the long-term developmental opportunities for soccer players ages eight through 23, and older.
PROFESSIONAL, HASSLE-FREE MANAGEMENT: The CCL is managed by an Executive Director, Executive Administrative Assistant and Board of Directors made up of the Technical Directors/Directors of Coaching from each of its member clubs. The Board holds six scheduled meetings per year.
UNIQUE CLUB-TO-CLUB SCHEDULING: Unique to the CCL is the coordinated club-to-club traveling schedule. Each club’s entire contingent of teams (U11-U19, boys and girls) travels together to all away games. Start times are staggered allowing coaching directors and multiplayer families to watch several games. For coaches that coach multiple teams, club-to-club matchday schedules are designed to deconflict all matches. The compact yet comprehensive schedule also provides each club with greater flexibility in scheduling tournaments and friendly games during the regular season.
COMPETITION FOR AGE GROUPS U-11 THROUGH U-19: Competitive play is offered for both boys and girls divisions U-11 through U-19. Divisional winners are recognized at the end of each season. Standings are determined by weekly competition for U12-U19: three points for wins, one point for ties; and no points for losses. CCL also offers U9 and U10 developmental play.
CCL COLLEGE SHOWCASES: A TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE. For over 20 years, the CCL has provided its U16, U17, U18 and U19 boys and girls teams two top level soccer events attended by NCAA Division I, II and III college coaches from across the country: Fall CCL College Showcase (December) and Winter CCL College Showcase (February). Click here to learn more about our College Showcase events.
CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP: At the end of each season, an Overall Club Champion is determined based on standings in each of the boys and girls age groups, U12 through U19: fifteen points for first place, fourteen points for second place, etc. The winning club retains the traveling trophy until the end of the next season. In addition to the Overall Club Champion, a Boys and a Girls Champion are also crowned. CCL II follows the same Club Championship format. Click here to see our Champions!
CCL SELECT TEAMS: In September 2015, CCL SELECT Boys and Girls were invited to compete for the coveted Gothia Cup Tipselit Trophy (link) in July 2016. CCL SELECT Boys become the first US-based youth boys team to be invited to play for the Tipselit Trophy. The event is a professional soccer immersion experience where players are scouted, attend tryouts, are selected to a pool training sessions, and then ultimately selected to a final roster. Teams train once per month leading up to a 4.5-day team training camp in July. SELECT teams will travel to FCN (link) in Denmark for two friendly matches versus professional youth teams prior to attending the Gothia Cup. SELECT team delegations include: Head Coach, Associate Head Coach, Certified Athletic Trainer and additional CCL SELECT staff.