"Phoenix Rising FC is excited to collaborate and network with all of the leading clubs in Arizona to create an environment that accelerates player development, and grow player and coach experiences and opportunities. As the environment around the country continues to change and evolve, we need to be agile and proactive to respond quickly to these changes, and we have been impressed with US Club in the development and execution of the Soccer Alliance of Arizona." - Chris Brown, Phoenix Rising FC Youth Executive Director
Six leading soccer clubs in Arizona have been announced as the founding members of the newly formed Soccer Alliance of Arizona (SAAZ), which will elevate youth standards in the state by ensuring a more professional experience for families, players, and coaches.
The six founding clubs are:
Arizona Arsenal SC
FC Tucson Youth
Phoenix Premier FC
Leadership from these clubs will form the technical committee, which will oversee all technical aspects of the game. This aligns with US Club Soccer’s guiding principles that soccer people should make soccer decisions, local decisions should be made locally, and the sport deserves professional management.
Beginning in the fall, the SAAZ will offer multiple divisions of league play to accompany all levels of play.
The top competitive level is an NPL division with U-13 through U-19 boys and girls teams across three divisions: NPL, NPL 1, and NPL 2. Winners qualify for US Club Soccer’s NPL postseason, where they’ll compete for National Premier Leagues championships.
The AZDL’s U-11 through U-19 boys and girls teams focus on competitive play for players or teams that are still looking to develop. Higher divisions for each age group will utilize a hybrid model of centralized field locations to provide an event that is more than just a single game. Lower divisions for each age group will focus on more of a geographical/regional alignment to reduce travel expectations for families. The promotion and relegation process allows teams to move up and down for additional competition.
In addition to league-based opportunities, SAAZ members have access to US Club Soccer’s cup-based national pathways, player identification and development offerings, and coaching education courses.
New member clubs will be announced soon. Clubs seeking to join the SAAZ may fill out a form here. There are two more rounds of acceptance deadlines and member announcements: May 15 and June 1. For questions, please email email@example.com. The league is also hiring an Operations Director; interested applicants should review the announcement.
A National Association member of the U.S. Soccer Federation, US Club Soccer fosters the growth and development of soccer clubs in order to create the best possible environment for players of all ages.
Anchored by Players First and its five pillars of Club Development, Coaching Development, Player Development, Parent Engagement & Education and Player Health & Safety, US Club Soccer offers registration, league- and cup-based competition platforms, player identification and a variety of other programming, resources and services.