Horizons Edge is excited to announce the formation of an Adult Soccer Club “Horizons Edge United”. The inaugural team will be a men’s U-23, that will compete in the nationally recognized Club Champions League (CLL).
The league, CCL PRO23, is a competitive, professionally managed, regional, and unique division for players under 23 years old. CCL PRO23 began play in June 2016. The 2017 season saw CCL PRO23 expand to 35 teams from Maryland, DC, and Virginia. 2021 is expected to be the most competitive season yet.
“We are really excited to be the home of this adult soccer team in the Shenandoah Valley. We believe that soccer can pull our community together, and we are excited to be able to offer the next level of adult players a chance to showcase their talent at a regional level,” commented John Hall, Owner of the Edge.
The CCL PRO23 is a specially designed summer league that maintains amateur status, therefore not jeopardizing any college eligibility for players. It is designed to be the pinnacle of the soccer development pathway in the Shenandoah Valley.
Shawn Parker, who serves as the Horizons Edge Soccer Manager and Shenandoah Valley United Club Director, will be leading our inaugural U23 Men’s team this summer. As a former college National Champion and experienced winning coach, he is eager for the summer to begin.
“I’m excited to get to work with our CCL Pro U-23 side this summer,” commented Shawn Parker. “I think the quality of our training environment and facilities, the quality of our local talent, and the ability to tap into our local college programs serves for an extremely exciting summer prospect.”
The pipeline for soccer in the valley starts with Shenandoah Valley United (a Horizons Edge affiliate). SVU is a member of CCL and develops players from U4- U18. “Horizons Edge United” provides the bridge between the youth club and college programs. This club also offers alumni and local players the opportunity to stay sharp and compete over summer break. The U23 team represents the highest-level play in the Shenandoah Valley area for all players under the age of 23. * (*Unique to CCL PRO23 will be the use of up to five players over-23 that will allow for former collegiate players to join and become role models for the next generation of players.)
Talent Identification Day Information:
|May 1st, 2021||5:00pm – 7:30pm||Horizons Edge Outdoor Turf|
|May 2nd, 2021||5:00pm – 7:30pm||Horizons Edge Outdoor Turf|
In addition to the time commitment to play for Horizons Edge FC, there is also a financial commitment. All players are responsible for their personal expenses for travel, food, and incidentals to attend games and practices.
Uniforms: Uniform will be provided by Horizons Edge United. All uniforms will be returned at the end of the season.
Training: Teams will train 2-3 times a week at Horizons Edge Sports Campus Outdoor Turf.
Training Begins – Mid May 2021
Games: Teams will play a minimum of 6 matches with at least 3 home matches at the Horizons Edge Sports Campus
Regular season matches take place between June 4th, 2021, and July 11th, 2021 with the Final 4 being hosted between July 16th – July 18th.