Field of 64 Teams Set for 2010-11 Development Academy Playoffs in Frisco, Texas
- Playoffs and Showcase Will Take Place June 24-28 at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, TexasÂ
- 32 Teams from Each Age Group Drawn into Eight Groups of Four, with Group Winners Advancing to Finals WeekÂ
- Remaining 92 Teams will Participate at the Showcase Which Will Run Concurrently
CHICAGO (June 21, 2011) â€“ The field of 64 teams for the 2010-11 Development Academy Playoffs has been set, with matches to be played from June 24-28 at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas. It will be the second Academy event held at Pizza Hut Park, which also hosted the 2008 Winter Showcase.
Each of the top two teams in the Development Academyâ€™s 10 divisions earn automatic qualification to the Playoffs, with the remaining 12 spots open to wildcard teams that have the best overall points per game average across the full season.
The 32 teams in each age group were placed into four pots based on overall seeding and were then randomly drawn into eight groups of four. The top finisher in each group will move on to the fourth annual Development Academy Finals Week, which will be held from July 9-16 at three venues in Milwaukee, Wis.
The Academy Playoffs were incorporated into the programâ€™s schedule in 2009 to increase the number of meaningful games that a team plays over the course of the season, while still limiting the number of games overall. In 2011, a Showcase will take place concurrently with Playoffs, with the remaining 46 teams in each age group participating.
Charlotte Soccer Academy , Concorde Fire, Seattle Sounders FC, LA Galaxy, St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri, North Meck SC, North Carolina Fusion and Solar Chelsea SC represent the top-seeded teams in each of the eight groups at the U-15/16 age level.
CASL Chelsea FC, FC Dallas, Charlotte Soccer Academy, New York Red Bulls, Weston FC, PDA, Seattle Sounders FC and North Carolina Fusion are the top eight seeds in the U-17/18 age group, and will head the U-17/18 playoff groups.
CASL Chelsea FC finished as the top seed in the Under-17/18 age group and will look to continue their streak of having qualified for the three previous editions of Development Academy Finals Week. CASL will face No. 14 seed Albertson SC, No. 22-seeded Colorado Rush AJ Auxerre and No. 26-seeded Concorde Fire.
Indiana United U-17/18 is also a 2011 Playoffs participant looking to qualify for Finals Week after missing out last year, having participated at the first two as Carmel United and winning the U-15/16 championship in 2008, followed by the U-17/18 title in 2009.
Empire United, D.C. United and Seattle Sounders FCÂ were the only three Academy clubs to win their division in both age groups.Â Empire United and D.C. United will face off against each other in both age groups, with D.C. United U-17/18 seeded No. 11 and Empire United U-17/18 seeded at No. 24. They are joined in their group by No. 8-seeded North Carolina Fusion and No. 31 seed Pateadores.
In the U-15/16 age groups, D.C. United is the No. 14 seed while Empire United also maintains the No. 24 spot. The U-15/16 teams will face No. 3 seed Seattle Sounders FC and No. 26 seed Crew Soccer Academy in group play.
Also in the U-15/16 group, top-seeded Charlotte Soccer Academy will attempt to reach Finals Week for the first time, while Chicago Fire U-15/16 will look to defend their title. Charlotte was drawn into a group with Baltimore Bays Chelsea, seeded No. 9, No. 18 Real Salt Lake AZ and No. 32 FC Westchester.
Meanwhile, No. 21 Chicago Fire will face No. 6-seeded North Meck SC, No. 11 seed PA Classics, and No. 30 seed South Carolina FC. Concorde Fire, seeded at No. 2, was the first team to qualify for the Playoffs, clinching a spot in February after playing the majority of the teamâ€™s matches in the early part of the season. They will face No. 12 Albertson SC, No. 17-seeded Vardar and No. 29-seeded Dallas Texans.