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.