HISTORY: The Club Champions League was founded in January 2013 as 15 distinguished soccer clubs in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC, agreed to form their own league based on a simple concept that included three main features: 1) Superior Competition, 2) a Model for Player Development and 3) a governing board made up of Soccer Directors from each club.
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 rather than through recruitment.
From 1997-2012, the league operated under the Virginia Club Champions League name. Play began in the fall of 1997 for boys teams U-11 through U-18/19. In June 2000 girls teams were added with play beginning in the fall 2000 season. VCCL adopted eight-a-side play for U-11 teams beginning fall 2005 and eight-a-side play for U-12 teams beginning fall 2007.
The five founding clubs were Beach FC, FC Richmond, Richmond Strikers, Roanoke Star and Williamsburg Soccer Club (now Virginia Legacy). Member clubs increased to eight with SOCA (fall ’02), Richmond Kickers (fall ’04), and Virginia Rush (fall ’05).
THE CREATION OF THE CCL AND A UNIFIED LEAGUE SCHEDULE: In January 2013, fifteen clubs formed the Club Champions League to further their common goals and growth. The inaugural CCL season along with a unified league schedule begins play in the fall of ’13.
PROFESSIONAL, HASSLE-FREE MANAGEMENT: The CCL is managed by a Board of Directors made up of the Directors of Coaching from each of its members clubs. The Board has three scheduled meetings: one at the end of each season and the annual meeting held in conjunction with the National Soccer Coaches Convention in January.
UNIQUE SCHEDULING: Unique to the CCL is the coordinated traveling schedule. Each club’s entire contingent of teams (U11-U18, boys and girls) travels together to all away games. Start times are staggered allowing coaching directors and multiplayer families to watch several games. The compact 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-18/19: Competitive play is offered for both boys and girls divisions U-11 through U-18/19. Divisional winners are recognized at the end of each season. Standings are determined by weekly competition: three points for wins, one point for ties; and no points for losses. CCL North also offers U9 and U10 developmental play.
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, U11 through U18/19: sixteen points for first place, twelve points for second place, ten points for third place; eight points for fourth place; six points for fifth place, four points for sixth place, two points for seventh place, and no points for eighth place. 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 starting in the fall of 2013.