The Club Development League (CDL) and member clubs today announced a new membership affiliation with US Club Soccer beginning in the 2021 Fall season.
With this new affiliation, the CDL will become a fully-sanctioned US Club Soccer league. In addition, ten
clubs, more than 300 teams, and over 7,000 players and coaches in the 6U through 19U age groups
from CDL member clubs will also benefit from an array of programming and resources offered by US
“This is an exciting time for the CDL,” said Alen Kudumovic, CDL president. “The ability of our member
clubs to come together to develop our own programming, standards and calendar allows us to enhance our program offerings and improve the coach education and player development environment across the state.”
“The timing is right for CDL member clubs to determine their own pathway,” said CDL league
administrator, Ian Bradley. “The landscape of youth soccer in Iowa and across the USA continues to
change and evolve, and this move puts us at the forefront of that change.”
Benefits of this new partnership include:
- League Play — The CDL will provide league competition for three levels of competitive teams
in the Fall and Spring. League highlights include central game sites, gender specific play
dates and competitive match ups.
- State Cup — The CDL will run a US Club Soccer two-flight State Cup in the 13U through 19U
age groups, from which teams will advance directly to the Regional or National Cup Finals —
US Club Soccer’s national cup-based championship events. More details on this exciting
opportunity will be released in the near future.
- Coaching Education — The CDL will host U.S. Soccer coach licensing courses via US Club
Soccer. In addition, the CDL will benefit from US Club Soccer’s educational and
developmental offerings, including the LaLiga coach education programming.
Kevin Payne, Executive Director of US Club Soccer adds, “We are very excited to welcome the Club
Development League into the US Club Soccer family. Adding a strong and growing league in Iowa
continues our impressive growth in the Midwest and nationally as the country emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic. Our founding principles of soccer people making soccer decisions, local decisions made locally, and professional management is resonating with soccer leaders everywhere. We look forward to a long relationship with the Club Development League and its membership for years to come.”
A press release announcing the move to US Club Soccer and Frequently Asked Questions are available below. For questions concerning the CDL, click here to contact the league administrator.