UPSL Academy Champions Crowned in First-Ever Southern California UPSL Academy Divisions 

June 16th, 2023

With the first-ever season for the UPSL Academy in Southern California coming to a close, six champions have been named for the brand-new UPSL Academy SoCal divisions. This year’s division winners competed in the three different age groups across the SoCal North and SoCal South conferences. 

Congratulations to our first-ever UPSL Academy Southern California Champions: 

– California Rush Soccer – U13 Del Real Foods SoCal North Champions 

– Laguna United Football Club – U13 Del Real Foods SoCal South Champions 

– Fullerton Rangers Youth Soccer Club – U15 Del Real Foods SoCal North Champions 

– Fullerton Rangers Youth Soccer Club 2008s – U15 Del Real Foods SoCal South Champions 

– Culver City Football Club U17s – U17 Del Real Foods SoCal North Champions 

– Liverpool FC International Academy SoCal – U17 Del Real Foods SoCal South Champions 

The UPSL Academy Southern California divisions joins an ever-expanding, new Academy platform from the UPSL that already includes the Florida, Northeast, New England and Georgia regions. UPSL and non-UPSL teams alike from these regions now have the opportunity to enter academy teams into a new cost-effective, simplified youth soccer platform that compliments any team’s current youth soccer schedule. The UPSL Academy also has plans to expand the platform to other UPSL conferences across the country this year. 

UPSL Commissioner Yan Skwara spoke about the excitement surrounding the UPSL Academy’s growth and launch in Southern California.  

“The UPSL Academy launch in southern California was a huge success. It’s great that we can take these highly competitive teams that have joined us this spring and build upon that for an even bigger Fall season.” 

“The UPSL Academy is an important addition because it allows the high-level young players that already compete in our Men’s divisions, a seamless transition between youth and adult sides, where they can continue to develop their technical skills and physical capabilities. The UPSL Academy schedule lines up with our Men’s schedules and allows flexibility for midweek games for that exact reason. This helps us truly establish a player pathway that graduates players to the semi-professional level and beyond based on skill, and skill alone, not external factors. 

As UPSL Academy division games wind down for the summer, more teams are expected to return for the Fall season as the UPSL Academy prepares for further growth and launches in new regions around the country. Stay tuned for all announcements regarding USPL Youth Academy by visiting and following @upslacademy on social. Team applications to join the UPSL Academy league can be found at 


The UPSL was formed in 2011 and occupies the unofficial fourth tier of US Soccer. Across its Premier, Division 1, and Women’s leagues, more than 400 teams are competing nationwide. The UPSL is now the largest Pro Development League in North America and is a National Affiliate member of the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF). Each UPSL team is individually owned and operated. UPSL teams can participate in the U.S. Open Cup Qualifying Rounds through the league’s affiliation with USSF. More information about UPSL can be found at or by following the league on Facebook. Contact: [email protected] / Media: [email protected]