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FAQs

What is The EA?

The Elite Academy League is composed of member clubs that represent Elite competitive clubs in their market and have shown to be of the standard and will benefit from being part of this platform. By unifying clubs from within the conferences, we have maintained the defining standards of previous elite platforms with a collective approach to making sure the platform sits atop the youth landscape.

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Is the EA only for Boys?

Yes, the EA is a boys only league.

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What age groups will Phoenix Premier FC field in EA?

In 2024-2025 PPFC will field teams in the U13 and U14 age groups.

In 2025-2026 PPFC will have teams competing in the U13, U14, U15, U16, U17 and U18/U19 age groups.

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Will PPFC's EA teams still compete in an Arizona based league?

PPFC teams may play in local AZ leagues. League decisions will be determined on a team by team basis.

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Will PPFC's EA teams participate in State Cup / Presidents Cup? 

This will be determined on a team by team basis.  Directors will work closely with team coaches to determine the best option for each team, whether it be to participate in State Cup, Presidents Cup, or another alternative.

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What is the EA Player Identification Process?

PPFC will be hosting EA Identification sessions soon. Please check back for dates!

EA player identification will also take place in line with traditional Phoenix Premier FC tryouts.  Non-current PPFC (players at other clubs) players may express interest in playing for PPFC by contacting Boys Director of Coaching, Bobby Smith - bobby.smith@phoenixpremierfc.com   

Current and external interested PPFC players will go through player placement in May tryouts as normal. 

 

All players will need to register for and attend PPFC tryouts.

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When will EA roster decisions be made?

Typically roster spots will be offered throughout the tryout process at the discretion of the coaching staff. 

If you are unsure as to where you stand with a roster spot please contact the team coach and Boys Director of Coaching, Bobby Smith - bobby.smith@phoenixpremierfc.com   

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Are the uniforms different for EA?

No, we will retain the same uniform for the 2024-2025 season. We will be entering year 2 of the 2 year uniform cycle. EA teams and players will be provided with the EA patch that will be ironed onto the PPFC uniform. 

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Can EA players play for their HS teams?

Yes - PPFC has always supported it's players participating in their HS seasons. That will remain the same in the EA. 

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Will there be one or two teams for the U18/U19 age group in EA?

There will be one combined team for the EA program that will compete at U19 level.