No clue what alternate universe you live in... but most GDA teams at this point would whole handily beat any ECNL team or other team in any league. Other than GB and the Blues at 01/02...I would love to know who YOU think could beat the DA champion from any other age group last year..,complete idiotic statement...This just seems like a clean way to introduce a two tier system, and acknowledge that most clubs in GDA are not remotely competitive compared to the top clubs. That is important to USSF if the goal is to stop the continued defection of top clubs to ECNL.
Anyone else notice something a bit different in the regional map in the link? Did GDA announce they were combining the SE and Atlantic divisions? The magi seems to suggest that. That should make Tophat and a couple of NC clubs happy.
How does this idea sit with teams in SoCal, aren't clubs 3-6 kind of indistinguishable? I guess the idea of competition is cool... but how many clubs in that 3-6 ranking might rather avoid subjecting themselves to this kind of relegation?