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Matchfit Academy Announces Essex County Expansion

MatchFit Academy Essex Announcement

Denville, NJ - The growth of the Matchfit Academy (MFA) youth soccer academy program continues. MFA Essex, the newest region of the MFA soccer program, will take the field with eight girls soccer teams ranging from U9 - U19 for the Fall 2024 - Spring 2025 season. 

Led by Regional Director Ariana Ruela, under the direction of Matchfit Academy Girls Director of Coaching Dominick Bucci, the teams will train out of the Newark, NJ, area while competing in the EDP Premier League & USYS National League. 

“Having built the girls program in the community of Newark, I am excited to enter a new era of girls soccer here under Matchfit Academy where our players will finally have a true player pathway on the girl’s side along with resources, exposure and opportunities to play at the highest level in the U.S.” - Ariana Ruela, Matchfit Academy Essex Regional Director

“As the Girls Director of Coaching at Match Fit Academy, I am thrilled to announce the opening of our fifth location in Newark, expanding our reach to the talented young female players in Essex County. This new location provides a clear pathway to the ECNL for aspiring players in the area. I am extremely proud to add another female in a leadership role. Ariana will be our Regional Director for this location. Ariana has been a leader in both the youth and collegiate levels. I have personally witnessed Ariana's dedication to developing high-quality players, and I am confident that this partnership will further elevate the level of soccer talent in the region." - Dominick Bucci, Matchfit Academy Girls Director of Coaching

Over the coming weeks, MFA will be announcing the coaching staff for the Essex region. 

Evaluations for the 2024-2025 season are ongoing. To register for a July session, athletes can complete the Matchfit Academy Essex Tryout Form.

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