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Unique SA/LFCIA WMD Merger Announcement

12/21/2017, 8:45am CST
By David Jones


We are pleased to announce that effective December 1st, 2017 Unique Soccer Academy has merged with Liverpool FC International Academy Western Maryland.

This is a merger of two very compatible soccer organizations. Players and coaches from both organizations will now be trained under a proven development program driven by the proprietary curriculum of Liverpool FC International Academy (UK) and the world-wide resources that come with being part of the LFC International Academy America system.

“The strength of the combined soccer clubs now lies in Liverpool FCIA Western Maryland’s ability to support recreational entry level programs, and, a professionally run competitive club for young aspiring soccer players,” said Alan Lydiate Director of Unique SA. “We’re excited to offer both opportunities to young athletes in the tri-state area.  We share Liverpool FC’s emphasis on player development and the importance of a professional experience for those enthusiastic, committed players who aspire to play competitively.” 

“This move will provide a clear development pathway for all of our players. Soccer playing children deserve the best, including licensed, trained, independent coaches with professional resources and a structured development methodology to support them.  We have a great relationship with David Jones (Executive Director and President of LFCIA Western Maryland) so we know and respect the people we are partnering with. He’s opening another door for players wishing to play at a higher level and we’re grateful to be a part of that.” David Jones commented, "We have been extremely happy with Unique’s development in Washington County under Alan’s leadership.  We hold similar values and joining forces allows us to expand the Liverpool FC brand and professional network to players of all levels. We cannot wait to start working together to help the Western Maryland community embrace this fantastic club and help all of our players develop under the guidance of the Liverpool FC International Academy.”

The Liverpool FC International Academy system is a growing network of soccer academies that operates worldwide.  In addition to having access to the curriculum — which includes online training sessions developed by Liverpool International Academy coaches around the world — the program involves regular interaction with the International Academy coaches in England.  

There are additional opportunities for coaching education sessions in Maryland and at The Academy in Liverpool, as well as LFC International Academy (UK) coaches coming to Maryland to work with club players and coaches at the annual LFCIA summer camp.

LFCIA-Western MD operates as a premier soccer academy out of Hagerstown MD.  U6-U10 players can register seasonally and tryouts for LFCIA-WMD are held annually at the end of each spring season for children aged 11-18yrs. For more information visit

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