US Soccer Development Academy

DA_primary_2colorAbout the Program

Created in 2007, the development academy was established to primarily focus on youth player development in the United States. The league consists of 64 elite youth soccer clubs from around the country in its inaugural season. Each team is comprised by geographic proximity, with two age groups (U-15/16 & U-17/18). These 64 teams were divided into eight conferences with each team playing approximately 25-30 home and away matches during an eight-month season.

Currently in its 10th season, the program has expanded to 78 clubs competing in ten
geographically-based divisions with ages spanning from the U12 to the U19 levels. Although some attributes have changed during the past ten seasons, the basic mission and principles remain intact: increased focus on training, meaningful competition, which provides a direct connection to U.S. National Team programming.

Developing World Class Players

U.S. Soccer's Development Academy program is driven by the game and its players, coaches and referees. This game-centric approach allows for long-term development to occur through a deep understanding of what makes players successful around the world. The U.S. Soccer Development Academy program provides the optimum developmental environment for the nation's top youth soccer players, coaches, and referees by emphasizing development through quality training and limited, meaningful competition.

Meaningful Training

Academy teams spend a greater amount of time focused on training to improve as individuals and as a team. The teams and players receive direct feedback and evaluations from both the Sockers FC and US Soccer staff in the training and game environments. Using a multitude of feedback systems, each athlete gains a greater understanding of how he compares against his peers and what he needs to do to achieve their optimal performance levels.

Meaningful Competition

The Developmental Academy program features teams from the top youth clubs from around the country. Each Academy team plays approximately 25-30 regular season games to ensure all games are meaningful. Games are also played according to FIFA's Laws of the Game and officiated by a pool of the nation's top young referees in order to prepare players for the next level of competition. Members of our Men’s National Team Scouting Network regularly attend Academy games, allowing players to be evaluated over the course of the season and in their natural positions allowing for the best player assessment.

US Soccer Development Academy: 

Clubs and Conference Alignment

Development Academy Teams:

2017/18 Season

US SOCCER:

US Soccer Development Academy

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