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U.S. Soccer Development Academy
Second Largest Development Academy Expansion Welcomes 17 New Clubs for 2017-2018 Season
17 Clubs, 165 teams and 2 divisions added for 2017-18 Development Academy Season
CHICAGO (Feb. 3, 2017) - As part of its ongoing effort to develop world-class players, coaches, and referees, the U.S. Soccer Development Academy has announced its second largest expansion of total teams to the player development pathway structure since the Academy started in 2007.
New clubs were selected for admission to the Development Academy's eleventh season based on club leadership and quality of coaching staff, desire to embrace Development Academy philosophy and core values, infrastructure and investment of resources, player production history, player pool depth and geographic location.
The expansion includes 17 new, unique clubs accepted into the Academy, 108 existing clubs receiving promotions into additional age groups and two new geographical regions - the Portland and Seattle markets - being introduced at the U-13 and U-14 age groups. In conjunction with the recent U-15 single age group announcement for the 2017-2018 Development Academy season, 15 new teams will be added to the U-11/12 age group, 27 new teams will be added to U-13, 34 teams added to U-14, 82 teams added at the new U-15 age group, five additional teams to U-16/17 (formerly U-15/16) and two new teams will be added to U-18/19 (formerly U-17/18). Along with the 17 new Academy clubs introduced there will be a total of 165 additional teams, 2 new divisions and one newly introduced age group added for the 2017-2018 Academy season.
NEW CLUBS WELCOMED AT U-11/12:
Ajax United (Bay Area)
California Odyssey SC (Bay Area)
Charlotte Soccer Academy North (Carolina)
Cincinnati United Premier (Great Lakes)
Discoveries Soccer Club (Carolina)
Elk Grove Soccer (Bay Area)
Legends FC (LA)
Los Angeles Premier FC (LA)
Murrieta Surf Soccer Club (LA)
Mustang Soccer Club (Bay Area)
Philadelphia Ukrainian Nationals (North Atlantic)
Rebels Soccer Club (San Diego)
San Francisco Glens Evolution (Bay Area)
San Antonio FC (Texas)
About the Academy
Following a comprehensive review of elite player development in the United States and around the world, U.S. Soccer created the Development Academy in 2007 for male players in the U-15 to U-18 age groups. In 2013, the Academy expanded to include the U-13/14 age group, and in 2016, the Academy launched the U-12 age group, which has continued to improve development by setting standards and improving the everyday environment for elite players and clubs. Academy alumni have progressed to play at elite amateur and professional levels with 109 Academy graduates rostered in the MLS in 2016 and 23 Academy players earning U.S. MNT caps.
(1) WHAT IS THE DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY?
The Development Academy is a partnership between US Soccer and the TOP youth soccer clubs around the country to provide the best youth players in the USA with an every day environment designed to produce the next generation of National Team players. The Academy,s programming philosophy is based on increased training, less total games and more competitive games.
(2) CAN ACADEMY PARTICIPATE IN NON-ACADEMY COMPETITIONS?
Development Academy Teams are only permitted to participate in Academy competitions ( League games, Showcases, Playoffs and Finals Week ) and non-Academy events approved by the Academy Technical Committee. (Dallas cup, Surf Cup& SCDSL showcase events ). Full-Time Development Academy players do NOT participate in any High School programs.
(3) HOW MANY GAMES ARE PLAYED AND HOW LONG IS THE
Each Academy club plays 30 league games plus showcases. The league season begins in September and finishes in July. Clubs will break from league play for periods of inactivity due to weather or the end of the season. Development Academy teams can only play 1 game per day and are not allowed to play 3 consecutive days of games.
One mandatory rest day will be implemented in a 3 game event(Winter and Summer showcases ).
(4) HOW MUCH ARE ACADEMY TEAMS REQUIRED TO TRAVEL?
Murrieta Surf US Academy teams are in the Southwestern Division Conference. Each team is plays each other twice once home and once away . The Southwestern conference has the least amount of travel of all the US Soccer Development Academy Conferences due to the close proximity of the teams within the conference.
(5) HOW MANY DAYS PER WEEK WILL THE USSF TEAMS TRAIN?
Murrieta Surf US Soccer Development Academy teams will train a total of 4 days per week starting in July.
(6) WHAT IS A DEVELOPMENT PLAYER ( also called DP)?
Coaching staff will select a roster of Full-Time players for the Development Academy Teams. In addition, certain players may be selected as Development players (DPs) throughout the season. DPs will play Full-Time on one of the other Murrieta Surf Teams in their age group and will be able to play with the DA team for a total of 6 matches in a season. DPs will be able to train with the DA team on days he does not train with his primary team. The coaching staff closely watches the development of the DP and may move certain players to Full-Time status later in the season. DPs are allowed to participate in High School programs.
(7) ARE SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE?
The 2006 U12 US Development Academy will be mostly fully funded for the 2017/2018 season.
(8) HOW DO DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY PLAYERS GET EXPOSURE TO US NATIONAL TEAMS?
US Soccer Training Centers are sessions that are hosted every few months in various locations in Southern California where National Team coaches train and identify players,
these sessions are at zero costs to the players who are invited to attend. US Soccer scouts attend the majority of divisional games to identify players for National Team Camps and US Training Centers.
Additional Information about US Soccer Development Academy
Coaching education programs are provided by US Soccer to keep coaches up to date with the latest training techniques. US Soccer is continuously evaluating US Soccer Development Academy Clubs in regards to their training facilities, training methods and playing style, coaching curriculum and other US Soccer Development Academy club obligations.