About Development Academy Showcases
Development Academy Showcases provide a national platform for Academy teams to play league matches against non-conference opponents. The Showcases also provide Academy players with exposure to U.S. Soccer Best Practices and additional educational programming. Each team receives footage collected by Hi-Pod of all of their games from each Showcase.
About Development Academy Playoffs
The top two or three teams from each division (three from Northeast, Atlantic, Southeast, Frontier and Mid-American, and two from Northwest and Southwest) will automatically advance to the 2014 Academy Playoffs based on overall points per game. The next 13 teams with the overall most points per game not based on division will qualify for the 2014 Academy Playoffs.
Once a team has qualified for the Playoffs, teams will be seeded into four (4) pots based on overall points per game throughout the Academy season.
Pot #1: Teams seeded #1-#8
Pot #2: Teams seeded #9-#16
Pot #3: Teams seeded $17-#24
Pot #4: Teams seeded #25-#32
Teams will be drawn from each pot and placed into a Playoff Group of four (4) teams. Teams will be placed back in their respective pot if drawn into a Playoff Group with a division opponent.
Each of the eight (8) Playoff Groups will contain four (4) teams each. The same procedure applies to both the U-15/16 and U-17/18 age groups.
About Development Academy Finals Week
The top eight (8) finishers at the Development Academy Playoffs qualify to attend Finals Week. Each team is allowed up to 18 players and three (3) coaches per team for a week's stay. Players and coaches are exposed to an overall event designed according to U.S. Soccer Best Practices both on and off the field. The final matches place seeds 1-4 from each group against one another, matching Seed 1 from Group A against Seed 1 from Group B in each group in the final placement game.
About the U.S. Soccer Training Centers
U.S. Soccer is conducting training sessions in conjunction with local clubs and state associations to identify players with youth national team potential. Training Centers will be conducted by a member of the U.S. Soccer National Staff. Training Centers (TCs) are a new platform designed to improve player identification, player development and coach development. Each TC will be administered by the Academy Conference’s Technical Advisor, assisted by Academy coaches and National Team Coaches. Most TCs will be aligned with the Youth National Team calendar to evaluate players before trips and camps. Top players from each Academy club at both age groups will be invited to attend the training sessions. Non-host coaches are encouraged to attend. After piloting the program in the 2008-09 season in large markets such as Chicago, New York and Los Angeles, positive feedback was given by both Academy players and coaches in hopes of continuing to improve the everyday environment.
There are no fees for players to participate in the U.S. Soccer Training Centers but players are responsible for their own travel and must be invited by a U.S. Soccer National Team coach.
Local coaches are invited to participate to view the quality of a youth national team training session and evaluate local players.
DVDs from all previous Showcases, Playoffs and Finals Week games are made available to coaches and players by U.S. Soccer.
- Go to HiPod.com and complete all the necessary information.
- Check the game numbers on Demosphere; previous years are posted on Team Pages. Game numbers must be included on the order form.
- HD DVDs are in blu-ray format and not viewable on regular DVD players. You may download instructions to view the DVDs on your laptop.
- Orders may take up to four weeks to fulfill. HD DVDs are only available while supplies last after an Academy event. U.S. Soccer will contact customers directly if the high definition version is no longer available.