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 to improve the everyday environment for the elite youth player.
The Development Academy is a partnership between U.S. Soccer and the top youth clubs around the country to provide the best youth players in the U.S. with an every day environment designed to produce the next generation of National Team players. The Academy’s programming philosophy of increased training, less total games and more competitive games is based on U.S. Soccer’s Best Practices utilized by the U-17 U.S. National Team Residency program.
The Academy also connects National Team coaches directly with the Academy clubs to develop and identify players and coaches for future Youth National Teams. Each Academy team is evaluated by a National Team coach at least ten times each year and each Academy club receives two formal evaluations in over 100 categories each year from National Team staff.
For more information on the Development Academy program visit the Academy Overview section.
The Development Academy holds events around the country during the 10 month Academy season. Please visit the Academy Events page to learn more about upcoming Academy Showcases, Playoffs, Finals Week and Market Training Centers.
Please contact Elizabeth Sanchez if you are a member of the media and you have questions about the Development Academy.
For information regarding U.S. Soccer Development Academy concussion evaluation and management protocols, please refer to the Concussion Guidelines section on the Sports Medicine page.