After receiving overwhelming support from the Development Academy membership, the Academy moved to a schedule in the fall of 2012 that runs from September through June (or July based on postseason play). This creates a format that is similar to those followed by the elite soccer playing nations around the world as the Development Academy and U.S. Soccer continue their goal of closing the performance gap with the top soccer nations.
Moving to a 10-month season allows players to train together three or four times per week and play meaningful games on the weekend nearly year-round. Fewer games and an extended season will allow for the addition of a substantial number of extra training sessions, which are the primary vehicle for player development.
The 10-month season allows for a greater opportunity to institute style of play and implement a system according to U.S. Soccer's Curriculum, as well as build team chemistry. It also gives teams increased opportunities for younger kids in their club to "play up" against older players in both training and matches, thereby accelerating their development.
Please find more information about the Academy 10-month season below.