What is the Development Academy

2010 U18 Boy’s Southeastern Conference Champions

2008 U18 Boy’s Southeastern Conference Champions

2008 U18 Boy’s Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year



The U.S. Soccer Development Academy impacts everyday club environments to develop world-class players.

A New Look

The new U.S. Soccer Development Academy logo was released in the summer of 2016 to kick off the 2016-17 Academy season, the program's 10th season. The logo features an inextricable link to the U.S. Soccer crest, as well as features the letters "DA" for Development Academy. The forward and upward motion of the logo's shape signifies the strategic growth and direction of the program. Additionally, the four stripes represent the four pillars of the Development Academy: excellence, pride, tradition, and education. To stay in tune with this season's action, follow the Academy on Facebook, as well as TwitterInstagram and Snapchat @ussoccer_acad.

What is the Development Academy Program?

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. The Academy Program's philosophy is based on increased training, less total games, and more meaningful games using international rules of competition.

The Academy has recently expanded programming to include a Girls' Development Academy that will begin in Fall 2017. The Academy has 197 total clubs, comprised of teams across six age groups in the boys program: U-12, U-13, U-14, U-15, U-16/17, and U-18/19 and four age groups in the girls program: U-14, U-15, U-16/17, and U-18/19.

The Academy Program focuses on positively impacting everyday club environments to assist in maximizing youth player development across the country. The Academy values individual development of elite players over winning trophies and titles. The Academy sets the standard for elite environments for youth soccer clubs nationwide and is a part of U.S. Soccer's global leadership position in youth soccer that will impact thousands of players.

Academy Structure

Growth and Development

Program and Benefits