U12, U13, U14 Development Academy

For boys birth year 2005, 2006, 2007

Capital FC Timbers enters our third year as a member of the US Soccer Development Academy for U12 (2007), U13 (2006), and U14 (2005) boys. CFC joins an exclusive group of clubs who meet the strict standards of the Development Academy.


The U.S. Soccer Development Academy (USSDA) program provides education, resources, and support to impact everyday club environments in order to develop world-class players.

Program Aims:

  1. To improve the environment for players at younger ages
  • More training (min. 3-4x sessions per week)
  • Higher Quality Training
  • Less total games
  • More meaningful games
  • Critical learning age
  1. To simplify the overall soccer landscape, providing a streamlined path for players from U12 to U19 and beyond
  1. Localized programming, reducing travel distances and cost

Key Performance Categories:

  1. Player Development Effectiveness (Youth National Team and Pro Player Production)
  2. Staff Leadership, Structure, and Qualifications
  3. Style of Play and Philosophy
  4. Training Environment and Personal Development
  5. Facilities and Infrastructure
  6. Respect
  7. Resources

USSDA Organization and Requirements

  • Weekly soccer schedule framework:
    • Training: min 3x per week (U12) and min. 4x per week (U13-14)
    • Games: 1 game per weekend during competitive periods
    • Rest: min 2 days off per week
    • No participation in other soccer competitions during competitive periods
    • 9.5 month season from September to June with rest periods in December, July and August
  • Game day environment
    • Approx. 1 meaningful game per week over 24-30 weeks
    • Game focus on player performance over winning
    • 9v9 format for U12, 11v11 for U13-14
    • No standings or postseason to de-emphasize results, encourage individual performance, and reduce costs
    • Respect: game, opposition, spectators, referee
  • Playing time and substitution philosophy
    • Longer periods of playing time and less frequent interruptions to benefit player development


The above schedule is from US Soccer. U13 and U14 teams can expect out of state travel to California in November.

All elements of the program intend to align with US Soccer’s requirements for Development Academy Members.


Overview of the Program:


Part 1: Pre-season preparation (June-August)

The preparation period focuses on training and introducing players to the program’s expectations and style of play. Players will train 3-4x per week and can expect travel to at least one tournament in July or August. The coaching staff will organize friendly matches as they see developmentally appropriate for each group.


Part 2: Fall Competition Period (September – November)

The competition period will consist of 3 (U12) or 4 (U13, U14)  90-minute training sessions tentatively scheduled on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday (U13/U14 only) and Friday evenings with one game per weekend. Players will compete side-by-side against other Development Academy Member Clubs every week. Games will be held at CFC’s Training Complex or away. Other member clubs are all located in the Portland area.

The U13 (2006) and U14 (2005) teams can expect to travel to San Diego in November for the Western Region Showcase. Exact dates are TBA.

Following the conclusion of the Fall Competition Period players will meet individually with their coach to receive an individual player evaluation.


Part 3: Break (December)

December is a transition period and will be off for the Development Academy teams. No official training or games will be scheduled during this month, and players are encouraged to enjoy being kids, play other sports, or play soccer unofficially.


Part 4: Futsal Period (January)

Players will resume training in the first week of January. The U12 team will train 2x a week indoors with a focus specifically on Futsal. The U12 curriculum will emphasize technical development, 1v1 duels and small-group combination play. At the end of the Futsal Period, the U12 team will compete in a Northwest Futsal Showcase. This is a 2-day event that combines the Oregon DA’s and the Washington DA’s that has historically been played the first weekend of February.

U13 and U14 players will resume training outdoors 3x a week on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. The curriculum will be focused on technical skills, injury prevention and small-group combinations.

Friday nights during the Futsal Period will be an “open-play” futsal session with all three academy groups combining together. The goal of this session is to encourage players to enjoy the game in an unstructured, fun environment.


Part 5: Spring Competition Period (February-June)

Just as in the fall, the competition period will consist of three (U12) or four (U13, U14)  90-minute training sessions scheduled on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday (U13/U14 only) and Friday evenings with one game per weekend.

Players will continue to compete side-by-side against other Development Academy Member Clubs every week.


Part 6: Transition to 2018-19


During April of 2019, talent identification events for the next season will be held to determine players who will continue in the Academy track. The plan for the following year will be announced after the club receives feedback from US Soccer and determination on the future of the Academy Program as it continues to expand.



$1375 + $100 Annual Memembership Fee*

*Uniform, additional tournaments, and personal travel expenses not included.

Scholarships available – Because of generous donations from members of our community, scholarships of up to 75% are available to families who qualify. For more details, please email office@capitalfctimbers.com


How many teams will there be and how many kids will be on each team? 

Capital FC Staff will select one team per age group that will compete in the USSDA League made up of 05, 06 and 07 players. The U12 team can carry a maximum of 13 players for games playing 9v9, and U13, U14 teams can carry a maximum of 20 players for games playing 11v11.


Will this team be playing in summer tournaments?

US Soccer Development Academy teams have certain restrictions regarding which tournaments these teams are allowed to play in, and thus it is difficult to determine which tournaments the teams will participate in. US Soccer has told us they are working on a list of approved tournaments that these teams can participate in, so we are waiting on this.

That being said, we are working with other USSDA clubs to have some sort of summer event as we did last year in partnership with FC Portland. This has not been finalized.


Will this team participate in State Cup/Regionals/etc.?

USSDA teams will not participate in State Cup/Regionals.


Will the boys be allowed to participate in RTC/ODP?



What is the selection criteria for making the team? 

Players will be selected using the TIPS analysis (Technique, Insight, Personality, Speed) that was coined by Ajax’s youth academy. The most important of these traits are insight into the game and speed as they are most difficult to coach/develop in players.


Will the game day rosters be balanced or a 1st and 2nd team?

The rosters will be 1st and 2nd team. Some players will move between both teams depending on the week, but we believe that it is best for the development of the kids to have them play with players most similar to them in skill level.


If my son doesn’t make the Development Academy Team, what are my options? 

Your player is encouraged to participate with our birth year competitive programs at 2005, 2006, or 2007. Find out more about these programs here.  It is to be noted that players from competitive programs may be invited to train or participate with the Development Academy later in the year depending on their development and performance.


Will there be additional costs outside of the membership dues? 

Yes, each player will be required to purchase a uniform package and may be responsible for travel to USSDA events that may occur throughout the year. It is our goal as a club to help support the fundraising efforts of this team so as to bring down the costs for these items as the come up.

Still have questions?

Email Kyle Brouse CFC’s Development Academy Director.