CHICAGO (Feb. 3, 2017) – As part of its ongoing effort to develop world-class players, coaches, and referees, the U.S. Soccer Development Academy has announced its second largest expansion of total teams to the player development pathway structure since the Academy started in 2007.
New clubs were selected for admission to the Development Academy’s eleventh season based on club leadership and quality of coaching staff, desire to embrace Development Academy philosophy and core values, infrastructure and investment of resources, player production history, player pool depth and geographic location.
The expansion includes 17 new, unique clubs accepted into the Academy, 108 existing clubs receiving promotions into additional age groups and two new geographical regions – the Portland and Seattle markets – being introduced at the U-13 and U-14 age groups.
“The Development Academy is extremely excited to announce our second largest expansion to date, welcoming 165 new teams across all of our age groups,” Development Academy Director Jared Micklos said. “This expansion is a direct reflection of the commitment from existing Academy clubs and the permeating effect of the Academy influence on additional clubs across the country that are adopting the Academy philosophy. When the Academy added 230 teams for the current 2016-2017 Academy season, our primary objective was to establish a base at the U-12 level. This early success at U-12 has created an opportunity to expand the player pathway, especially at the U-13 and U-14 age groups.”
Capital FC will now have two Development Academy teams for 2017-18. Details for the program including tryout information will be available shortly.
“The future is very bright for Capital FC,” said Collin Box, CFC Executive Director. “We have seen the benefits of being a member of the US Soccer Development Academy, not only within our existing group, but also beyond. The requirements and high standards of the Development Academy help to push our entire coaching staff forward, and the benefits of this extend to the rest of the club.”