U.S. Soccer’s Mission
The U.S. Soccer Development Academy impacts everyday club environments to develop world-class players.
About the Program
The U.S. Soccer Development Academy was created in 2007 after a review of elite player development in the United States and around the world. Currently in its 10th season, the program has expanded to 78 clubs competing in ten geographically-based divisions with ages spanning from the U12 to the U19 levels. Although some attributes have changed during the past ten seasons, the basic mission and principles remain intact: increased focus on training, meaningful competition, which provides a direct connection to U.S. National Team programming.
Developing World Class Players
The Academy Program’s philosophy is based on increased training, fewer total games and more meaningful games. This game-centric approach allows for long-term development to occur through understanding the profile of elite players around the world. The USSDA provides the optimum development environment for the nation’s top youth soccer players and coaches.
Academy teams spend a greater amount of time focused on training to improve as individuals and as a team. The teams and players receive direct feedback and evaluations from National Team Staff in both training and game environments.
The Developmental Academy program features teams from the top youth clubs from around the country. Each Academy team plays approximately 25-30 regular season games to ensure all games are meaningful. Members of our Men’s National Team Scouting Network regularly attend Academy games, allowing players to be evaluated over the course of the season and in their natural positions allowing for the best player assessment.