WHAT IS THE US SOCCER DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY?
The Development Academy is a partnership between U.S. Soccer and the top youth clubs around the country to provide the best youth players in the U.S. with an every day environment designed to produce the next generation of National Team players. The Academy’s programming philosophy of increased training, less total games and more competitive games is based on U.S. Soccer’s Best Practices utilized by the U-17 U.S. National Team Residency program.
The Academy has approximately 96 total clubs, comprised of teams in three age groups: 14, U-15/16, and U-17/18. The Academy recently expanded its programming to include approximately 56 new clubs at the U-12 and U-13 age groups and is in the process of develop a Girls’ Development Academy that will begin in Fall 2017.
The Academy also connects National Team coaches directly with the Academy clubs to develop and identify players and coaches for future Youth National Teams. Each Academy team is evaluated by a National Team coach at least ten times each year and each Academy club receives two formal evaluations in over 100 categories each year from Nation Team staff.
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.
The Development Academy is also focused on identifying and developing the next generation of elite referees. U.S. Soccer assigns up-and-coming officials to participate in Academy games at the local level and at national events.
Juventus Sport Club and Palo Alto Soccer Club serve as founding members of the Silicon Valley Soccer Academy, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that pools the resources between both clubs to offer the pinnacle of youth soccer development to the talented players of the Bay Area.
The Academy’s mission is to boost player development in our Silicon Valley community by providing members age U12-U19 an opportunity to work with top-level coaches, play elite soccer and develop to their full potential during peak learning years, regardless of their financial situation.
Elite soccer is not an inexpensive endeavor. Our partnership provides the means and allows players from Juventus SC, Palo Alto SC, and surrounding Silicon Valley communities to participate in the most demanding league with the highest visibility from US Soccer scouts, college coaches, and professional clubs.
The players in the US Soccer Development Academy demonstrate their passion and skills everyday on the field and Silicon Valley Soccer Academy provides the platform for the Bay Area’s best players to showcase their talents on the field, support their academics and hopefully, create life changing opportunities through a sport they love.