DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY EXPANSION WELCOMES 16 NEW CLUBS FOR 2018-2019 SEASON

Sixteen Clubs and 70 Teams Added for 2018-19 Development Academy Season

CHICAGO (March 9, 2018) - As part of its ongoing effort to impact everyday environments to develop world-class players, the U.S. Soccer Development Academy has expanded its membership of 197 existing clubs for the 2018-2019 season, welcoming 16 new clubs that include 32 additional teams, as well as 38 additional teams from existing clubs.

NEW CLUBS JOINING THE DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY FOR 2018-19 SEASON

Club

Gender

Age Group(s)

Division

Dallas Texans - South

Boys

U-12

Texas

GPS Florida West

Boys

U-12

Florida South

Houston Dynamo Academy - West

Boys

U-12

Texas

Lonestar SC Academy South

Boys

U-12

Texas

Northeast United Soccer Club

Boys

U-12, U-13, U-14

Oregon

OC Surf Soccer Club

Boys

U-13, U-14

Southwest

Oklahoma Energy FC

Girls

U-14, U-15, U-16/17, U-18/19

Frontier

RGV FC Toros Academy

Boys

U-15, U-16/17, U-18/19

Frontier

Sacramento United Soccer Club

Boys

U-12

Valley

San Jose Surf Soccer Club

Boys

U-12

Bay Area

Solar Soccer Club West

Boys

U-12

Texas

Sporting Omaha

Girls

U-14, U-15, U-16/17, U-18/19

Frontier

Tigres San Antonio

Boys

U-12

Texas

Toronto FC

Boys

U-15, U-16/17, U-18/19

Mid-America

Utah Royals FC (Phoenix, Ariz.)

Girls

U-14, U-15, U-16/17, U-18/19

Southwest

Ventura County Fusion

Boys

U-12

LA


ACADEMY CLUBS ADDING NEW GENDER TEAMS FOR 2018-19 SEASON

Club

Gender

Age Groups

Division

Arlington Soccer Association

Girls

U-14, U-15

Atlantic

West Florida Flames

Boys

U-12, U-13, U-14

Florida North


ACADEMY CLUBS ADDING AGE-GROUPS FOR 2018-19 SEASON

Club

Gender

Age Group(s)

Division

Albion SC

Boys

U-18/19

Southwest

Arlington Soccer Association

Boys

U-15

Atlantic

Armada FC Pro Academy

Boys

U-18/19

Southeast

Ballistic United

Boys

U-16/17

Northwest

Cedar Stars Academy - Bergen

Boys

U-16/17

Atlantic

Chula Vista FC

Boys

U-13

Southwest

Cincinnati United Premier

Boys

U-15

Mid-America

Davis Legacy Soccer Club

Boys

U-12

Valley

Discoveries Soccer Club

Boys

U-13, U-14

South Atlantic

LA Galaxy San Diego

Boys

U-15

Southwest

Legends FC

Boys

U-13, U-14

Southwest

Los Angeles Football Club

Boys

U-15

Southwest

Los Angeles Premier Futbol Club

Boys

U-13

Southwest

Loudoun Soccer

Boys

U-15

Atlantic

Metropolitan Oval

Boys

U-15, U-16/17

Northeast

Minnesota United FC

Boys

U-15

Mid-America

Murrieta Surf Soccer Club

Boys

U-13

Southwest

Mustang SC

Boys

U-13, U-14

NorCal

New York Soccer Club

Boys

U-16/17

Northeast

San Antonio FC

Boys

U-15

Frontier

San Diego Soccer Club

Boys

U-13, U-14

Southwest

San Francisco Elite Academy

Boys

U-13

NorCal

San Francisco Glens Evolution

Boys

U-13

NorCal

Star Academy FC

Boys

U-13

NorCal

Total Futbol Academy

Boys

U-13, U-14

Southwest

United Futbol Academy

Boys

U-18/19

Southeast

Virginia Development Academy

Boys

U-18/19

Atlantic

New clubs and clubs receiving expansion into new age groups were selected for admission to the Development Academy's 12th season based on:

• Academy 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

Four new clubs are being introduced for the second year of Girls' programming, while 12 Academies will be welcomed for Boys' programming. These new clubs will account for 14 and 20 additional teams, respectively, while 27 existing clubs on the Boys' side have been granted additional teams in age groups where they previously did not field a team.

While the number of divisions remains the same for both gender programs, clubs from two new geographical regions are joining the Girls' Development Academy: Oklahoma Energy FC (Oklahoma City, Ok.) and Sporting Omaha (Omaha, Neb.). While a small number of clubs were added for the 2018-19 Girls' Development Academy Season, there was an encouragingly sizeable pool of applicants.

With the addition of Utah Royals FC, eight of nine NWSL clubs will be represented in the Academy. The addition of Toronto FC means that all 23 current MLS clubs are now part of the Development Academy.

In total, the Boys' Development Academy will see 12 new teams added to the U-12 age group, 14 to U-13, eight to U-14, 10 to U-15, six to U-16/17 and six additional new teams added to U-18/19. The 2018-19 Girls' Development Academy season will welcome a total of four new teams to U-14, four to U-15, three to U-16/17 and three to U-18/19.

The charts below compare the 2017-18 Academy season with the upcoming 2018-19 season.

U.S. Soccer Boys' Development Academy

2017-18

2018-19

Age Groups

Divisions

Clubs

Age Groups

Divisions

Clubs

U-12

18

150

U-12

18

162

U-13

12

115

U-13

12

129

U-14

12

123

U-14

12

131

U-15

7

82

U-15

7

92

U-16/17

7

77

U-16/17

7

83

U-18/19

7

73

U-18/19

7

79

6

63

Teams: 620
Unique Clubs: 165

6

63

Teams: 676
Unique Clubs: 178

U.S. Soccer Girls' Development Academy

2017-18

2018-19

Age Groups

Divisions

Clubs

Age Groups

Divisions

Clubs

U-14

7

69

U-14

7

73

U-15

7

69

U-15

7

73

U-16/17

7

69

U-16/17

7

72

U-18/19

7

69

U-18/19

7

72

4

28

Teams: 276
Unique Clubs: 69

4

28

Teams: 290
Unique Clubs: 73

"The Development Academy is focused on creating a clear pathway for players across the country. The expansion for the 2018-19 season creates opportunities in new markets that show potential, while building on existing markets that have successfully developed players," Development Academy Director Jared Micklos said. "This expansion is based on the quality of work that Clubs and coaches are doing in their environments every day, investing in the development of each individual player. We look forward to continuing to work collaboratively with existing and new Academy clubs as we continue our mission to develop world-class players."

BY THE NUMBERS:
• At the start of the 2018-19 Boys' Development Academy season:
o U-18/19: eligible for players born Jan. 1, 2000 or later
o U-16/17: eligible for players born Jan. 1, 2002 or later
o U-15: eligible for players born Jan. 1, 2004 or later
o U-14: eligible for players born Jan. 1, 2005 or later
o U-13: eligible for players born Jan. 1, 2006 or later
o U-12: eligible for players born Jan. 1, 2007 or later
• In 2015-16, the Development Academy registered 5,916 players across 231 teams from 96 clubs that played in 3,509 games.
• The 2016-17 Development Academy season concluded with 10,783 players registered across 461 teams from 150 clubs playing 8,036 games.
• The 2017-18 Development Academy season will conclude with over 19,000 players across 896 teams from 197 clubs playing over 13,000 games.

U.S. Soccer and Development Academy staff will continue to review applications and markets for potential growth for the 2018-19 Academy season based on new developments and a continued analysis of clubs and their player development environments.

ABOUT THE ACADEMY
Following a comprehensive review of elite player development in the United States and around world, U.S. Soccer created the Development Academy program in 2007 to improve everyday environments with standards focused on individual player development. The Academy launched with two combined age groups for male players, U-15/16 and U-17/18. In 2013, the Academy expanded to include the U-13/14 age group, and in 2016, the Academy launched the U-12 program, which has continued to build a player pathway for elite players and clubs.

In 2017, the Girls' Development Academy was launched with a mission to improve the player development landscape and create a pathway for elite female players. Today, the Academy is 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.

As Boys' Academy alumni have progressed to play at elite amateur and professional levels with MLS paving the way, NWSL clubs have also created Academy teams to develop the same pathway for future female players to progress to the professional level.