Growth and Development

Player Development Initiatives

U.S. Soccer's new Player Development Initiatives (PDIs) are geared towards giving players the right tools to succeed and develop to the best of their abilities in age appropriate environments. For more information about best practices, the Birth Year Mandate, and further resources, please visit the U.S. Soccer Player Development Initiatives homepage.

U-12 Program

The Development Academy is pleased to announce the expansion of the Academy to include the U-12 age group, beginning in fall 2016.The U-12 Academy program will expand upon the Academy's current objectives to develop individual players within the team concept and improve the environment at a critical stage of development for players.

The U-12 program will improve the training environment for players at younger ages by providing more and higher quality training, more meaningful yet less total games, and age-appropriate learning environments.

U-13 and U-14 Single Age Groups

The Development Academy will split the U-13/14 age group into single age groups to create foundation of the pathway at U-12, U-13, and U-14 to focus on individual player development. This will provide the base for a long-term streamlined pathway with flexibility to move players between rosters within the club, a better transition period for players from 9v9 to 11v11, and include late developers.

The U-13 Academy Program will follow the same schedule as the current U-13/14 program, consisting of divisional play, futsal training, and a reigonal showcase event.

Girls' Development Academy

The Development Academy is pleased to have expanded with the launch of the Girls' Development Academy in the Fall of 2017. The Girls' Development Academy is part of U.S. Soccer's global leadership position in women's soccer and connects with its long-term plan to improve player and coach development. The mission of the program is to provide education, resources and support to directly impact the everyday environment for clubs to develop world-class female players.

Creating the Girls' Development Academy provides the elite female player with an improved player development model in which players can focus on training with the appropriate number and level of games. This model focuses on developing the individual player within the club environment, which allows for additional training sessions per season to enhance player development.

For more information, please visit the Girls' Development Academy page.

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