Great talent comes from all geographic areas and socioeconomic backgrounds. Through the Development Academy Scholarship Program, U.S. Soccer, with the support of its generous Development Fund Donors, is ensuring talented young players can access the elite training, coaching, and competition for life-changing soccer development and success.

Travel expenses to participate in the DA season are borne by DA players and their families. The DA Scholarship Program aims to increase affordability by providing funds to helpcover these expenses. Since the program's inception in 2008, U.S. Soccer has contributed nearly $4.2 million to support 3,000 players competing in the Development Academy. Additional support is available through the Dimitrios Tsatsis Scholarship Fund, which allows clubs to nominate an Applicant for extra scholarship funding.


The DA selects scholarship recipients using an application process that takes many factors into consideration, including but not limited to family income and total distance the player will travel for competitions. Scholarships are available to full-time players only.

Applicants are required to complete an online application which includes providing a Federal Tax Return and other financial information. All information submitted is confidential and used for the sole purpose of determining the Applicant's ability to fund perticipation in the Development Academy. Failure to submit required information or submitting an incomplete application will affect the Applicant's eligibility.