The mission of the program is to provide education, resources and support to directly impact the everyday environment for clubs to develop world-class players. U.S. Soccer created the Academy to focus on individual player development. The Academy philosophy is simple: More Training, Higher Quality Training, Less Games, More Meaningful Games, and Proper Rest Ratio. As part of the selection process U.S. Soccer reviews the following:
- 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.
The competitive framework focuses on the core values of the program, which emphasizes quality coaching and teaching in a positive learning environment for players. Development Academy program objectives; Individual player development within the team concept, improving the quality of coaching for players, shifting away from results-driven philosophies, and promoting a holistic approach to development: respect, lifestyle, and personal responsibility.
To read U.S. Soccer’s Academy announcement US Soccer Boys DA Announcement . For additional information regarding the Development Academy program, visit the U.S. Soccer Development Academy website online at http://www.ussoccerda.com/overview