The U.S. Soccer Development Academy program provides education, resources, and support to impact everyday club environments in order to develop world-class players.
The new U.S. Soccer Development Academy logo has been released to kick off the 2016-17 Academy season, the program's 10th season. The logo features an inextricable link to the U.S. Soccer crest, as well as features the letters "DA" for Development Academy. The forward and upward motion of the logo's shape signifies the strategic growth and direction of the program. Additionally, the four stripes represent the four pillars of the Development Academy: excellence, pride, tradition, and education.
Following a comprehensive review of the elite development in the United States and around the world, U.S. Soccer created the Development Academy in 2007. The Academy Program's philosophy is based on increased training, less total games, and more meaningful games using international rules of competition.
The Academy has 96 total clubs, comprised of teams in three age groups: U13/14, U15/16, and U17/18. The Academy is currently in the process of expanding its programming to include a Girls' Development Academy that will begin in Fall 2017.
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.