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US Soccer Development Academy

Developing the Next Generation

U.S. Soccer’s Development Academy, the DA, is driven by the game and its players, coaches and referees. This game-centric approach allows for long-term development to occur through a deep understanding of what makes players successful around the world. As the sport of soccer grows in the United States, young players in our country need the proper environment to compete against the world’s elite. The DA provides the optimum developmental environment for the nation’s top youth soccer players, coaches and referees by emphasizing development through quality training and limited, meaningful competition. Real Colorado has been a full time member of the US Soccer Development Academy since the first year in 2007.

To view the latest information of the DA, visit www.ussoccerda.com.

Mission

The DA provides education, resources and support to impact everyday club environments in order to develop world class players.

  • Player Center Development, creating pathways for student-athletes to progress from Real Colorado’s DA, through US Youth National teams, college and the professional ranks.
  • Direct Affiliates – Switchbacks (USL), AS Roma ( Italian Serie A)
    • Former Real Colorado Player Paths – coming soon

Structure

10 month season

  • Sample yearly plan
    • First Competitive Phase – 4-5 months (fall)
    • Transition Phase – Futsal for U12-U14 – 1 month (winter)
    • Second Competitive Phase – 4-5 months (spring)
    • Off season – 1 month (summer)
  • Sample event schedule
    • U12 –> 2-3 trips including AS Roma/Affiliate clubs at Disney (Florida)
    • U13 –> 3-4 trips including AS Roma/Affiliate clubs at Disney (Florida)
    • U14 –> 4 trips including AS Roma (Italy)
  • Sample weekly plan:
    • 4-6 days per week (training and games) – information coming soon

Competitive Environment

The DA features teams from the top youth clubs from around the country. Each DA team plays approximately 30 regular season games to ensure all games are meaningful. Games are also played according to FIFA’s Laws of the Game and officiated by a pool of the nation’s top young referees in order to prepare players for the next level of competition. National Team Scouts regularly attend Academy games, so players are evaluated over the course of the season and in their natural positions allowing for better player assessment.

Real Colorado’s boast 1 of only 3 clubs in Colorado with full participation in the US Soccer Development Academy.  Ages U12 – U18.

  • U18 DAteam website – fall 2015/spring 2016
    • Players born in 1997 or younger
    • Roster of 18-22 players
    • DPs –> Developmental Player opportunities
  • U16 DA - team website - fall 2015/spring 2016
    • Players born in 1999 or younger
    • Roster of 18-22 players
    • DPs –> Developmental Player opportunities
  • U14 DAteam website - fall 2015/spring 2016
    • Players born in 2001
    • Roster of 18-22 players
    • DPs –> Developmental Player opportunities
  • U15 RC Academy – team website – coming fall 2016/spring 2017
    • Players born in 2001 or younger
  • U13 DA – team website – coming fall 2016/spring 2017
    • Players born in 2003
    • Roster of 16-18 players
    • 11v11 format
  • U12 DA – team website – coming fall 2016/spring 2017
    • Players born in 2004 and younger
    • 2 teams with rosters of 12-14
    • 9v9 format
    • DP’s –> Developmental Player opportunities

Player Identification - players with Real Colorado are evaluated at training sessions and games with in the Real Colorado team environment.

  • Current full-time DA club players not with Real Colorado can trial any time after July 1st, 2016. (full-time points to clubs who have the U12-U18 age groups)
  • Current part-time DA club players not with Real Colorado can trial any time after May 15th, 2016. (part-time points to clubs who have the U12-U14 age groups only)
  • Current non- DA players not with Real Colorado can trial anytime.
  • fall 2016/spring 2017 DA Trials (tryouts) U12- U14 – May 16, 18, and 22

Real Colorado DA Coaching Staff

Scholarships – US Soccer provides a scholarship program designed to provide opportunities for full-time DA players who require financial assistance to participate in the DA program.  Additionally, Real Colorado provides a scholarship program to further support our full-time players who require financial assistance to participate in the DA program.

 

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