Each weekend, Real Colorado teams compete in games across the state and country. As original members of the Elite Clubs National League and the US Soccer Development Academy, our top teams take on the best in the country. While weekends can be busy, we wanted to make sure to highlight these high level games as an invitation to come on out, see soccer at its highest level in the US and enjoy the camaraderie of spending time with friends.
Come on out and support our teams. Wear red, paint your faces and bring plenty of sunscreen and water!
DA Winter Showcase
Following a comprehensive review of elite player 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: U-13/14, U-15/16, and U-17/18. The Academy is currently in the process of expanding its programming to include 56 new clubs at the U-12 age group and to develop 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.
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The event will include 74 U-15/16 and 72 U-17/18 Academy clubs, and will be held in conjunction with the 2016 Nike International Friendlies. The Winter Showcase provides Academy teams meaningful games against a variety of competition from throughout the country. The event focuses on player, coach and referee development and also serves as a premier opportunity for talent identification.
The Winter Showcase schedule will feature 219 games, and the Academy will highlight the quality of clubs and players with six Feature Games. The matchups were selected to provide competitive games, as well as highlight clubs who exemplify the Academy philosophy.
Thursday, Dec 1, 2016 (EST)
- 1:00 pm – U18 vs Everton FC Westchester
Friday, Dec 2, 2016 (EST)
- 9:00 am – U16 vs San Jose Earthquakes
- 2:00 pm – U18 vs Chargers Soccer Club
Saturday, Dec 3, 2016 (EST)
- 10:00 am – U16 vs Sacramento Republic
Sunday, Dec 4, 2016 (EST)
- 11:15 am – U18 vs Empire United
Monday, Dec 5, 2016 (EST)
- 11:15 am U16 vs Vardar