San Diego, CA (July 3, 2007) - U.S. Soccer has accepted Nomads Soccer Club into the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, bringing the total number of admissions to 31 youth clubs from across the country. With the launch of the new DevelopmentAcademy, the U.S. Soccer Federation has taken the initiative in extending its National Team program and putting an emphasis on the development of the player by improving their daily environment.
"After reviewing the Nomads Soccer Club’s application, we felt they fulfilled the qualifications of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy and were a good addition to the program," said U.S. Soccer’s U-17 Men’s National Team Coach John Hackworth. "We have every expectation that Nomads Soccer Club’s participation in the Academy will only increase their past successes of developing elite youth players."
The DevelopmentAcademy concept is designed to shift the focus of the young elite player from an ’overburdened, game emphasis’ model to a ’meaningful training and competition’ model. The concept was unveiled by U.S. Soccer on June 4 and the response has been unprecedented.
"The inclusion of Nomads Soccer Club only adds to the encouraging start of this new program," said U.S. Soccer’s Director of Coaching Education Bob Jenkins. "The key component to the DevelopmentAcademy is a focus from the clubs on doing what it takes to get their coaches and players focused on long term player development and we felt Nomads Soccer Club will provide the right training environment to make this happen."
Applications continue to come in and are under review with more decisions due in the coming weeks. Created to provide players with the best possible opportunity and environment to develop, the U.S. Soccer Development Academy is being initiated after a comprehensive review of player development systems in the United States and around the world.
"After completing an extensive review and discussion across the country, we feel that it is the right time for U.S. Soccer to lead a change in the sport at the youth level," said U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati. "We need to shift the focus of our young elite players from an ’overburdened, game emphasis’ model to a ’meaningful training and competition’ model. This will ultimately lead to more success and will allow players to develop to their full potential."
U.S.SOCCERDEVELOPMENTACADEMY - STRUCTURE
The focus of the Academy is on player development and providing players with the best possible opportunity to develop to the highest level they are capable of achieving
A minimum requirement of three training sessions and one rest day per week
The top youth soccer clubs in the U.S.
U.S. Soccer coaches will select qualified applicants on a rolling basis until Aug. 1
U-16 & U-18 teams (minimum roster of 22 players); providing opportunities for than 2,000 players
Divided into conferences with each team playing between 30 and 38 home and away matches during an eight-month season. Each conference will be comprised of approximately 15-20 teams based on geographic proximity. The winner of each conference will play in the Academy Finals at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.
Below is a complete list of the DevelopmentAcademy’s 31 current clubs representing 16 states and the District of Columbia.
· De Anza Force Soccer Club
· Mustang FC
· Nomads Soccer Club
· Colorado Rush
· Real Colorado
· Oakwood Soccer Club
District of Columbia
· DC United
· Clearwater Chargers Soccer Club
· Kendall Soccer Coalition
· Atlanta Fire United Soccer Association
· Chicago Magic Soccer Club
· Chicago Sockers
· Potomac Soccer
· FC Greater Boston Bolts
· Michigan Wolves
· Seacoast United
· New York Red Bulls
· B/W Gottschee
· FC Westchester
· CASL - Capitol Area Soccer League
· Greensboro Youth Soccer Club
· FC DELCO
· Richmond Kickers Soccer Club
· Richmond Strikers
· VA Rush Soccer Club
· Crossfire Premier Soccer Club
· Washington Premier FC
U.S. Soccer House 1801 S. Prairie Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60616