Nomads Accepted into US Soccer Development Academy

July 3, 2007

U.S. Soccer’s Development Academy Now at 31 Clubs with More to Come; New Development Academy Will provide Improved Soccer Environment for Thousands of Elite Players, Coaches & Referees from Coast-to-Coast

U.S. Soccer has accepted Nomads Soccer Club into the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, bringing the total number of admissions to 64 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 Development Academy has been implemented to shift the focus of the young elite player toward a ‘meaningful training and competition’ model, with the U.S. Soccer Federation taking the initiative to extend its National Team program into the daily environment of the elite player,” said U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati. “The response thus far has been unprecedented for a youth initiative.”

The admission process was extremely competitive with more than 150 applications being submitted in less than two months. The competition component of the Academy will feature 64 clubs, representing 24 states and the District of Columbia, plus the U.S. National Team from U.S. Soccer’s Residency Program, playing at the Under-15/16 and Under-17/18 age levels.

“We are excited about the high level of quality in the clubs that will partner with U.S. Soccer to extend our National Team training models into their everyday environment,” said U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team Head Coach John Hackworth. “As we work with the clubs and enable the players to have more training time, we anticipate only positive improvements for the national teams as well.”

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