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.
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.”