About the US Soccer Development Academy

The Development Academy is a partnership between U.S. Soccer and the top youth clubs around the country to provide the best youth players in the U.S. with an environment designed to produce the next generation of National Team players. The Academy’s programming philosophy of increased training, fewer total games and more competitive games is based on U.S. Soccer’s Best Practices for the U-17 U.S. National Team Residency program.

The Academy also connects National Team coaches directly with the Academy member clubs to develop and identify players and coaches for future Youth National Teams. Each Academy team is evaluated by a National Team coach at least ten times each year and each Academy club receives two formal evaluations in over 100 categories each year from National Team staff.

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US Soccer Development Academy FAQ’s

UPDATE 05/07/2018

US Soccer Federation Development Academy season runs for 10 months in three separate time frames:

  1. Competitive Cycle #1: September – mid-November
  2. Winter Cycle: December to January
  3. Competitive cycle #2 February to June

EBU-Bay Oaks selects our Pre-Academy squads after EBU-Bay Oaks tryouts Jan/Feb 2017 with the intention of observing all players regarding readiness to compete at the USSDA level. Spring season starts in March 2017 and concludes June 2017. During this time EBU-Bay Oaks U12-U14 Academy coaches will be compiling information on all players during regular practices, pre-academy practices and also during games. The time line regarding our Academy process is listed below:

Spring Tryouts

During Spring tryouts Gold, Blue, White and Yellow teams are selected. EBU-Bay Oaks Gold Pre- Academy 06 teams represent our prediction of those players who are most prepared to meet the standard for the Academy team which will be selected after Spring season conclusion in June.

On Going Spring Player Evaluation

All players on Gold and Blue teams will be observed/evaluated during the Spring season. These observations/evaluations will determine which players will receive EBU-Bay Oaks US Soccer Federation Academy F.T.  (Full Time) and/or D.P. (Developmental Player – can play up to x6 regular league games with USSDA squad and can at any time be switched on as an FT player) offers in late June 2017.

Can Academy clubs participate in non-Academy competitions?
Academy teams are only permitted to participate in Academy competitions (league games, showcases, Academy Playoffs and Finals Week) and non-Academy events approved by the Academy Technical Committee.

Academy teams are not permitted to participate in competitions such as State Cup, Super Y-League and US Club Soccer and high school teams.


How does someone tryout for an Academy club?
Anyone interested in trying out for an Academy club will need to contact the club directly for specific information regarding the tryout process. For club information, use the ‘Club Directory’here.(insert link)  EBU Bay Oaks tryouts/Talent I.D. Days for the Academy U12, U13, andU14 team will be set in compliance with the tryout windows for Academy clubs.

What age groups compete in the Development Academy?
The program currently utilizes four (4) pure age-groups and two (2) mixed age groups for competition: U12, U13, U14, U15, U16/17 and U-18/19 age groups. Clubs competing in the U15, U16/17 and U-18/19 age groups must field teams that are able to travel extensively. EBU Bay Oaks club has only the U12, U13, and U14 Academy program at present. The club can earn the rights to apply for a U15, U16/16 or U18/U19 academy in the future.

Can Academy clubs have younger players complete in older age groups?
Academy teams are encouraged to place players at their appropriate ability level. For example, the U-18/19 team should include a balanced mixture of 18-year-olds, 17-year-olds and a few exceptional 16-year-olds.

Are there any rules specific to rosters?
Academy clubs are required to maintain a minimum of 36 full-time players on their club player pool. There is no limit on the number of players that can be rostered as long as each player starts a minimum of 25 percent of the club’s matches. U12 pool is 24-26 players.

Can Academy players participate with non-Academy teams during the season?
Full-time Academy players are only permitted to participate on their Academy team, and National Team duty.

Which teams participate in 10-month programming and do not allow high school participation?
The entire Academy program does not participate in high school programming. For a complete list of clubs and more information on the 10-month season, click  here..(insert link)

How does participating in the Academy affect players being seen by elite coaches?
Academy competitions provide ideal opportunities for coaches to scout players in their natural environment. Over half of all Academy matches are observed by a member of the National Team scouting network.

Selection & offer process for EBU-Bay Oaks US Soccer Federation Academy teams:

All EBU-Bay Oaks U12, U13 and U14 Academy offers either F.T. or D.P. will be sent after current EBU-Bay Oaks U14 squad returns from US Soccer Federation National Showcase.

We are targeting late June as release date for all EBU-Bay Oaks US Soccer Federation Academy offers. In 2017, the offer for U12 will be 06/07 players, U13 will be for 05/06 players, and U14 will be primarily for 04 players.


What is the timeline for the US Soccer Development Academy U12, U13, and U14 season?
The US Development Academy schedule will run from September through July (10 months)

When are EBU Bay Oaks tryouts or placement for the US Soccer Development Academy U12, U13, and U14 Team?
EBU Bay Oaks placement/tryout dates are not yet set. When they are set we will announce it to our membership and on our website.

Which clubs will our EBU Bay Oaks US Development Academy U13/U14 team play against in the 2014-2015 US Development U13/U14 season?

Our EBU Bay Oaks US Development Academy teams will play in the West Conference against other Northwest Division U13/U14 clubs. To see the current teams in the West Conference please visit the US Soccer Development Academy Website

What are the Player Development & Player Identification Advantages in the US Development Academy?

Player Development Advantages:

  • More Training
    • 3 mandatory (minimum) training sessions per week
  • Fewer Total Games
    • Approximate 30 game season
    • No outside participation for full-time Academy players
    • 25% Minimum Start Requirement
  • More Meaningful Games
    • Compete against top youth clubs in the country
    • FIFA Rules (i.e. no re-entry on substitutions, January 1 birthday cut-off, players participate on older teams if appropriate)
  • Top Instruction
    • Players receive integrated oversight from Academy club coaches and U.S. Soccer coaches in their local environment.
  • Connection to U.S. Soccer Resources
    • Select teams compete against U.S. Youth National Teams
    • Regular Game and Training Evaluations by National Team staff
    • Referees assigned by U.S. Soccer
    • SPARQ Testing and Training
    • Gatorade Hydration Testing and Education
    • ProZone and Interplay Analysis

Player Identification Advantages

  • Direct connection to U.S. Soccer National Team Scouting Network (NTSN)
  • National Team coaches evaluated over 80% of all Academy games in the 2010-11 season
  • Showcases are premier scouting venues:
    • 400-500 college coaches
    • 25 Professional Scouts
    • National Team Staff observe every game
  • Online player profile for all Academy players
  • Showcase games footage can be purchased
  • Over 250 players from Academy clubs were called into an YNT camp or trip since fall 2007 from 59 different Academy clubs