Greater Boca Youth Soccer Association/Boca United

WHAT IS THE U.S. SOCCER DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY PROGRAM

Boca United is a member of U.S. Soccer's prestigious U.S. Soccer Development Academy program.

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 to improve the everyday environment for the elite youth player.

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 every day environment designed to produce the next generation of National Team players. The Academy’s programming philosophy is based on increased training, less total games and more competitive games.

The Academy also connects National Team coaches directly with the Academy clubs to develop and identify players and coaches for future Youth National Teams. Each Academy team is evaluated by a member of the Men’s Scouting Network at least 10 times each year and each Academy club receives two formal evaluations in over 100 categories each year from U.S. Soccer Technical Staff.

The Development Academy is also focused on identifying and developing the next generation of elite referees. U.S. Soccer assigns up-and-coming officials to participate in Academy games at the local level and at national events.


STRUCTURE

Objective: The Development Academy's primary focus is player development. Academy players are provided with the best opportunity to achieve their potential as elite soccer players.
Standards: Academy teams are required to train at least three days per week and rest one day per week during the Academy season. Academy teams will play approximately 30 games per year.
Member Clubs: 88 U-13/14 clubs and 79 U-15/16 and U-17/18 clubs will participate in the program in 2013-14.
Selection: All current clubs applied for membership. Any club is welcome to apply, but admission is very selective.
Teams: Academy clubs participating in the older age levels must field one team in each of the two Academy mixed-age groups at U-15/16 and U-17/18.
Age Groups: U-15/16: Players born on or after 1/1/1997
U-17/18: Players born on or after 1/1/1995
Players are encouraged to "play up" when appropriate.
Rosters: Each club must have a minimum roster of 36 full-time players. All players register directly with U.S. Soccer.
Format: In 2012-13, the Academy league containedseven geographically based divisions. Each team played home and away matches against the other teams in their division, plus games against non-division opponents from across the country during the 10-month season. The top 32 teams in each age group advanced to the Playoffs, where they competed for one of eight spots in the Academy Finals Week in Houston. In the 2013-14 season, there are seven divisions where each team will play a combination of a home and away schedule against each of the teams in its division. In the West Conferenc

To maintain a focus on training, Academy teams do not play in any other leagues, tournaments, State Cup competitions, ODP or All-Star events without written permission from Academy staff. Full-time Academy players can only participate on their designated Academy team, with only one exception: National Team duty. For the 2013-14 season, full-time Academy players for all teams must choose to participate in the Academy full-time and forgo playing for his high school team. 

For more information CLICK HERE.