Development Academy (DA)

What is the 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 provide education, resources and support to impact everyday club environments that will develop world-class players. The Academy Program’s philosophy is based on increased training, less total games, and more meaningful games using international rules of competition.

The U.S. Soccer Development Academy expansion in 2016-2017 will now offer U12, U13 and U14 teams. Within the U12 age group there will be two teams that play 9v9, one team at U13 and one at U14 that play 11v11. Pride will form teams in each respective age group. Pride Development Academy teams will be formed through a variety of evaluation methods. Players can be selected at Identification sessions (mid May) or Academy training (mid July).

For the 2017-2018 Development Academy season players are eligible to compete in the following divisions:

  • U12 – born in 2005 or younger
  • U13 – born in 2004 or younger
  • U14 – born in 2003 or younger

Pride is dedicated to developing better people and better players, and as members of the Development Academy we will continue to provide the highest level of training and competition for our elite players. We are invested in our players at every level by offering programs for novice players, and with our acceptance into the Development Academy, we now have the ultimate step for our young players to aspire to reach on their soccer pathway.

For more information on the Pride Development Academy, check out the Pride DA FAQ

Competitive Soccer Season

The DA program is a 10 month program.

DA Program Fees– Detailed fee disclosure forms are available at the Pride office for all levels of competitive teams, including the DA as well as prior to tryouts. Pride Soccer Club has always offered some of the most affordable competitive fees in the state. Tournament fees, field rental expenses, and travel expenses are additional fees collected at team levels.

DA Uniforms– Pride Soccer Club is proud to be sponsored by Adidas. Complete kits consist of two pairs of socks, two pairs of shorts, and two jerseys. Warm-ups, bags and additional gear may be purchased.

Questions?

Senior Boys Director of Coaching/U11-14 Boys & DA: Brian Contreras
bcontreras@pridesoccer.com
719 597-6700 x203