U.S. Soccer created the Development Academy (DA) in 2007 after a thorough review of elite player development around the world. The intention was to provide opportunities for the most elite players to develop to their full capacity, goals achieved through a philosophy based on increased training and fewer, but more meaningful, games using international rules of competition. In 2017, U.S. Soccer expanded the DA to include Girls’ programs.
Per U.S. Soccer:
The Academy Program focuses on positively impacting everyday club environments to assist in maximizing youth player development across the country. The Academy values individual development of elite players over winning trophies and titles. The Academy sets the standard for elite environments for youth soccer clubs nationwide and is a part of U.S. Soccer’s global leadership position in youth soccer that will impact thousands of players.
Clubs must be named DA Club through a very rigorous, extremely selective process. The application evaluation weighs many factors, including the Club’s player development effectiveness, infrastructure, philosophy, style of play, training environment, and personal development.
Through a long history of focusing on player development and quality training environments, BUSC has been selected by U.S. Soccer to field DA teams at U12, U13, U14, U15, and U17 age groups. These teams are very different from the other BUSC Competitive teams in that they serve more like regional all-star teams—meaning our DA coaches are looking for the most elite players in the region, not just in the immediate area.
Interested in BUSC’s Development Academy?
Tryouts for BUSC’s U.S. Soccer Development Academy (DA) are by invitation only and are reserved for the most elite players in the region. If you believe your player may be a good fit for BUSC’s DA, please complete the DA Interest Form to the right. Our coaching staff will review your information and get in touch with you if they want more information or to offer a tryout.