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US Soccer Development Academy

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Team Pages

To view the latest Virginia Rush Academy information, including schedules, standings, player rosters and contact information please visit the 13/14, 15/16, 17/18 Team Pages.  


Development Academy Home Page

To view the latest information on the Development Academy, please visit the Development Academy Home Page on www.ussoccer.com.  


Tryout Information

If you are interested in trying out for the 13/14, 15/16 or 17/18 Virginia Rush Development Academy Teams, please contact Jay Hoffman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 757-430-3500. 


Development Academy Description  

About the Program

Created in 2007, the development academy was established to primarily focus on youth player development in the United States. The league consisted of 64 elite youth soccer clubs from around the country in its inaugural season. Each team is comprised by geographic proximity, with two age groups (U-15/16 & U-17/18). These 64 teams were divided into eight conferences with each team playing approximately 30 home and away matches during an eight-month season.

Currently in its fifth season, the program has expanded to 78 clubs competing in ten geographically-based divisions. Although some attributes have changed during the past four seasons, the basic mission and principles remain intact: increased focus on training, meaningful competition and providing a direct connection to U.S. National Team programming.

Developing the Next Generation

U.S. Soccer’s Development Academy program is driven by the game and its players, coaches and referees. This game-centric approach allows for long-term development to occur through a deep understanding of what makes players successful around the world.  As the sport of soccer grows in the United States, young players in our country need the proper environment to compete against the world’s elite.  The U.S. Soccer Development Academy program provides the optimum developmental environment for the nation’s top youth soccer players, coaches and referees by emphasizing development through quality training and limited, meaningful competition.
 
Meaningful Training

Academy teams spend a greater amount of time focused on training to improve as individuals and as a team. The teams and players receive direct feedback and evaluations from National Team Staff in both training and game environments. In 2012, Academy teams will be exposed to mental testing using the EXACT Sports MAP system. Using a multitude of feedback systems, each athlete gains a greater understanding of how he compares against his peers and what he needs to do to achieve their optimal performance levels.
 
Competitive Environment

The Academy program features teams from the top youth clubs from around the country. Each Academy team plays approximately 30 regular season games to ensure all games are meaningful. Games are also played according to FIFA’s Laws of the Game and officiated by a pool of the nation’s top young referees in order to prepare players for the next level of competition. Members of our Men's National Team Scouting Network regularly attend Academy games, so players are evaluated over the course of the season and in their natural positions allowing for better player assessment.
 
Early Success

As the program enters its fifth year, it has already dramatically impacted the player development process in the United States. At the end of 2011, almost half of all players involved in the youth national team player pool since 2007 have come from within the Academy program and approximately 75% of each graduating class from the Academy participates in college soccer the following fall. Virtually all college programs use the Academy program as a scouting vehicle and the program has received increased attention from professional scouts representing domestic and international clubs.

Notable alumni from the program have flooded the domestic and international professional scene. Recent internationals include: Josh Gatt (Molde FC), Sean Cunningham (Derby County), Marc Pelosi and Villyan Bijev (Liverpool). Many domestic players are continuing their career in MLS, including Bill Hamid (DC United) and Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls). We have more to look forward to after a successful 2012 MLS Super Draft in which Andrew Wenger (PA Classics, Montreal Impact) was taken as the first drafted player, Kelyn Rowe went third (Crossfire Premier, New England Revolution) and Andrew Jean-Baptiste (Albertson SC) went eighth to the Portland Timbers.


10-Month Season Information

After receiving overwhelming support from the Development Academy membership, the Academy moved to a schedule in the fall of 2012 that runs from September through June (or July based on postseason play). This creates a format that is similar to those followed by the elite soccer playing nations around the world as the Development Academy and U.S. Soccer continue their goal of closing the performance gap with the top soccer nations.

Moving to a 10-month season allows players to train together three or four times per week and play meaningful games on the weekend nearly year-round. Fewer games and an extended season will allow for the addition of a substantial number of extra training sessions, which are the primary vehicle for player development.

The 10-month season allows for a greater opportunity to institute a style of play and implement a system according to U.S. Soccer's Curriculum as well as build team chemistry. It also gives teams increased opportunities for younger kids in their club to "play up" against older players in both training and matches, thereby accelerating their development.

Please find more information about the Academy 10-month season below.

Overview

Frequently Asked Questions

Quote Sheet


Development Academy Alumni: 2009-2011

Player

Hometown

Years

College

Class of 2013

Brian Anderson

Hampton, VA

2009-2013

Randolph College

Josh Butler

Virginia Beach, VA

2011-2013

Brown University

Robert Kirby

Hampton, VA

2009-2013

Mary Washington

Class of 2012

Collin Brent

Virginia Beach, VA

2009-2012

Northern Kentucky

Maurice Burnett

Virginia Beach, VA

2010-2012

Lipscomb

David Ellis

Virginia Beach, VA

2009-2012

George Mason

Thomas Whiteside

Virginia Beach, VA

2009-2012

Louisburg College

Andreas Chrysostomou

Hertford, NC

2009-2012

Louisburg College

Zachary Kaplan

Virginia Beach, VA

2009-2012

VMI

Cory Maier

Virginia Beach, VA

2010-2012

N. Mexico Military Institute

Class of 2011

 

 

 

Alex Feliciano

Virginia Beach, VA

2008-2011

Davidson

Garrett Halfhill

Virginia Beach, VA

2008-2011

Xavier

Karhlton Belmar

Virginia Beach, VA

2008-2011

VCU

Eric Swenson

Yorktown, VA

2008-2011

Princeton

Bryan Causey

Virginia Beach, VA

2009-2011

St. Francis

Shaun Russell

Norfolk, VA

2009-2011

St. Francis

Coulton Watson

Virginia Beach, VA

2009-2011

Randolph College

Sean Christein

Yorktown, VA

2008-2011

Old Dominion

Logan Ascersion

Virginia Beach, VA

2008-2011

Louisburg College

Ryan Curtis

Virginia Beach, VA

2008-2011

Virginia Wesleyan

Justin Kaiser

Yorktown, VA

2009-2011

York College

Class of 2010

 

 

 

Nathan Ott

Virginia Beach, VA

2008-2010 

Hampden-Sydney

Paul Dillon

Chesapeake, VA

2008-2010 

Marquette

Alex Vaughn

Virginia Beach, VA

2008-2010 

Old Dominion

Travis Brent

Virginia Beach, VA

2008-2010 

Marshall

William Cason

Virginia Beach, VA

2008-2010 

Villanova

Frank "Trey" Saunders

Virginia Beach, VA

2008-2010 

Virginia

Rohen Gresalfi

Virginia Beach, VA

2009-2010

Coastal Carolina

Richard Diaz

Chesapeake, VA

2008-2010 

Akron

Clay Newton

Virginia Beach, VA

2008-2010 

Methodist

Trevor Nichols

Virginia Beach, VA

2008-2010 

West Point - USMA

Santo Ripa

Virginia Beach, VA

2008-2010 

VMI

John Devaldes

Virginia Beach, VA

2008-2010

Radford

Phil Hovermale

Virginia Beach, VA

2008-2010

Radford

Class of 2009

 

 

 

Adam Klink

Chesapeake, VA

2008-2009

Rutgers

Ari Dimas

Chesapeake, VA

2008-2009

UVA

Morgan Kane

Grandy, NC

2008-2009

Campbell

Zaher Shihata

Virginia Beach, VA

2008-2009

VMI

Seth Buckmaster

Virginia Beach, VA

2008-2009

Liberty

Chris Whiteside

Virginia Beach, VA

2008-2009

Hampton Sydney

Rory Mills

Virginia Beach, VA

2009

Hampton Sydney

Hector Arellano

Virginia Beach, VA

2008-2009

Loyola Maryland

Alex Gylfason

Virginia Beach, VA

2008-2009

UNC Wilmington

Jordan Grumney

Virginia Beach, VA

2008-2009

Wright State

Kyle Anderson

Virginia Beach, VA

2008-2009

Virginia Wesleyan

Jordan Cyrus

Virginia Beach, VA

2008-2009

Maryland

Michael Scotland

Virginia Beach, VA

2008-2009

Virginia Wesleyan

Taylor Brittan

Virginia Beach, VA

2008-2009

College of Charleston


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Development Academy FAQ’s

Further questions about the Development Academy can be answered in this U.S. Soccer FAQ.


U.S. Soccer Press Releases

Development Academy Press Releases are distributed regularly. Click on the link below for lastest news.

U.S Soccer Press Releases


Visiting Team Information

Home Fields:

Hampton Roads Soccer Complex

Virginia Beach Sportsplex

Airport:

Norfolk International Airport (ORF)

Hotels:

To assist teams with travel, booking accomodations have been set up using Bookmygroup. To make team reservations contact Andrea Casperson via e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone at (888) 832-6745. Please inform Andrea you are traveling for USSDA and playing against Virginia Rush to receive discounted rates.


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