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Feb, 2017

Second Largest Development Academy Expansion Welcomes 17 New Clubs for 2017-2018 Season

CHICAGO (Feb. 3, 2017) - As part of its ongoing effort to develop world-class players, coaches, and referees, the U.S. Soccer Development Academy has announced its second largest expansion of total teams to the player development pathway structure since the Academy started in 2007.

 

New clubs were selected for admission to the Development Academy's eleventh season based on club leadership and quality of coaching staff, desire to embrace Development Academy philosophy and core values, infrastructure and investment of resources, player production history, player pool depth and geographic location.

 

The expansion includes 17 new, unique clubs accepted into the Academy, 108 existing clubs receiving promotions into additional age groups and two new geographical regions - the Portland and Seattle markets - being introduced at the U-13 and U-14 age groups. In conjunction with the recent U-15 single age group announcement for the 2017-2018 Development Academy season, 15 new teams will be added to the U-11/12 age group, 27 new teams will be added to U-13, 34 teams added to U-14, 82 teams added at the new U-15 age group, five additional teams to U-16/17 (formerly U-15/16) and two new teams will be added to U-18/19 (formerly U-17/18). Along with the 17 new Academy clubs introduced there will be a total of 165 additional teams, 2 new divisions and one newly introduced age group added for the 2017-2018 Academy season.

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