U.S. Soccer Development Academy

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U.S. Soccer Development Academy
US Soccer Development Academy Logo.gif
Country United States
Other club(s) from Canada
Confederation USSF
Founded 2007
Conferences 3
Number of teams 79
Promotion to None
Relegation to None
Current champions

New York Red Bulls Academy (U17/18)

Real Salt Lake AZ (U15/16)
Website USSDA website

The United States Soccer Development Academy (USSDA) is an American soccer league, considered the top tier of youth soccer in the United States. Formed in 2007, the league features youth academies and youth clubs from various organizations, including Major League Soccer, the North American Soccer League and the United Soccer Leagues. It succeeded the Super Y-League as the premier youth soccer league in the U.S.

As of the 2013-14 season, the league features three age divisions, U-13/14, U-15/16 and U-17/18. The league operates on a 10-month winter-based schedule, with the season generally beginning in September and ending in June or July.


The U.S. Soccer Development Academy was founded in 2007, after a comprehensive review of elite player development conducted by the USSF, to serve as the top tier for youth soccer in the United States and provide an elite everyday environment for player development. The organization was created as a partnership between U.S. Soccer and top level clubs across the country, emphasizing increased training with more competitive games versus more games in general, with the ultimate goal of producing top level players for the US men's national team.[1]

In addition, the league serves to connect national team coaches at all age levels directly with elite youth players, while also serving as a venue for advanced coaching and referee development.[2]

The league is unique from other professional soccer leagues domestically, as it runs on a winter-based schedule. The season generally begins in September and ends in June or July. There's usually a hiatus in January and February while players have the summer off. Most of the clubs are associated with professional teams, either in North America through MLS, the NASL or USL Pro, or with European clubs. The professional teams cover most, if not all of the fees, while the academies offer a pipeline of talent to the professional club.

The league also welcomed two Canadian teams, the respective academy sides for the professional clubs of the Vancouver Whitecaps FC and the Montreal Impact of MLS. The only MLS club whose youth teams do not participate in the league is Toronto FC.


USSDA Champions
Season U17/18 U15/16
2007-2008 Baltimore Bays Chelsea Carmel United SC
2008-2009 Carmel United SC Derby County Wolves
2009-2010 Vardar SC Freiburg Chicago Fire Academy
2010-2011 Pateadores Academy Los Angeles Galaxy Academy
2011-2012 FC Dallas Development Academy New York Red Bulls Academy
2012-2013 New York Red Bulls Academy Real Salt Lake Academy Arizona
2013-2014 Players Development Academy Los Angeles Galaxy Academy
Original USSDA logo

2013-14 Clubs[edit]

West Conference[edit]

Northwest Division[edit]

Academy City State Professional Affiliate
Cal Odyssey Clovis  California Fresno Fuego
Crossfire Premier Redmond  Washington Internazionale
De Anza Force Saratoga  California
Portland Timbers Portland  Oregon Portland Timbers
San Jose Earthquakes San Jose  California San Jose Earthquakes
San Juan Soccer Club Sacramento  California
Santa Cruz Breakers Academy Santa Cruz  California
Seattle Sounders FC Seattle  Washington Seattle Sounders
Vancouver Whitecaps FC Vancouver  British Columbia Vancouver Whitecaps

Southwest Division[edit]

Academy City State Professional Affiliate
Arsenal FC Temecula  California
Chivas USA Carson  California C.D. Chivas USA
Los Angeles Galaxy Carson  California Los Angeles Galaxy
Nomads SC San Diego  California
Pateadores Rancho Santa Margarita  California
Real Salt Lake AZ Casa Grande  Arizona Real Salt Lake
Real So Cal Woodland Hills  California
San Diego Surf San Diego  California
Strikers FC Irvine  California

Central Conference[edit]

Frontier Division[edit]

Academy City State Professional Affiliate
Andromeda FC Plano  Texas Tottenham Hotspur
Colorado Rapids Commerce City  Colorado Colorado Rapids
Colorado Rush Littleton  Colorado
Dallas Texans Dallas  Texas Manchester United
FC Dallas Frisco  Texas FC Dallas
Houston Dynamo Houston  Texas Houston Dynamo
Lonestar SC Academy Austin  Texas
Real Colorado Highlands Ranch  Colorado Real Colorado Foxes
San Antonio Scorpions San Antonio  Texas San Antonio Scorpions
Solar Chelsea SC Dallas  Texas Chelsea F.C.
Sporting Kansas City Kansas City  Kansas Sporting Kansas City
Texans SC Houston Spring  Texas
Texas Rush Houston  Texas

Mid-America Division[edit]

Academy City State Professional Affiliate
Chicago Fire Bridgeview  Illinois Chicago Fire
Chicago Magic PSG Frankfort  Illinois Paris Saint-Germain
Crew Soccer Academy Columbus  Ohio Columbus Crew
Crew Soccer Academy Wolves Livonia  Michigan Columbus Crew
FC Wisconsin Nationals Milwaukee  Wisconsin
Indiana Fire Academy Carmel  Indiana Chicago Fire
Internationals Cleveland  Ohio
Minnesota Thunder Academy Minneapolis  Minnesota
Shattuck-Saint Mary's Faribault  Minnesota
St. Louis Scott Gallagher Metro Collinsville  Illinois
St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri St. Louis  Missouri
Sockers FC Palatine  Illinois
Vardar Detroit  Michigan

East Conference[edit]

Southeast Division[edit]

Academy City State Professional Affiliate
Carolina Rapids SC Huntersville  North Carolina Colorado Rapids
Capital Area RailHawks Academy - CASL Raleigh  North Carolina
Chargers Soccer Club Clearwater  Florida
Charlotte Soccer Academy Charlotte  North Carolina
Concorde Fire Atlanta  Georgia
Georgia United Marietta  Georgia
IMG Academy Bradenton  Florida
Kendall SC Miami  Florida
North Carolina Fusion Greensboro  North Carolina Carolina Dynamo
Orlando City SC Orlando  Florida
South Carolina United Battery Academy Charleston  South Carolina Charleston Battery
Weston FC Weston  Florida

Atlantic Division[edit]

Academy City State Professional Affiliate
Baltimore Bays Chelsea Baltimore  Maryland Chelsea F.C.
Bethesda-Olney Bethesda  Maryland
Continental FC DELCO West Chester  Pennsylvania
D.C. United Washington  District of Columbia D.C. United
Match Fit Academy FC Princeton  New Jersey
NJSA 04 Aberdeen  New Jersey
PA Classics Manheim  Pennsylvania
Philadelphia Union Chester  Pennsylvania Philadelphia Union
Players Development Academy Somerset  New Jersey Celtic F.C.
Richmond Kickers Richmond  Virginia Richmond Kickers
Richmond Strikers Richmond  Virginia Arsenal F.C.
Virginia Rush Virginia Beach  Virginia

Northeast Division[edit]

Academy City State Professional Affiliate
Albertson SC Hempstead  New York
BSC CT Academy Norwalk  Connecticut
BW Gottschee Academy Queens  New York New York City FC
FC Bolts Celtic Boston  Massachusetts Celtic F.C.
FC Westchester New Rochelle  New York Everton F.C.
Montreal Impact Montreal  Quebec Montreal Impact
New England Revolution Foxborough  Massachusetts New England Revolution
New York Red Bulls Harrison  New Jersey New York Red Bulls
Oakwood Soccer Club Hartford  Connecticut
Revolution Empire Rochester  New York New England Revolution
Seacoast United Hampton  New Hampshire

2012-13 Finals[edit]


Group 1

Academy State Record
New York Red Bulls Academy New Jersey 2-0-1
Albertson SC New York 1-0-2
Vancouver Whitecaps Academy British Columbia 1-1-1
Seattle Sounders Academy Washington 0-3-0

Group 2

Academy State Record
Shattuck-Saint Mary's Minnesota 2-0-1
De Anza Premier California 2-0-1
St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri Missouri 1-2-0
New England Revolution Academy Massachusetts 0-3-0

7th Place Game

5th Place Game

3rd Place Game



Group 1

Academy State Record
Real Salt Lake AZ Arizona 2-1-0
Albertson SC New York 2-1-0
Houston Dynamo Academy Texas 1-1-1
Texans SC Houston Texas 0-2-1

Group 2

Academy State Record
Solar Chelsea FC Missouri 2-0-1
Colorado Rapids Academy Michigan 1-0-2
De Anza Premier California 1-1-1
Crew Soccer Academy Wolves Michigan 0-3-0

7th Place Game

5th Place Game

3rd Place Game



  1. ^ "U.S. Soccer Development Academy". www.underconsideration.com. December 17, 2012. Retrieved July 23, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Academy Overview". USSoccer.com. Retrieved July 23, 2013. 

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