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SAFC Pro Academy Expansion to U-15 Age Group Accepted by US Soccer

By San Antonio FC Communications, 03/09/18, 12:00PM CST

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SAFC Pro Academy Now Includes Four Age Groups along with ETP Program

As part of its ongoing effort to impact everyday environments to develop world-class players, the U.S. Soccer Development Academy has expanded its membership of 197 existing clubs for the 2018-2019 season, welcoming 16 new clubs that include 32 additional teams, as well as 37 additional teams from existing clubs. The SAFC Pro Academy's expansion U-15 team was accepted by U.S. Soccer today.

“We are delighted that US Soccer has shown San Antonio FC the continued support of our program for acceptance and expansion of our USSF Development Academy Program for the 2018/19 season," said SAFC Pro Academy Director Nick Evans.

"Adding another age group to our Pro Academy this year continues us on our path towards our goal of having a complete Pathway to the San Antonio FC USL Professional Team for all age groups and players from San Antonio and the Greater Area. With the addition of the U-15 Age Group next season our players will have the opportunity to participate in National Showcase events and an expanded Game Programming against quality competition in the Frontier Division.”

ACADEMY CLUBS ADDING AGE-GROUPS FOR 2018-19 SEASON

Club

Gender

Age Group(s)

Division

Albion SC

Boys

U-18/19

Southwest

Arlington Soccer Association

Boys

U-15

Atlantic

Ballistic United

Boys

U-16/17

Northwest

Cedar Stars Academy - Bergen

Boys

U-16/17

Atlantic

Chula Vista FC

Boys

U-13

Southwest

Cincinnati United Premier

Boys

U-15

Mid-America

Davis Legacy Soccer Club

Boys

U-12

Valley

Discoveries Soccer Club

Boys

U-13, U-14

South Atlantic

LA Galaxy San Diego

Boys

U-15

Southwest

Legends FC

Boys

U-13, U-14

Southwest

Los Angeles Football Club

Boys

U-15

Southwest

Los Angeles Premier Futbol Club

Boys

U-13

Southwest

Loudoun Soccer

Boys

U-15

Atlantic

Metropolitan Oval

Boys

U-15, U-16/17

Northeast

Minnesota United FC

Boys

U-15

Mid-America

Murrieta Surf Soccer Club

Boys

U-13

Southwest

Mustang SC

Boys

U-13, U-14

NorCal

New York Soccer Club

Boys

U-16/17

Northeast

San Antonio FC

Boys

U-15

Frontier

San Diego Soccer Club

Boys

U-13, U-14

Southwest

San Francisco Elite Academy

Boys

U-13

NorCal

San Francisco Glens Evolution

Boys

U-13

NorCal

Star Academy FC

Boys

U-13

NorCal

Total Futbol Academy

Boys

U-13, U-14

Southwest

United Futbol Academy

Boys

U-18/19

Southeast

Virginia Development Academy

Boys

U-18/19

Atlantic

 

New clubs and clubs receiving expansion into new age groups were selected for admission to the Development Academy's 12th season based on:

• Academy 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

Four new clubs are being introduced for the second year of Girls' programming, while 12 Academies will be welcomed for Boys' programming. These new clubs will account for 14 and 20 additional teams, respectively, while 26 existing clubs on the Boys' side have been granted additional teams in age groups where they previously did not field a team.

While the number of divisions remains the same for both gender programs, clubs from two new geographical regions are joining the Girls' Development Academy: Oklahoma Energy FC (Oklahoma City, Ok.) and Sporting Omaha (Omaha, Neb.). While a small number of clubs were added for the 2018-19 Girls' Development Academy Season, there was an encouragingly sizeable pool of applicants.

With the addition of Utah Royals FC, eight of nine NWSL clubs will be represented in the Academy. The addition of Toronto FC means that all 23 current MLS clubs are now part of the Development Academy.

In total, the Boys' Development Academy will see 12 new teams added to the U-12 age group, 14 to U-13, eight to U-14, 10 to U-15, six to U-16/17 and five additional new teams added to U-18/19. The 2018-19 Girls' Development Academy season will welcome a total of four new teams to U-14, four to U-15, three to U-16/17 and three to U-18/19.

"The Development Academy is focused on creating a clear pathway for players across the country. The expansion for the 2018-19 season creates opportunities in new markets that show potential, while building on existing markets that have successfully developed players," Development Academy Director Jared Micklos said. "This expansion is based on the quality of work that Clubs and coaches are doing in their environments every day, investing in the development of each individual player. We look forward to continuing to work collaboratively with existing and new Academy clubs as we continue our mission to develop world-class players."

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