The U.S. Soccer Development Academy is a program that provides education, resources and support to impact everyday club environments that will develop world-class players.
Following a comprehensive review of elite player development in the United States and around the world, U.S. Soccer created the Development Academy in 2007 to provide education, resources and support to impact everyday club environments that will develop world-class players.
The Academy is a partnership between U.S. Soccer and the top youth clubs around the country to provide the best youth players in the U.S. with an everyday environment designed to produce the next generation of world-class National Team players. The Academy’s programming philosophy is based on increased training, less total games and more competitive games.
The Academy also connects National Team coaches directly with the Academy clubs to develop and identify players and coaches for future Youth National Teams. Each Academy team is evaluated by a member of the Men’s Scouting Network at least 10 times each year and each Academy club receives two (2) formal evaluations that provide feedback in 100 categories each year from U.S. Soccer Technical Staff.
To maintain a focus on training, Academy teams do not play in any other leagues, tournaments, State Cup competitions, ODP or All-Star events without written permission from U.S. Soccer Development Academy staff. Full-time Academy players can only participate on their designated Academy team, with only one exception: National Team duty. Development Academy players for all teams must choose to participate in the Academy full-time and forgo playing for his high school team.
Currently, there are 88 U-13/14 clubs with 77 U-15/16 and U-17/18 clubs participate in the program.
Weston FC was honored with the designation as a US Soccer Development Academy and has been a member in good standing since 2009.
Several of Weston FC players have been called for National Team Duty or have graduated from the program to play collegiate or professional soccer.
Weston FC is currently ranked as one of the top Academy teams in the nation. Its Technical Director, Victor Pastora, was named South 2011 Conference Coach of the Year by the US Soccer Development Academy, in the 2013 – 2014 season, and as head coach, he led our U16 Weston FC academy team to the South east division academy league championship.