The maps above highlight 2016-17 league opponents by region. U15, U17 & U19 league matches require travel spanning from Vancouver, Canada to San Diego, CA. The younger academies require substantially less travel with a concentration of Bay Area opponents. The exceptions will be USSDA showcases in SoCal, Indianapolis, and Futsal competitions.
The Development Academy Program is a full-time, 10-month program. The season begins in September and concludes with Championships in July. Clubs will break from league play for periods of inactivity due to weather and the end of the season.
Each Academy team plays between 25 and 30 league games per season, including 6-9 games played at Showcases. Teams that advance from the Academy Playoffs could expect to play up to three (3) additional games.
Academy clubs can expect 15-20 away matches in a given season, some of which will require overnight travel. Exact travel distances will vary between clubs depending on their geographic proximity to their conference opponents and Academy events.
Each team's calendar will vary depending on their conference and climate. The Development Academy will provide the framework for the league structure of the program (assigning match-ups on given weekends); however, it is the club's responsibility to secure and communicate game times and field locations with Academy staff.
Development Academy Events and Competitions
U-13 Age Group
The U-13 age group will attend several showcase events throughout the Academy season:
Fall Regional Showcases
Winter Futsal Showcases
*Please note there is no postseason play for the U-13 age group.
U-14 Age Group
The U-14 age group will attend several showcase events throughout the Academy season:
Fall Regional Showcases
Summer National Showcase
*Please note there is no postseason play for the U-14 age group.
U-15, U-17 and U-19 Age Groups
The U-15, U-17 & U-19 age groups will compete in both Playoffs and other postseason play. All teams will compete within their age group in the Academy Playoffs for one of eight spots in the Academy Championships. Teams that advance from the Academy Playoffs could expect to play up to three (3) additional games.
The U-15, U-17 & U-19 age groups will also compete in two (2) National Showcase events throughout the Academy season concluding with the Academy Championships in mid-July.
Summer Showcase and Playoffs
*U.S. Soccer will cover all travel expenses to Championships for Academy teams that qualify for the event