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U.S. Soccer Development Academy

U.S. Soccer Development Academy
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

2013-14 Clubs

West Conference

Northwest Division

Academy City State Professional Affiliate
Cal Odyssey Clovis 23x15px California Fresno Fuego
Crossfire Premier Redmond 23x15px Washington Internazionale
De Anza Force Saratoga 23x15px California
Portland Timbers Portland 23x15px Oregon Portland Timbers
San Jose Earthquakes San Jose 23x15px California San Jose Earthquakes
San Juan Soccer Club Sacramento 23x15px California
Santa Cruz Breakers Academy Santa Cruz 23x15px California
Seattle Sounders FC Seattle 23x15px Washington Seattle Sounders
Vancouver Whitecaps FC Vancouver 23x15px British Columbia Vancouver Whitecaps

Southwest Division

Academy City State Professional Affiliate
Arsenal FC Temecula 23x15px California
Chivas USA Carson 23x15px California C.D. Chivas USA
Los Angeles Galaxy Carson 23x15px California Los Angeles Galaxy
Nomads SC San Diego 23x15px California
Pateadores Rancho Santa Margarita 23x15px California
Real Salt Lake AZ Casa Grande 23x15px Arizona Real Salt Lake
Real So Cal Woodland Hills 23x15px California
San Diego Surf San Diego 23x15px California
Strikers FC Irvine 23x15px California

Central Conference

Frontier Division

Academy City State Professional Affiliate
Andromeda FC Plano 23x15px Texas Tottenham Hotspur
Colorado Rapids Commerce City 23x15px Colorado Colorado Rapids
Colorado Rush Littleton 23x15px Colorado
Dallas Texans Dallas 23x15px Texas Manchester United
FC Dallas Frisco 23x15px Texas FC Dallas
Houston Dynamo Houston 23x15px Texas Houston Dynamo
Lonestar SC Academy Austin 23x15px Texas
Real Colorado Highlands Ranch 23x15px Colorado Real Colorado Foxes
San Antonio Scorpions San Antonio 23x15px Texas San Antonio Scorpions
Solar Chelsea SC Dallas 23x15px Texas Chelsea F.C.
Sporting Kansas City Kansas City 23x15px Kansas Sporting Kansas City
Texans SC Houston Spring 23x15px Texas
Texas Rush Houston 23x15px Texas

Mid-America Division

Academy City State Professional Affiliate
Chicago Fire Bridgeview 23x15px Illinois Chicago Fire
Chicago Magic PSG Frankfort 23x15px Illinois Paris Saint-Germain
Crew Soccer Academy Columbus File:Flag of Ohio.svg Ohio Columbus Crew
Crew Soccer Academy Wolves Livonia 23x15px Michigan Columbus Crew
FC Wisconsin Nationals Milwaukee 23x15px Wisconsin
Indiana Fire Academy Carmel 23x15px Indiana Chicago Fire
Internationals Cleveland File:Flag of Ohio.svg Ohio
Minnesota Thunder Academy Minneapolis 23x15px Minnesota
Shattuck-Saint Mary's Faribault 23x15px Minnesota
St. Louis Scott Gallagher Metro Collinsville 23x15px Illinois
St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri St. Louis 23x15px Missouri
Sockers FC Palatine 23x15px Illinois
Vardar Detroit 23x15px Michigan

East Conference

Southeast Division

Academy City State Professional Affiliate
Carolina Rapids SC Huntersville 23x15px North Carolina Colorado Rapids
Capital Area RailHawks Academy - CASL Raleigh 23x15px North Carolina
Chargers Soccer Club Clearwater 23x15px Florida
Charlotte Soccer Academy Charlotte 23x15px North Carolina
Concorde Fire Atlanta 23x15px Georgia
Georgia United Marietta 23x15px Georgia
IMG Academy Bradenton 23x15px Florida
Kendall SC Miami 23x15px Florida
North Carolina Fusion Greensboro 23x15px North Carolina Carolina Dynamo
Orlando City SC Orlando 23x15px Florida
South Carolina United Battery Academy Charleston 23x15px South Carolina Charleston Battery
Weston FC Weston 23x15px Florida

Atlantic Division

Academy City State Professional Affiliate
Baltimore Bays Chelsea Baltimore 23x15px Maryland Chelsea F.C.
Bethesda-Olney Bethesda 23x15px Maryland
Continental FC DELCO West Chester 23x15px Pennsylvania
D.C. United Washington 23x15px District of Columbia D.C. United
Match Fit Academy FC Princeton 23x15px New Jersey
NJSA 04 Aberdeen 23x15px New Jersey
PA Classics Manheim 23x15px Pennsylvania
Philadelphia Union Chester 23x15px Pennsylvania Philadelphia Union
Players Development Academy Somerset 23x15px New Jersey Celtic F.C.
Richmond Kickers Richmond 23x15px Virginia Richmond Kickers
Richmond Strikers Richmond 23x15px Virginia Arsenal F.C.
Virginia Rush Virginia Beach 23x15px Virginia

Northeast Division

Academy City State Professional Affiliate
Albertson SC Hempstead 23x15px New York
BSC CT Academy Norwalk 20x17px Connecticut
BW Gottschee Academy Queens 23x15px New York New York City FC
FC Bolts Celtic Boston 23x15px Massachusetts Celtic F.C.
FC Westchester New Rochelle 23x15px New York Everton F.C.
Montreal Impact Montreal 23x15px Quebec Montreal Impact
New England Revolution Foxborough 23x15px Massachusetts New England Revolution
New York Red Bulls Harrison 23x15px New Jersey New York Red Bulls
Oakwood Soccer Club Hartford 20x17px Connecticut
Revolution Empire Rochester 23x15px New York New England Revolution
Seacoast United Hampton 23x15px New Hampshire

2012-13 Finals


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". December 17, 2012. Retrieved July 23, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Academy Overview". Retrieved July 23, 2013. 

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