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McLean Youth Soccer - Development Academy Tryouts

MYS is excited to announce Development Academy tryouts for all boys born in 2006 and 2007.

Full schedule can be found here - http://www.mcleansoccer.org/tryout_schedule

Tryouts are scheduled for 5:00 - 6:30 pm at Spring Hill Rec # 2 on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, May 2
  • Wednesday, May 3
  • Thursday, May 4

If you registered for the ID sessions, this registration will serve as your tryout registration so you do not need to register again.

If you are not registered, please visit the Tryout Registration page and select DA Tryouts on the right.

If you are unsure, please visit mcleansoccer.org and click on MEMBER LOGIN at the top of the page to review your account.

If you have any questions, please email academy@mcleansoccer.org

 
McLean Youth Soccer Partners with D.C. United Academy
D.C. United and McLean Youth Soccer have reached an agreement to partner on youth soccer initiatives focused on player identification and development. McLean Youth Soccer and D.C. United are members of US Soccer's Development Academy, with McLean fielding two Under-12 teams in the 2016-2017 season.
McLean becomes the third Development Academy club in Northern Virginia to align with D.C. United to provide a defined pathway for top players to remain within the Development Academy while creating a direct connection to the MLS Academy. When players move on from the Under-12 age group, top players within McLean soccer will now have an opportunity to transition directly to D.C. United and/or Arlington Soccer to compete in the Under-13 and Under-14 age group the following season.

"McLean Youth Soccer is excited to partner with D.C. United. Providing our elite players with opportunities for appropriate pathways is a fundamental aspect of our club,' said McLean Youth Soccer's Director of Soccer, Keith Tabatznik. "Partnering with D.C. United and supporting our local professional team makes perfect sense. We look forward to working with the staff at D.C. United to help develop our most talented players."
In addition, McLean's top U-12 players will have the opportunity to participate in elite training sessions, MLS competitions, and international competitions with D.C. United, while representing McLean Youth Soccer in the Development Academy. In an effort to place the area's top players on a pathway to professional soccer and encourage development, the clubs will work together to identify and select players through D.C. United's Development Academy Talent Centers throughout the spring and summer.
"We are pleased and excited to work with McLean Youth Soccer to offer top players within the club a defined progression to continue their development within the Development Academy and progress into D.C. United's Academy." said Nolan Sheldon, D.C. United's Academy Director. "We are already working closely with McLean Youth Soccer's club leadership and coaches to identify opportunities to add development opportunities for the club's top players"
McLean will host a series of D.C. United Development Academy Talent Centers in the spring of 2017, which will act as the primary identification opportunity for aspiring youth players for the 2017/2018 Academy season.
 
McLean U-12 Development Academy Staff

The McLean U-12 U.S. Soccer Development Academy has one of the top coaching staffs in the region!

  • Jeff Carroll - Coach Carroll is an "A" licensed coach, former D.C. United professional player, and has Development Academy experience having coached the D.C. United Academy team
  • Bruce Murray - Coach Murray is an "A" licensed coach, Herman Trophy winner, and former member of the U.S. Men's National Team. Coach Murray also has experience working with the U.S. Soccer Development Academy program having coached the CASL Academy to the 2008 U.S. Development Academy Finals.

 
U.S. Soccer Development Academy - U12 Program

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 for male players in the U-15 to U-18 age groups. In 2013, the Academy expanded to include the U-13/14 age group, which has continued to improve development by setting standards and improving the everyday environment for players and clubs. To date, the Academy has been the leader in developing players in the U.S. with the thousands of alumni moving on to play college soccer, 116 Academy graduates currently rostered in the MLS and 14 Academy players earning USMNT caps.

In its continual effort to improve player development, the U.S. Soccer Development Academy program will be expanding to the Under-12 age group starting in the Fall of 2016.

The expansion to U-12 will incorporate the same Academy philosophy as the older age groups, providing this critical younger age with an improved environment to enhance player and coach development. The players will train more often, while also playing fewer - but more meaningful - games every week, which will provide the American player with the opportunity to learn and develop to reach their full potential.

"We are very excited to expand and introduce the Academy structure and philosophy to the U-12 age group when players are in their peak learning years," said U.S. Soccer Youth Technical Director Tab Ramos. "That age represents a critical stage in a player's growth, and this move represents another important step in our expanded efforts to improve elite player development."

The Development Academy has posted a narrated video presentation about the overall plan for the U-12 age group.

"This will improve the overall environment at an earlier development stage and help clubs create a more consistent, step-by-step pathway for players to learn," added U.S. Soccer Director of Scouting Tony Lepore.

In addition, U.S. Soccer and the Academy will focus on improving the coaching environment through enhanced educational opportunities, license requirements and support from U.S. Soccer Technical Staff. In an effort to continue to increase the quality of coaching for younger players, Academy coaches will move away from a results-driven philosophy, apply consistent standards for training and games, and unify player development initiatives and standards across the county.

For more information about the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Program, please visit ussoccerda.com

 
McLean U-12 Development Academy Program Information

On March 14, 2016, the McLean U-12 Development Academy staff provided an opportunity for families to learn about the details and plans for the program.

Please click on the icon below for a copy of the presentation.

If you have further questions about the presentation or the program, please email academy@mcleansoccer.org

McLean U-12 Development Academy Program Information

 
McLean Youth Soccer U-12 Development Academy Program

McLean Youth Soccer is honored to be selected as a member of the U.S. Soccer U-12 Development Academy program. The U-12 Development Academy program will serve as an opportunity for the technical staff to develop elite male players born in 2004 and 2005.

The McLean U-12 Development Academy program will be coached by Jeff Carroll and Bruce Murray. Both coaches have extensive experience working with elite players. Coach Carroll is an A License coach and former professional DC United player. In addition to years of experience working with ODP, Coach Carroll has U.S. Soccer Development Academy experience as the U14 DC United Academy head coach. Coach Murray has had a prolific professional career, and holds his A license. He also has experience working with the U.S. Soccer Development Academy having lead CASL to the 2008 Finals.

Questions? Please email academy@mcleansoccer.org

 
McLean U-12 U.S. Soccer Development Academy - Frequently Asked Questions

ABOUT THE U.S. SOCCER U-12 DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY

What is the Development Academy?

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's programming philosophy is based on increased training, less total games, and more competitive games.

What is the timeline for the U.S. Soccer Development Academy U-12 season?
The U.S. Development Academy schedule will run from Sept 2016 through June 2017 (10 months).

When are MYS tryouts for the U.S. Soccer Development Academy U-12 Team?
MYS tryout dates are not yet scheduled. When they are set we will announce it to the membership and on the MYS website.

What are the MYS fees for participation?

The final registration fees for the 2016-2017 seasonal year have not yet been finalized as we are collecting information from U.S. Soccer regarding fees associated with travel, player cards, etc. Information on fee structure will be posted on the MYS website.

Is Financial Aid available for players?

McLean Youth Soccer has an extensive financial aid program to assist players with need. Financial aid information and applications can be found at http://www.mcleansoccer.org/financial_aid.

Why does the birth year differ from the U.S. Youth Soccer mandate for 2016-17?

For the 2016-2017 seasonal year, the U-12 Development Academy (a program of U.S. Soccer not U.S. Youth Soccer) is available to players born in 2004 and younger. In the 2017-2018 seasonal year, the U.S. Soccer Development Academy will implement the birth year shift, and the U-12 Development Academy for that season will be offered to players born in 2006 and younger.

How many players will be selected for the U-12 U.S. Soccer Development Academy?

Two teams will be formed with a pool of approximately 24-26 players.

COMPETITION FAQS

Which clubs will the MYS Development Academy U-12 team play against in the 2016-2017 season?

  • Arlington Soccer Club (Arlington, VA)
  • Baltimore Armour (Ellicott City, MD)
  • Bethesda-Olney (Bethesda, MD)
  • DC United (Washington, DC)
  • Loudoun Soccer Club (Leesburg, VA)
  • McLean Youth Soccer (McLean, VA)
  • Prince William Soccer Club (Woodbridge, VA)
  • Richmond United (Richmond, VA)

What are the Player Development & Player Identification Advantages in the U.S. Development Academy?

Player Development Advantages:

  • More Training
    • 3 mandatory training sessions per week
  • Fewer Total Games
    • 1 game per weekend during competitive periods (24-30 weeks)
    • No participation in other soccer competitions
    • Rest: minimum 2 off days per week
  • More Meaningful Games
    • Compete against top youth clubs in the region
    • 9v9 format enhancing development of attacking elements and basic defensive concepts
    • No standings or post-season to de-emphasize results
    • Encourage individual performance
    • Reduce costs
  • Playing Time
    • Longer periods of playing time and less frequent interruptions to benefit player development
    • Target substitutions mid-half at 15 and 45 minutes
    • 50% minimum game time per week per player
  • Top Instruction
    • Players receive integrated oversight from Academy club coaches and U.S. Soccer coaches in their local environment.
  • Winter Futsal Period with One (1) Event
  • Connection to U.S. Soccer Resources
  • Regular Game and Training Evaluations by National Team staff
  • Referees assigned by U.S. Soccer

Who coaches the U-12 U.S. Soccer Development Academy team?

  • Jeff Carroll - Coach Carroll is an "A" licensed coach, former D.C. United professional player, and has Development Academy experience having coached the D.C. United Academy team
  • Bruce Murray - Coach Murray is an "A" licensed coach, Herman Trophy winner, and former member of the U.S. Men's National Team. Coach Murray also has experience working with the U.S. Soccer Development Academy program having coached the CASL Academy to the 2008 U.S. Development Academy Finals.

PARTICIPATION

Can Academy clubs have younger players compete in older age groups?

Yes. Academy teams are encouraged to place players at their appropriate ability level.

Can Academy players participate with non-Academy teams during the season?

Full-time Academy players are only permitted to participate on their Academy team.

The Development Academy has posted a narrated video presentation about the plan for the U-12 age group

Further Questions?

Email: Academy@mcleansoccer.org