SAC/HC’s US Soccer Developmental Academy Program is now called Baltimore Armour. Please visit the Baltimore Armour website for more information on the program/teams.
*below text taken directly from the US Soccer website. Link
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 improve the everyday environment for the elite youth player.
The Development 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 every day environment designed to produce the next generation of 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 ten times each year and each Academy club receives two formal evaluations in over 100 categories each year from U.S. Soccer Technical Staff.
The Development Academy is also focused on identifying and developing the next generation of elite referees. U.S. Soccer assigns up-and-coming officials to participate in Academy games at the local level and at national events.
U-17/18: Players born on or after 1/1/1994
Players are encouraged to ‘play up’ when appropriate.
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 Academy staff. Full-time Academy players can only participate on their designated Academy team, with only 1 exception: national team duty. For the 2012-13 season, full time Academy players for all teams must choose to participate in the Academy full time and forgo playing for his high school team.
PLAYER DEVELOPMENT ADVANTAGES
- More Training
- 3 mandatory training sessions per week
- Fewer Total Games
- Approximate 30 game season
- No outside participation for full-time Academy players
- 25% Minimum Start Requirement
- More Meaningful Games
- Compete against top youth clubs in the country
- FIFA Rules (i.e. no re-entry on substitutions, January 1 birthday cut-off, players participate on older teams if appropriate)
- Top Instruction
- Players receive integrated oversight from Academy Club Coaches and U.S. Soccer Technical Advisors in their local environment.
- Connection to U.S. Soccer Resources
- Select teams compete against U.S. Youth National Teams
- Regular Game and Training Evaluations by U.S. Soccer Men’s Scouting Network staff
- Referees assigned by U.S. Soccer
PLAYER IDENTIFICATION ADVANTAGES
- Direct connection to Men’s Scouting Network for identification of potential national team pool players
- The Scouting Network staff evaluated over 60% of all Academy games in the 2011-12 season
- Showcases are premier scouting venues:
- 400-500 college coaches
- 25 Professional Scouts
- National Team Staff observe every game
- Online player profile for all Academy players
- Showcase games footage can be purchased
- There have been over 2000 instances of players being called into Youth or Senior team events since the Fall of 2007 from 72 different Academy clubs