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US Soccer Development Academy (DA)



NOTE: “It is with profound disappointment that we have made the determination to end the operation of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, effective immediately. This was an incredibly difficult decision to make, but the extraordinary and unanticipated circumstances around the COVID-19 pandemic have resulted in a financial situation that does not allow for the continuation of the Development Academy program into the future.” (US Soccer, 15-Apr.-'20)

The US Soccer Development Academy (DA) was created in 2007 after a comprehensive review of elite player development in the United States and around the world. The goal of the DA is to provide soccer referees, players, and coaches the best possible opportunity to achieve their utmost potential as elite soccer performers.

The Academy program features teams from the nation’s top clubs competing for a national championship creating the most competitive youth environment in the United States. Games are played according to the IFAB Laws of the Game, and are officiated by a pool of the nation’s top up-and-coming referees in order to prepare both players and referees for the next level of competition.

The Development Academy Showcases, Playoffs, and Championships are the nation’s leading events in referee identification and training.

These events offer countless opportunities for referees to learn, practice and develop. Referees who have been selected to attend will have access to formal assessments, classroom sessions, and discussions with national referee coaches and professional referees.

The Academy program is the first step on the pathway to the professional level. Referees who excel in the DA may be honored as Referee of the Week, invited to other Academy events, or selected for future assignments in increasingly challenging leagues and environments.

Resources needed by referees who will be officiating at the Development Academy are located in Box in a DA folder. The information there includes:

• 2019-20 Referee Manual

• Game Report Instructions

• Head Injury Substitution Policy

• Game Officials GOPay Instructions

• DA Certification Quiz Instructions


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