Arlington Soccer Association Expands its US Soccer Boys Development Academy Program to Include the U-16/U17 Age Group

Arlington, VA, March 10, 2020: US Soccer continues its recognition of Arlington Soccer Association and has awarded the Club an expansion of its Boys DA Program to include the U-16/U17 age group. 

 “We are delighted to build our relationship with US Soccer,” said German Peri, Director of Coaching.  “We are among the select clubs in the country to have both Boys and Girls Development Academy programs. This expansion for our Boys program is a validation of the hard work and success of our players and coaches. We are proud that US Soccer has recognized the breadth and depth of our Club.” 

The Boys program has participated in the Development Academy since 2016. For the fall of 2020, Arlington Soccer will field teams in U-13, U-14, U-15, and U-16/U17 in the Atlantic Division. In addition, the Arlington Soccer Boys program will field the U-12 and U-16 Pre-Academy teams to compete in EDP against other DA Clubs. Arlington Soccer Academy teams (DA and Pre-DA) are integrated into the same training methodology and structure. 

“We are excited to officially expand into the U-16/U17 age group of the Boys Development Academy,” commented Oscar Feliu, Arlington Soccer’s Boys DA Director. “It is evidence of the quality of Arlington Soccer and the confidence that the US Soccer has in our Club.  Our goal is to provide players with the best developmental experience in the region and this is a big step towards that objective.” 

For more information about the Arlington Soccer Boys DA Program, please visit http://arlingtonsoccer.com/programs/development-academy/arlington-soccer-da-boys-program.

About Arlington Soccer Association: Founded in 1970, the Arlington Soccer Association provides quality soccer programs and experiences for people of all abilities, backgrounds and financial means to encourage personal growth, promote a love for the game, and advance soccer in Arlington and surrounding communities. Arlington Soccer offers recreational, developmental and travel soccer, as well as a number of camps and clinics to more than 9,000 children per year. Arlington Soccer is dedicated to providing participants with the opportunity to learn, have fun, and reach their full potential.

About US Soccer Development Academy: 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. The Academy Program's philosophy is based on increased training, less total games, and more meaningful games using international rules of competition. 

The Academy Program focuses on positively impacting everyday club environments to assist in maximizing youth player development across the country. The Academy values individual development of elite players over winning trophies and titles. The Academy sets the standard for elite environments for youth soccer clubs nationwide and is a part of U.S. Soccer's global leadership position in youth soccer that will impact thousands of players.

(posted 3/10/20)