Arlington, VA, February 20, 2019:
US Soccer has recognized the achievements of Arlington Soccer and awarded the Club an expansion of its Girls’ Development Academy to a complete lineup of 6 age groups. In the fall of 2019, the club will add three age groups (U-16, U-17 and U-18/19) to its current U-13, U-14, and...
Arlington Soccer Association has in this Development Academy a great responsibility and commitment towards a holistic approach regarding the development of our players. We prioritize education and learning as starting points for the soccer development of each one of our players as we provide a professional and high level trainng environment where our players can flourish.
The player is the key component of our Development Academy. It is very important to focus on the Integral Education of each one of our players. We cannot have good players if we do not have good persons first. We want our young players to develop in all areas of life as they grow and become high level soccer players.
We will form players to play in college, professionally and with the National Team under our motto:
Be a good Citizen, a good Student, and the best soccer player you can be.
Our Development Academy teams will compete in the US Soccer Development Academy league. Started in 2007, the Development Academy is the highest level a youth player can attain in the United States and is managed directly by the United States Soccer Federation.
The Development Academy has only 197 total clubs that meet the necessary requirements to be a part of the league. It is comprised of teams across six age groups in the boys program: U-12, U-13, U-14, U-15, U-16/17 and U-18/19, and five age groups in the girls program: U-13, U-14, U-15, U-16/17 and U-18/19. These clubs are all located within geographically-based divisions across gender and age group levels. Each team plays home and away games against the other teams in their division, plus games against non-division opponents from across the country in specific Showcases. The games are scouted directly by US Soccer Technical Staff.