The FC Dallas Player Development system consists of five levels, with each level crossing over with the one below and / or above. The goal of the program is to ensure that each step is connected, giving players an opportunity to develop and advance throughout the system:
- The FC Dallas professional team, both First team and Reserves
- FCD Academy and Pre Academy (boys U-13-U-18) and ECNL (girls U-14-U-18)
- FCD Premier and ECNL (16 Elite Development teams, ages U-11-U-19)
- FCD Select (ages 10-19)
- FCD Juniors (ages 7-10)
Player Development Model
FC Dallas is striving to become the best soccer club in the country by changing the current local youth soccer culture for our players. Our club is player-centric and not team-centric or coach-centric. We are able to focus our attention on player development and put less emphasis on team success by connecting our teams together with this common curriculum and encouraging player movement and training opportunities within the club. We also continue to provide better opportunities for soccer development by stressing individual creativity and free play over regimented team structure and team results. By following the The FCD Way©, our model for successful player development, we will build our player’s self-esteem and creative abilities and accelerate the learning process.
College placement for our players will remain a priority and we will place a large number of them into college programs by developing technically sound players, educating them on the college recruitment process via our college preparation program, and networking with our existing college contacts. Increasing numbers also have opportunities to interact with the FC Dallas first team. Our goal is and will continue to be to put our youth players into MLS and top tier college programs. At FC Dallas, we aim to develop a strong, supportive, and growing fan base for our brand and for all members of the FC Dallas family.
FC Dallas - Professional Level
The Professional team was founded in 1996 and is owned by Hunt Sports Group. Originally named the Dallas Burn it played its games in the Cotton Bowl. In 2005 the club rebranded and changed its name to FC Dallas. It plays all its home games at the FC Dallas Stadium, a 20,000 seat soccer specific stadium located in Frisco. In 2006 FC Dallas formed exclusive partnerships with Mexican First Division team Tigres UANL as well as Brazil First Division team Clube Atletico Paranaense (CAP).
FC Dallas Development Academy
The FC Dallas Development Academy program consists of two elite youth teams that play in the U-16 and U-18 categories of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy league. The Academy Program was created to identify and develop the top 13 to 18-year-old local soccer players who will be eligible for promotion to the FC Dallas professional team. Several of our players have been selected to represent the US National Team U17, U18 and U20 teams. The U.S. Soccer Development Academy program features teams from the top youth clubs from around the country. Development Academy teams play approximately 30 regular season games to ensure all games are meaningful and highly competitive. Games are played according to FIFA’s Laws of the Game and officiated by a pool of the nation’s top young referees in order to prepare players for the next level of competition. National Team Scouts regularly attend Academy games, so players are evaluated over the course of the season and in their natural positions allowing for better player assessment. It has already dramatically impacted the player development process in the United States. In 2008, more than 100 players from Academy clubs were included in U.S. Youth National Teams and almost 800 graduates from the inaugural Academy class participated in college soccer the following fall. Virtually all college programs use the Academy program as a scouting vehicle and the program has received increased attention from professional scouts representing domestic and international clubs.
FC Dallas Youth Club
FC Dallas Youth has over 70 boys and girls Select teams ages U11 to U19 with over 1200 players. Teams are located throughout the Dallas area and play at all levels including Divisions I, II, and III in classic league and lake highlands girls classic league, as well as in Plano and Arlington. Our teams continue to excel both locally and nationally. FCDY players represent our program in the most prestigious programs including (but not limited to) ODP, id2, ECNL, Development Academy, various National Teams, and have also been drafted to play professionally both here in Dallas, and for International Clubs worldwide. FCDY has several teams that annually participate in Dallas Cup. FCDY players who do not play professionally move on to the top U.S. colleges. FCD players are generation adidas players, homegrown players, and are at the pinnacle place for national and international recognition, recruitment, and development.
FC Dallas Juniors
FC Dallas Juniors Prgram is one of the largest in north Texas and has over 700 boys and girl’s players aged U7 to U10 located throughout the Dallas area. The Juniors program focuses primarily on individual skill development. The goal of the Juniors program is to prepare players for a club soccer environment for their later years. It is designed for the more competitive player, and the more committed families. It has licensed coaches, and has more travel /expenses involved. The Juniors program is “Pre - Select” soccer for boys and girls ages U7 to U10. Typically it’s for those players that excel at the recreational level and desire an additional environment that is more competitive with advanced coaching. It is, however open to all players. After graduating from our Juniors program, select soccer begins at U11.
Player Development News and Accomplishments
- Academy players compete in AEGON Future Cup in Amsterdam
- FCDY continues to help athletes reach next level
- FC Dallas hosts first-ever College Showcase
- FC Dallas U-18 and U-16s compete against Spain's best in Madrid
- FCDY pays tribute to graduating seniors
- First WPSL season a success for FC Dallas
- Academy teams showcase national team talent at Generation adidas Cup