The FC Dallas Academy was launched in 2008 as platform to promote talented youth players into professional soccer. Heralded as the top MLS Academy by many, the program continues to develop pros at a remarkable rate. So far, 34 academy players have been signed to Home Grown contracts since 2009: the most in MLS. Among the FC Dallas Academy alumni are well known international stars Weston McKennie, Kellyn Acosta, Ricardo Pepi, Chris Richards, and Jesus Ferreira. In addition to individual accolades, the FC Dallas Academy has won many international events, Dallas Cups including the U19 Super Group in 2017, and four US Soccer Development Academy championships. In 2016, the FC Dallas Academy won both the U16 and U18 USSDA National Championships in the same year, a feat never replicated.

Today, the FC Dallas Academy plays year-round as a member of MLS Next, the “new elite youth competition platform intended to provide year-round high-level matches for MLS club academy teams and non-MLS academy teams that previously participated in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy.” The FC Dallas Academy is the “life-blood” of our MLS roster and many current academy players will land in our first team in future years. Our primary focus continues to be player development and promotion and the future has never shown brighter on the FC Dallas Academy program.


U.S. Soccer’s Development Academy program is driven by a game-centric approach that allows for long-term development to occur. It is driven by the game, its players, coaches and referees through a deep understanding of what makes players successful around the world. As the sport of soccer continues to grow in the united States, young players in our country need the proper environment to compete against the elite teams of the world. The U.S. Soccer Development Academy program provides an optimum environment for the nation’s top youth soccer players by emphasizing development through training and limited, meaningful competitions. Currently FC Dallas has seven Boys Academy Teams and four Girls Academy Teams.


The FC Dallas Academy has seen extreme success since joining the U.S. Soccer Development Academy in the 2008-2009 season. The FCD U-18/19s and U-16/17 teams have made the USSDA playoffs in every possible season and won the U-18/19s National Championship as well as the U-16/17 National Championship in 2015. In the U.S. Soccer evaluations released after the 2011-2012 season, FC Dallas was ranked as the #2 Academy in the country. As of May 2018, the Boys Academy U-15, U-17, and U-19s are all ranked in the top four teams in the country. The U-15 and U-16 Girls teams are also ranked among the top four teams in the country.


  • USSDA National Champions: 2012, 2016
  • USSDA Finals Week : 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2019
  • USSDA Playoffs: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • USSDA Texas/Frontier Division Champions: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Dallas Cup Super Group Champions: 2017
  • Dallas Cup Super Group: 2010, 2011 (Semifinals), 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016 (Semifinals)


  • USSDA National Champions: 2015, 2016
  • USSDA Finals Week: 2009, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019
  • USSDA Playoffs: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • USSDA Texas/Frontier Division Champions: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Generation adidas Cup: 2016 (Semifinals)

The Girls' Development Academy is part of U.S. Soccer's global leadership position in women's soccer and connects with its long-term plan to improve player and coach development. The mission of the program is to provide education, resources and support to directly impact the everyday environment for clubs to develop world-class female players.

Creating the Girls' Development Academy provides the elite female player with an improved player development model in which players can focus solely on training with the appropriate number and level of games. This model focuses on the developing the individual player within the club environment, which allows for additional training sessions per season to enhance player development. 

FC Dallas is a proud member of the Girls’ Development Academy that debuted in 2017. The DA program focuses on maximizing & accelerating the development of world-class female players. FC Dallas professional training and game day environment will create dynamic teams on a National level - both individually with Youth National Team call-up's and collectively through the success of our teams.


International competition is a cornerstone of the FC Dallas player development philosophy. Our U-14 squad often travels to Bolivia to take part in the Tahuichi International Tournament in Bolivia while our U-17s take part in an international tournament featuring Liga MX teams in Mexico City. Our U-17s compete in the Generation adidas Cup every year while our U-19s often travel to Guadalajara for Copa Chivas as well as perennial participation in the prestigious Dr Pepper Dallas Cup Super Group.

In the spring of 2010 the club took a team of players to Amsterdam to compete in the AEGON Future Cup. The FC Dallas squad, made up of a collection of U-18 and U-16 players, faced teams from AFC AJAX, FC Barcelona, Liverpool FC, FC Bayern Munich and AC Milan, among others.

The next year FCD took a full U-18 team and a full U-16 team to Madrid for a week of international friendlies against teams from Rayo Vallecano, Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid and others. The FC Dallas Academy teams have also played host to a number of international powers right here in Frisco, including Tigres from Mexico, Chelsea from England and FC Barcelona from Spain.

FC Dallas Academy teams have played on 4 continents and competed in the countries of Brazil, Bolivia, Mexico, Canada, Spain, England, Germany, Qatar, and others. 


The 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. 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. Since 2008 the FC Dallas Academy has won 4 USSDA National Championships and no other club has won more than 2.