U.S. Soccer’s Development Academy program is driven by the game and its players, coaches and referees. This game-centric approach allows for long-term development to occur through a deep understanding of what makes players successful around the world. As the sport of soccer grows in the United States, young players in our country need the proper environment to compete against the world’s elite. The U.S. Soccer Development Academy program provides the optimum developmental environment for the nation’s top youth soccer players, coaches and referees by emphasizing development through quality training and limited, meaningful competition. Currently, FC Dallas has seven boys Academy teams: U-12, U-12 South, U-13, U-14, U-15, U-16/17 and U-18/19. U.S. Soccer has also added a Girls' Academy in 2017 with FC Dallas teams in the U-13, U-14, U-15, U-17 and U-19 divisions.




The FC Dallas Academy has been extremely successful since joining the US Soccer Development Academy in the 2008-2009 season. The FCD U-18 & U-16 teams have made the USSDA playoffs in every possible season and have won the 2012 U-18 USSDA National Championship and 2015 U-16 USSDA National Championship. In US Soccer evaluations released after the 2011-2012 season, FC Dallas was ranked as the #2 Academy in the country. In 2015, the U-16s won the USSDA National Championship without giving up a goal throughout the playoffs, while the U-15s won the National Premier League Finals after finishing undefeated in the Texas Pre-Academy League season. In addition, the U-16s garnered multiple end of year awards, including Best Style of Play for the Central Conference, Most Comprehensive Club for the Central Conference, as well as individual player awards for Devin Vega (Central Conference Player of the Year), Ben Hale (Central Conference Starting XI), Reginald Cannon (Central Conference Starting XI), and Weston McKennie (Central Conference Starting XI).  In 2016, the U-18s and U-16s completed an unprecedented sweep of the USSDA National Championships in their levels, while the U-14s finished their season undefeated on the year.  2016 also saw the U18 and U15 teams bring home FC Dallas's first International trophies, winning the Aspire Academy Tri-Series Tournament in Doha, Qatar. In 2017, they won the Dallas Cup Supergroup Championships. As of May 2018, the boys U-15, U-16 and U-18 are all ranked in the top four of the country. The U-15 and U-16 girls teams are also ranked among the top four teams in the country.

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


More than 60 FC Dallas Academy players have appeared with the youth national teams of the United States, Canada, or Mexico. Three FC Dallas Academy alumni, Kellyn Acosta, Danny Garcia, & Richard Sanchez, appeared in the 2013 FIFA Under-20 World Cup and goalkeeper Richard Sanchez won the U-17 FIFA World Cup with Mexico. Kellyn Acosta and Jesse Gonzalez appeared in the 2015 FIFA Under-20 World Cup with the United States and Mexico. Kellyn Acosta became the first FCD Academy-product to play for the U.S. Men's Senior National Team in 2016. Goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez was on the 23-man squad for the 2017 Gold Cup.


Since 2008, over 75 FC Dallas Academy players have earned Division 1 NCAA soccer scholarships with dozens more playing in Division II & NAIA. The FC Dallas Academy has produced All-ACC, All-AAC and All-Conference USA award winners as well as an NCAA soccer national champion (Boyd Okwuono and Charlie Furrer) & ACC Freshman of the Year (Danny Garcia). In 2014, eight FC Dallas Academy Alumni won their conference tournaments. Former Academy players have attended schools including SMU, North Carolina, Maryland, Wake Forest, UCLA, Portland, NC State, Indiana, Harvard, and many others in divisions I, II, III, and NAIA. 


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. 


Academy teams spend a greater amount of time focused on training to improve as individuals and as a team. The teams and players receive direct feedback and evaluations from FCD’s professional staff. To round out the complete training environment, Academy players are tested in their physical capabilities using The FCD Way© testing methodology. FCD Development Academy players also receive The FCD Way© curriculum for soccer-specific athletic training. Each athlete then gains a greater understanding of how they compare physically against their peers and what they need to do to achieve their optimal performance levels.


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.