The FC Dallas Player Development system consists of six 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 with a clear pathway to professional and/or collegiate soccer.
PLAYER DEVELOPMENT MODEL
FC Dallas continually strives to be the best soccer club in the Americas by implementing a player-centric and not team-centric or coach-centric model. 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 training methodology, and encouraging player movement and training opportunities within the club. We also continue to stress 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 strive to build our player’s self-esteem and creative abilities and accelerate the learning process.
College placement for our players remains a priority and we annually place a large number of High School Seniors 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. An ever increasing number of players have opportunities to interact with the FC Dallas first team, on and off the field. Our goal is and will continue to be to develop better people and put them 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. As an original franchise in MLS, the Dallas Burn played its games in the Cotton Bowl until 2004. In 2005 the club rebranded and changed its name to FC Dallas, which now plays all home games at Toyota Stadium, a 20,000 seat soccer specific stadium located in Frisco, TX, and new home of the National Soccer Hall of Fame.
FC DALLAS DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY
The FC Dallas Development Academy program consists of seven elite youth teams that play in the U-12, U-13, U-14, U-15, U-17 and U-19 categories of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy league. The Academy Program was created to identify and develop top talents and promote them to the FC Dallas professional team. Many current and former players have been selected to represent the US National Team at the U17, U18, U20, U23, and full team level.The U.S. Soccer Development Academy program features MLS Academies and 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. In addition, as a result of this competition platform, FC Dallas has signed 26 players to the first team roster through the MLS Homegrown Initiative.
FC DALLAS YOUTH CLUB
FC Dallas Youth has 177 boys and girls Select teams ages U11 to U19 with over 3,000 players. Teams are located throughout the Dallas area and play at all levels including Divisions I, II, and III in Classic League, Lake Highlands Girls Classic League, Junior Development League, Plano Premier League, PIT, 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, DPL, Development Academy, various National Teams, and have also been drafted to play professionally both here in Dallas, and for International Clubs worldwide. FCDY has many teams that annually participate in Dallas Cup. Many FCDY players move on to top U.S. colleges each year and represent their universities at the highest collegiate levels.
FC DALLAS JUNIORS
FC Dallas Juniors Program 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.