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, thus giving players an opportunity to develop and advance throughout the system:
- The FC Dallas professional team , consisting of up to 28 professional players
- The FC Dallas Academy Program
- The FCD Premier Development Program, an elite core of teams that are selected by invitation only, one team per age group of both girls and boys.
- Over 140 Select boys and girls teams ranging from ages U11 to U19.
- Over 75 Junior boys and girls teams ranging from U7 to U10.
The FCD Youth Select Program contains over 2,500 boys & girls ages U7 through U19. Players compete on over 140 Select teams and 75 Junior teams. Select teams play in divisions I, II, and III in Classic League and Lake Highlands Girls Classic League, as well as in Plano. Junior teams play in FCD Liga, SDL, PSA, and CAL. 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, Development Academy, various national teams, and have also been drafted to play professionally both here in Dallas, at other MLS Franchises, and for international clubs worldwide. The FCDY Academy Teams have continued to dominate both the U16 and U18 age groups in their respective divisions, currently being ranked 1st and 2nd, respectively, in their particular divisions. Our teams travel worldwide to tournaments such as the Aegon Future Cup in Holland, where FCDY were matched against teams from Ajax,Barcelona, Liverpool, Bayen Munich, and AC Milan. FCDY also competes in the Supergroup of the prestigious Dallas Cup, as well as several other FCDY teams who regularly qualify for the Dallas Cup in various age groups. FCDY players who do not play professionally move on to the top U.S. colleges. FCD players are generation Adidas players, homegrown players, & are at the pinnacle place for national and international recognition, recruitment, & development.
For a list of Select teams, click here
Junior Soccer has also been referred to as “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 Academy, select soccer begins at U11.
The FC Dallas Juniors Program
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. There is an unhealthy bias towards promoting athleticism rather than taking time to develop players at the younger ages, which is having a profoundly negative effect on soccer in the USA. Therefore at FC Dallas, we believe in age appropriate coaching which ensures that we are teaching not only the RIGHT things, but moreover teaching them the RIGHT way with an emphasis on long term development rather than short term 'wins'.
FCD Liga is our “in house” development program exclusively for FC Dallas Junior teams on Sunday afternoons at Toyota Soccer Center. It was created to provide a better environment to develop our players. We wanted our soccer “classroom” to be positive and nurturing where players can experiment using their tricks/skills to solve the soccer problems on the field in a healthy and competitive environment. The Liga format is 3v3, 4v4 and 5v5 so players maximize ball contacts as well as their “soccer experiences”. All experts agree that this is the purest form of soccer and it’s widely known that most of the best players in the world were developed playing in the “streets”, so we wanted to replicate that as best we could. Additional information will be provided to you regarding the format. Liga is mandatory for all our U7 and U8 teams.
For a list of Junior boys teams, click here
For a list of Junior girls teams, click here