US Soccer Development Academy Kicks Off 2017-18 season

FCD Academy Photo-Dallas Cup 2017

FC Dallas U18 Academy-Dallas Cup 2017 (Courtesy of FC Dallas)

Earlier this month the US Soccer Development Academy (USSDA) began the 2017/2018 season throughout the country.  The Boys Development Academy was started in 2007 and this year has begun a girls academy that follows similar philosophies and competitive structures as the boys program.

The USSDA currently has 197 total clubs, comprised of teams across six age groups in the boys program: U-12, U-13, U-14, U-15, U-16/17, and U-18/19 and four age groups in the girls program: U-14, U-15, U-16/17, and U-18/19. New clubs, and age-group team extensions within existing clubs, are being added every year.

There are eight Texas youth clubs that participate in the Development Academy at various age levels (the Houston Dynamo, Dash and Dynamo Youth-formerly Texas Rush-are grouped as one club for this discussion).

The U12 boys play in a stand alone Texas Division.  The remainder of the clubs and teams play in the Frontier Division, which includes other clubs from the Midwest and Colorado. Each team plays home and away games against the other teams in their division, plus games against non-division opponents from across the country during the 10-month season.  Playoffs, culminating in a National Final Four, are held at the conclusion of the regular season.  Last year the semifinals in the older boys divisions included both the U16/17 and U18/19 FC Dallas teams and Texans SC from Houston, who won the national championship in Carson, California at that age level.

Listed below, with links to the individual club page on the US Soccer Development Academy website, are the Texas clubs who are part of the Academy.

Texas Boys USSDA Clubs: (Play at all age levels unless otherwise noted)

Dallas Texans

FC Dallas

Houston Dynamo

Lonestar SC Academy

Rise Soccer Club (U12 only)

San Antonio FC  (U12/13/14 only)

Solar Soccer Club

Texans SC Houston

Houston Dynamo Youth

Texas Girls USSDA Clubs: (All clubs play at all age levels)

Dallas Texans

FC Dallas

Houston Dash

Lonestar SC

Solar Soccer Club

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