Occasionally, U.S. Soccer updated thier rules and standards.  Information specific to U.S. Soccer rules provided here is for your reference only.  Please see the U.S. Soccer Development Academy's home page HERE for their official information.


How does someone tryout for a Development Academy team at BRSC?

Visit BRSC’s U.S. Soccer DA Contact page for information on how to contact us to try out for one of our DA teams.  Tryouts for BRSC’s Development Academy teams do not follow only the traditional two or three  session “open tryout” format.  While there will be open tryout sessions, our Coaching staff is also engaged in a more effective scouting model that allows them to identify, recruit and invite players to join regular training sessions and/or open tryout sessions so that they can more effectively evaluate each player over an extended period of time.


What age groups does Braden River SC offer for DA teams?


Age Groups offered by Braden River SC


Boys: U-12

Girls: U-14


Boys: U-12 and U-13

Girls: U-14*


Boys: U-13 and U-14**

Girls: U-14*

* If U.S. Soccer expands the Girls program to include additional youth age groups, BRSC will also offer these age groups.

** See News regarding changes in programming for the U-12 age group.















What happens after U-14 for players who have been playing on a Braden River SC Development Academy team?

BRSC has a well-established competitive soccer program that now includes the possibility of playing in U.S. Club Soccer’s Florida Premier League (FPL) and National Premier League (NPL) to ensure that there is a highly competitive league available for BRSC players outside of the Development Academy program.


What if I don’t make a Development Academy team?

If you are not selected for a Development Academy team, you could be selected for one of BRSC’s other Competitive teams playing in the National Premier League (NPL) or one of the other competitive local leagues.  You may also be given the opportunity to train as a Part Time Player with a Development Academy team.


Where does BRSC hold their Development Academy team practices?

The majority of regularly scheduled practices will be held at Braden River SC’s home fields on Mustang Alley, Bradenton, FL 34211. Occasionally, practices will be held at IMG Academy’s facilities or at another off-site facility.

Where does Braden River SC play their home games?

We are fortunate to be able to use the excellent facilities at IMG Academy for our home games.  The fields are located at 5650 Bollettieri Blvd, Bradenton, FL 34210.


What uniforms do Braden River SC’s Development Academy teams play in?

BRSC’s Development Academy teams play in the Braden River colors – White and Maroon.


What are the costs to join a Braden River SC Development Academy team?

See Registration Information link under the U.S. Soccer DA menu.


How many days does a Development Academy team train?

There will be a minimum of four training sessions per week and one rest day per week.


What is the Development Academy?

U.S. Soccer started the Development Academy Program to improve long-term player and coach development. After studying player development models domestically and internationally, U.S. Soccer collaborated with elite soccer clubs across the nation to create a program to provide the proper environment by emphasizing quality training and limited meaningful competition.


How many clubs are in the Development Academy and where are they located?

You can find the current list of DA clubs by visiting the DA’s website HERE.  Clubs are broken up into several geographic regions and there are different regions for Girls’ clubs, Boys’ U-12 clubs, Boys’ U-13 and U-14 clubs and Boys’ U-15, U-16/17 & U-18/19 clubs.


How does participating in the Academy affect players being seen by elite coaches?

Academy competitions provide ideal opportunities for coaches to scout players in their natural environment. Over half of all Academy matches are observed by a member of the National Team scouting network. During the 2015-16 Development Academy season, for example, over 1,849 games were scouted by the DA’s expansive network of technical staff and scouts.


How does playing in the Development Academy help a player accelerate their development?

By participating in the Academy, a player will have substantially more hours on the training field focused on refining technique and tactical understanding. With a minimum of four training sessions per week (three for U-12 players), there is significant opportunity to work on technique and receive instruction from our excellent coaching staff.


What are some of the benefits of playing in the Development Academy?

The Academy's elite training environment promotes increased technical standards and allows for greater accountability for players and coaches. Coaches can devote more time to these areas in training. Both players and coaches must learn to deal with and manage the challenges of playing in games using international rules, which is what players will experience at the highest levels. The Academy program provides an improved environment with the proper training-to-game ratio that supports year-round player development.


What is a Part Time Player?

In 2018/2019, the Part Time Player program replaced the Developmental Player (DP) program.  A Part Time Player is a high-potential “bubble player” that trains with the DA player pool, but is better off playing games with a “second level” team from within the club. Part Time players can play in a maximum of 12 Academy games.  You can find more information about PTs HERE.


Can Academy clubs participate in non-Academy competitions or High School soccer?

In the 2018/2019 season, U.S. Soccer updated the rules to allign their response for both Boys and Girls who participate on a Development Academy team.

To maintain a focus on training, Academy teams do not play in any other leagues, tournaments, State Cup competitions, ODP or All-Star events without written permission from the U.S. Soccer Development Academy staff. Full-time Academy players can only participate on their designated Academy team, with only one exception: National Team duty. Development Academy players for all teams must choose to participate in the Academy full-time and forgo playing for his high school team.

See "What is a Part Time Player?" for more information.


Can Academy clubs have younger players compete in older age groups?

U.S. Soccer Technical Staff encourages players to "play up" when appropriate.


How many games are played and how long is the Academy season?

Each Academy team plays approximately 25 to 30 league games, including 6-9 games played at Showcases (age group dependent).  Teams that advance from the Academy Playoffs could expect to play up to an additional 3 games. Clubs will break from regular season competition for periods of inactivity due to weather or the end of the season.  You can find out more about Academy events HERE and you can find the season schedule for Boys teams HERE and for Girls teams HERE.


What are the season dates?

The season begins in September and will end in July – this may vary slightly between the different age groups.  Practices will begin in August.


How much are Academy clubs required to travel?

Academy clubs can expect half of their league games to be away games in a given season, some of which may require overnight travel. Exact travel distances will vary between clubs depending on their geographic proximity to their conference opponents and Academy events.  Have a look at the club maps on the DA’s website for a clearer picture of the league game travel radius.  Showcase events may be outside of the normal league game travel radius.


Can Academy clubs schedule 'friendly' games during the Academy season?

Academy clubs can schedule such games to provide players with a heightened development experience. The games must not be part of an organized competition, i.e. tournament, league or camp, as defined in the non-participation regulations and all Academy standards and guidelines must be adhered to during competition.


Are foreign-born players eligible to play on a Development Academy team?

With the appropriate approvals, yes, a foreign-born player may be eligible to play on a DA team.  Per FIFA’s regulations on the status and transfer of players, the international clearance process is required when any foreign-born player over the age of 10 is attempting to register with an affiliated club in the United States, regardless of that player’s ability or citizenship. U.S. Soccer is responsible for properly obtaining that clearance on behalf of these players before they can register and participate in an affiliated league. Additional information can be found HERE.


Are there scholarships available in the Development Academy?

Yes.  You can find out more about the scholarships made available by U.S. Soccer Development Academy HERE.  Each year Braden River Soccer Club sets aside funds to provide financial assistance to some players in need.  Contact BRSC for more information.


What are the coaching license requirements?

U.S. Soccer strongly believes that the quality of coaching has a direct impact on the quality of player development.  Therefore, the Development Academy has a minimum license for all coaches to coach in the Academy.  Clubs will be provided with a clear pathway to meet minimum license standards and expectations during the projected timeline. The goal is for each Academy coach to hold a minimum of a USSF B license and for each Academy Director to hold a USSF A license.


What are the substitution rules?

In the 2018/2019 season, the substitution rules changed.  Following is a summary of the new rules:


  • Unlimited number of subs-on-the-fly

U-13 & U-14

  • Unlimited substitutions and re-entry across 3 moments
  • Half-time does not count as a “moment”
  • Injuries DO count as a “moment”

U-15, Girls U-16/17

  • 7 substitutions across 3 moments with no re-entry
  • Half-time does not count as a “moment”
  • Injuries DO count as a “moment”

Boys U-16/17, U-18/19

  • 5 substitutions across 3 moments with no re-entry
  • Half-time does not count as a “moment”
  • Injuries DO count as a “moment”

In addition, there is a Head Injury Substitution rule for players who are suspected to have suffered a head injury.