95 U.S. Youth Soccer Clubs, Join the MLS Development Platform League. 11 are from Florida.

Major League Soccer yesterday announced that 65 former USSDA clubs will join the League’s existing 30 club academies in the hopes to finally transform youth player development in the U.S.

The new platform, which will include around 8,000+ players (both boys and girls) throughout the U.S. (and an additional 120 youth players from Canada), will consist of the newly formed elite year-round league(s), along with a series of identification initiatives and as we understand additional programming to create the the correct player development environment.

Within the new development structure, specialized technical working groups will provide recommendations on all strategic standards, an important factor will be the outline competition guidelines, as well as the programming. The MLS states that this new platform will accelerate player development in North America. We have heard the same from others and they miserably failed, let’s hope that Major League Soccer will actually look more at the development instead of the “Cash-Flow” like others have done in the past!

The MLS claims that the new development platform will not only provide high level, year-round competition for players, but will provide important programming, education and innovation in the key areas of player development: Player Identification, Coaching, Environment, Personal Player Growth and Community Outreach.

HOWEVER, IT’S STILL THE SAME” PAY-IF-YOU-WANT-TO-PLAY” METHOD. Something that has never worked in the past 40 years… and here it is again!

Will they deliver an “unparalleled experience for the nation’s top players and clubs,”?
That’s what Fred Lipka, Vice President and Technical Director of MLS Player Development said yesterday (May 13th). “The development of professional and elite players requires a comprehensive and integrated approach, beyond just the competition format, and we are having daily conversations with academy clubs across the country who are committed to building that environment with us.”

We read:
The MLS and the 95 academy clubs will work on the development of world class players and on a world class soccer development culture that supports and inspires elite players throughout other countries!
That is great news, because up-to-date thus has been completely absent in the U.S. and is a very good reason why our US Men’s Soccer team is at the level it is today!

Applications for additional clubs to join will be available in the coming weeks. More information about the competition structure as well as the platform’s official brand will be announced at a later date on the MLS Soccer official website.

Nothing to be found regarding pricing on the MLS website or any of the academy websites we’ve searched.

  • Chargers Soccer Club
  • Florida Rush Soccer Club
  • IMG Academy
  • Inter Miami CF
  • Jacksonville FC
  • Miami Rush Kendall SC
  • Orlando City SC
  • South Florida Football Academy
  • Tampa Bay United Rowdies
  • West Florida Flames
  • Weston FC
    (In bold clubs that involve several of our goalkeepers)

“I believe we are going to change once and for all the development of players in this country with the new platform. The decision from MLS to continue what USSF started and get it to the next level is paramount on the future of our sport.”
Marcelo Neveleff, Academy Director Orlando City Soccer Club