US Soccer Girls’ Development Academy

US Soccer Girls’ Development Academy 2019-03-29T11:08:12-07:00

San Diego Surf Academy Web Site


(ages listed for 2019-20 season)

San Diego Surf GU-14

Players born in 2006

San Diego Surf GU-15

Players born in 2005

San Diego Surf GU-16 Pilot

Players born in 2004

San Diego Surf GU-16/17

Players born on or after January 1, 2003 through December 31, 2004

San Diego Surf GU-18/19

Players born on or after January 1, 2001 through December 31, 2002

US Soccer Girls’ Development Academy

For more information, please contact:

Rob Becerra

Girls Director of Coaching

What is the Development Academy Program?

Following a comprehensive review of elite player development in the United States and around the world, U.S. Soccer created the Development Academy in 2007. The Academy Program’s philosophy is based on increased training, less total games, and more meaningful games using international rules of competition.

In the Fall of 2017, the Academy expanded programming to include a Girls’ Development Academy. The Academy 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.

The Academy Program focuses on positively impacting everyday club environments to assist in maximizing youth player development across the country. The Academy values individual development of elite players over winning trophies and titles. The Academy sets the standard for elite environments for youth soccer clubs nationwide and is a part of U.S. Soccer’s global leadership position in youth soccer that will impact thousands of players.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Development Academy is a partnership between U.S. Soccer and the top youth clubs around the country to provide the best youth players in the U.S. with an every day environment designed to produce the next generation of National Team players. The Academy’s programming philosophy is based on increased training, less total games and more competitive games.

Development Academy Teams are only permitted to participate in Academy Competitions (League games, Showcases, Playoffs and Finals Week) and non-academy events approved by the Academy Technical Committee. (Dallas Cup and Surf Cup showcase events).  Full-Time Development Academy players do NOT participate in any high school soccer programs.

Each Academy club plays approximately 30 league games, including 6 games played at Showcases. The league season begins in September and commences with Finals Week in July. Clubs will break from league play for periods of inactivity due to weather or the end of the season.  Development Academy teams can only play 1 game per day and are not allowed to play 3 consecutive days of games.  One mandatory rest day will be implemented in a 3 game event (Winter & Summer Showcases).  Additionally, Surf Soccer Development Academy teams play scrimmages vs. Men’s teams and other Youth teams for a total of 40-45 games in a season. **

San Diego Surf Girls’ Development Academy participates in the Southwest Division. The teams that complete in this division are as follows: Albion SC, Beach FC, Eagles SC, LA Galaxy, LA Galaxy San Diego, LAFC Slammers, Legends, Los Angeles Premier Futbol Club, Pateadores, Real So Cal, SC Del Sol, So Cal Blues and West Coast FC.

The Southwestern Conference has the least amount of travel of all the US Soccer Development Academy conferences due to the close proximity of the teams within the conference.

In addition to the league schedule, the Girls Academy will also compete in up to 3 showcases. Surf Soccer club pays for all coaches’ travel expenses throughout the season. A standard Academy season (excluding Finals Week in July) often results in less travel costs than other club’s Far West Regional league, National league, State Cup/National Cup & other tournaments travel expenses.**

Surf Soccer US Soccer Development Academy teams will train a total of 4 days per week starting in July.  Players are expected to attend all practices to be considered for competition in games.

Coaching staff will select a roster of Full-Time players for each of the Development Academy teams.  In addition, certain players may be selected as Developmental Players (DPs) throughout the season.  DPs will play Full Time on one of the other Surf teams in their age group and will be able to play with the DA team for a total of 6 matches in a season.  DPs will be able to train with the DA team on days he does not train with his primary team.  The coaching staff closely watches the development of the DP and may move certain players to Full-Time status later in the season.  DPs are allowed to participate in high school soccer programs.

National team players will receive full scholarships from the club.  Other scholarships are available based upon merit & need.  The club is always creating ways to make soccer more affordable and has lots of fundraising opportunities available throughout the season in which families can participate to help off-set travel expenses.  In addition, the club is always actively seeking for sponsors who can financially help the teams’ travel expenses.

Surf Soccer Development Academy players undoubtedly receive the best college exposure of any club in the country with 2 Surf Cup events (Surf Cup in July & Surf College Cup in November), 2 US Soccer Development Academy Showcase events and attendance of many Southern California college coaches at divisional conference games.  The club has a college liaison in place to assist all Academy players with the college process.

Surf Soccer has a great reputation all over the nation for producing high-level players. For the second straight year, the club has won the IMG Top 150 girls recruiting title. This coupled with being part of the USSF Development Academy program will certainly help players to pursue their college dreams and make them a reality.

US Soccer Training Centers are sessions that are hosted every few months in various locations in Southern California where National Team coaches train & identify players. US Soccer Training Centers will replace ODP (USYS) sessions and zero costs are associated for players who are invited to attend these sessions.  US Soccer scouts attend the majority of divisional games to identify players for National team camps & US Training centers. On average, about 10-12 Surf Soccer Development Academy players are invited to attend the US Training Centers.

Coaching education programs are provided by US Soccer to keep coaches up to date with the latest training techniques.  US Soccer is continuously evaluating US Soccer Development Academy clubs in regards to their training facilities, training methods & playing style enforcements, coaching curriculum & other US Soccer Development Academy club obligations.  For more information go to

The Surf Girls’ IDP program

Information coming soon