Thank you for your interest in D.C. United’s academy! At D.C. United, we pride ourselves on our commitment to developing elite soccer players and providing the best possible environment for players to grow on and off the field. Our track record of developing homegrown professional players as well as collegiate athletes speaks to the standard of excellence we have for developing players in the academy. 

There are four primary means through which we identify potential players:

  • USSDA Training Program
  • Talent Centers
  • Tryouts
  • Scouting + Personal Player Application

USSDA Training Program
D.C. United’s Development Academy Training Program provides competitive soccer players (ages 8 - 12) the opportunity to train in a professional academy environment. The program provides players a view of United's training methodology, as well as player development curriculum. Through participation in the program, all players will be assessed by the staff.

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Talent Centers
D.C. United’s Development Academy Talent Centers are a one-day assessment opportunities throughout the year for local talent interested in joining D.C. United or one of the Development Academy Partner Clubs, Arlington Soccer and/or Loudoun Soccer.

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D.C. United’s Tryouts are one-day assessment opportunities for all age groups during select Summer dates for local talent interested in joining D.C. United’s academy.

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Scouting + Personal Player Application
D.C. United’s Academy scouts consistently observe matches and events to identify potential players for the Academy. Scouts use a detailed talent identification model and report directly to the academy’s head scout. Our scouts are held to high standards of ethics, integrity and professionalism and adhere to all regulations set forth by U.S. Soccer and the Development Academy.

Academy Scouts will:

  • Identify events (matches, tournaments, etc.) to scout

  • Observe players and report back to D.C. United's Head Scout

  • Work with the Head Scout on next steps and tracking of player progress

Our procedure for contacting a player:

  • Player is scouted and identified

  • Player's technical director or coach is contacted

  • Player is invited to an age-appropriate Academy Team training session

  • Player is asked to continue with their current club until the end of their season, but is welcome to attend Academy training sessions

  • D.C. United will work with the player to determine appropriate next steps

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Please note that due to the high volume of requests, D.C. United will only respond to players that they are interested in bringing in for a trial or setting a time to scout.