USSDA Training Program

D.C. United’s Development Academy Training Program is a tryout-based program that provides competitive soccer players (ages 8 - 13) the opportunity to train in a professional academy environment. Led by D.C. United’s Academy Staff, the USSDA Training Program provides each player a view of the Academy’s training methodology, as well as player development curriculum. Through the USSDA Training Program all players will be assessed by the Academy staff with the purpose of identifying top talent for the D.C. United Academy.

The Development Academy Training Program provides a highly competitive environment to enhance individual player development. Activities are tailored to challenge players in the following areas: technical actions with the ball, athletic movements with and without the ball, decision-making processes with and without the ball, awareness and brain processing with and without the ball, etc. All sessions also include games/live play for players to work on topics and demonstrate their abilities in a match setting.

Topics include:

  • Individual Dribbling - Ability to Beat Opponents 1v1: Technical + Physical Speed
  • Passing and Receiving - Combination Play / Creating Numerical Superiority
  • Ball Striking - Finishing On Goal: Get Unmarked
  • Individual Defending - 1v1 Defending: Positioning (relationship between the ball/goal)

The D.C. United Academy will host two open tryouts (dates and registration links listed below) for the Spring semester. From the tryouts, the Academy staff will invite players to participate in the Spring semester of the program.