Sounders FC Academy Frequently Asked Questions

 What is the Seattle Sounders FC Academy?

The Sounders FC Academy is where the some of the nations most talented soccer players come to train and play with the goal of signing for Seattle Sounders FC and earning a professional contract.

 How are players selected for the Sounders FC Academy?

Players are selected in a number of ways. Scout Identification Personal Player Application Youth Programs Identification

 How is the Sounders FC Academy different than other clubs in the area?

Unlike other clubs, we are a professional soccer club that competes at the highest level in the USA and as such can offer the following: A chance to earn a professional contract and sign for Seattle Sounders FC 1st Team. A chance to earn a professional contract and sign for the Seattle Sounders FC S2 Team. Coaching, guidance, evaluation and direct contact with Sounders FC 1st Team/S2 coaches. Opportunities to training with the Seattle Sounders FC 1st team. Opportunities to train and play in USL Pro League for S2. Play in games at CenturyLink Stadium and compete in exclusive MLS events. Invitations to top level international tournaments with some of the world’s best clubs.

 What teams does the Sounders FC Academy have?

Starting in August 2016 we will have 6 teams:

  • U-12 (SDP)
  • U-13 (SDP)
  • U-14
  • U-15
  • U-16
  • U-18
 What leagues do the Sounders FC Academy teams play in?

Our players are provided a variety of high level opportunities dependent on their age level:

  • Our U-12 (SDP) team plays against Cascadia MLS Clubs and participates in other special events.
  • Our U-13 (SDP) team plays against Cascadia MLS Clubs, attends a US Soccer Regional event and participates in other special events.
  • Our U-14 team plays up an age level in the Far West Region League throughout the duration of the year. The team competes in two US Soccer events and has participated in an international event.
  • Our U-15 team plays up an age level in the Far West Region League throughout the duration of the year. The team has participated in an international event.
  • Our U-16 team plays in MLS Generation adidas Cup, three prestigious events culminating with International competition. The team also participates in the US Soccer Developmental Academy.
  • Our U-18 team plays in the US Soccer Developmental Academy and many of it’s players participate for S2 in the USL Pro League.
 Is the Sounders FC Academy free or do I have to pay?

The Academy is free for all selected players and has many additional benefits. Such benefits include a comprehensive, experienced and qualified staff, equipment package for all full-time players (including full uniform and the latest adidas footwear), tickets to Seattle Sounders FC matches and other unique and exclusive opportunities.

 Where does the Sounders FC Academy train?

Starfire Sports is the home of the Academy as well as the technical staff headquarters for the club. It is the training facility for the Seattle Sounders FC first team and the training and game facility for S2.

 What time do the Sounders FC Academy teams train?

Teams either train 5:00 p.m. or at 6:30 p.m. during the week.

 Can a Sounders FC Academy player sign a professional contract with the Seattle Sounders FC 1st Team?

Yes.

 Does participation in the Sounders FC Academy mean I lose NCAA eligibility?

No. All players retain their eligibility. Academy players are also permitted to play in professional matches with S2 and still maintain their college eligibility.

 Will the Sounders FC Academy staff help with my college recruitment?

Yes. We have a wide network of college contacts and an impressive list of Academy alumni at some of the country’s most impressive educational institutions.

For more information on the Sounders FC Academy, please email academy@soundersfc.com