Sounders FC Academy Frequently Asked Questions
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.
Players are selected in a number of ways. Scout Identification Personal Player Application Youth Programs Identification
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.
The Academy is composed of 3 full-time teams and 3 part-time teams:
- U-12 (SDP)
- U-13 (SDP)
- U-14 (SDP)
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 (SDP) team plays against Cascadia MLS Clubs, attends a US Soccer Regional event and participates in other special events.
- Our U-15 team plays in MLS Generation adidas Cup Regional Events. The team also participates in the US Soccer Developmental Academy.
- Our U-17 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-19 team plays in the US Soccer Developmental Academy and many of it's players participate for S2 in the USL.
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.
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.
Teams either train 5:00 p.m. or at 6:30 p.m. during the week.
No. All players retain their eligibility. Academy players are also permitted to play in professional matches with S2 and still maintain their college eligibility.
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.
Yes. We have players from all ages that get called into camps and tournaments for their national team.
Yes! Follow us on Twitter @SoundersAcademy and on Facebook.com/SoundersAcademy
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