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2019-20 DA Trials

2019-20 DA Trials


What is the DA and why is it for me?

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.


The Academy has 197 total clubs, comprised of teams across six age groups in the boy’s program: U-12, U-13, 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.


The Development Academy is the top youth soccer league in the country. With the vast majority if not all boys National Team players coming from DA clubs.


**This year US Soccer has shifted the u12 age group away from a Nationally operated league, instead encouraging DA clubs to come together to create a League that is operated by the clubs themselves, while still upholding the expectations and requirements of DA level competition.


The Chargers SC DA program will continue to operate the u12 age group exactly how it has the previous 3 seasons, with one important and fantastic adjustment; Our u12 DA Teams will compete in a u12 DA only statewide league called Florida u12 Academy League, where we will play every DA team home and away with standings. The Florida u12 Academy League serves as the Pre-Development Academy program for all DA programs in Florida. This is the top level of youth soccer in the state of Florida for u12s and serves to foster DA clubs’ growth in player development through elite competition. The Florida u12 Academy League maintains all the requirements and standards of the US Soccer Development Academy.

Our teams will also be eligible to play in any tournaments or outside competition we deem fit to allow us quality competition, which is a great addition to the previous restrictions in the DA at the u12 age. The rest of our u12 program remains the same in regard to number of training sessions, philosophy, demands etc.

Chargers Soccer Club Development Academy Program

Chargers SC has a long history of over 40 years as one of the elite boy’s programs in the country. As the 7th overall Club selected by U.S. Soccer in the inaugural year of the Development Academy, Chargers SC has continued to thrive within the Development Academy producing many National Team, Professional and top Collegiate Players.

As the only Full U.S. Development Academy club in the Tampa Bay Area, having D.A. teams in ages 12,13,14,15,16-17 and 18-19, we are focused on creating an environment that promotes the development of future U.S. National Team, Professional and Collegiate players from the ages 12-19. We have been very successful in this goal and continue to produce many players that have reached the National Team and Professional ranks, including 6 current U.S. National Team players.

Chargers SC prides itself on providing the ideal elite environment to push players to reach their goals on and off the field.  Chargers SC has a close affiliation with AS Roma of the Serie A in Italy, to provide our top players exposure and a pathway to become part of a top club in the world. This Affiliation serves to push our environment to even higher standards, using the training methodology that is used by a top 10 team in the world in AS Roma within our Academy, while also allowing AS Roma scouts to interact with our players heavily. The last two seasons have seen 16 Charger players selected to train side by side with the AS Roma first team and train with the AS Roma Academy teams in Rome, Italy.  While, this season alone 3 of our U-19 DA players have signed professionally.

To read more about our 2017-2018 year in review click here

 We are searching for the next great generation of players that are committed to becoming elite players and will follow in the footsteps of Charger Development Academy players such as Jeff Attinella,  started in the MLS Finals this year with the Portland Timbers, Zach MacMath, started in the MLS semi-finals last season with the Colorado Rapids, Mason Judge, signed with Eintracht Frankfurt of the Bundesliga and USA U-17 National Team, Nathan Harriel, signed Professionally with the Philadelphia Union and the USA U-19 National Team, Riley Cullum, Arber Shala,  Jacob Schick ,current Chargers DA players on the 2004 and 2001 U.S. National Teams, and many others.

If you feel that you have elite potential as a player and want to be exposed to the top level of soccer in the nation, then the Development Academy is for you. Our Charger SC Development Academy scouts are currently evaluating players for the 2019-2020 season in the age groups ranging from Birth Years 2005-2009s.  If you feel you fit the profile of a Development Academy player, please click the button below to apply (via GotSoccer) and our staff will evaluate you as soon as possible.

Chargers DA Trials

Chargers SC will begin invitation-only trials for the Development Academy starting in February. To have our Development Academy evaluate you please register online by clicking the link below.

**If your son is selected for the Development Academy training, you will receive an email detailing the training locations, apparel, and further details.


2019-20 Season Junior Team Trials Schedule
Birth Years 2008/09 2007 2006 2005
Next Season's
Age Group
(U11/12) (U13) (U14) (U15)
2/4/19 (Monday) 6:00-7:30 6:00-7:30 7:30-9:00 7:30-9:00
2/8/19 (Friday) 6:00-7:30 6:00-7:30 7:30-9:00 7:30-9:00
2/11/19 (Monday) 6:00-7:30 6:00-7:30 7:30-9:00 7:30-9:00
2/15/19 (Friday) 6:00-7:30 6:00-7:30 7:30-9:00 7:30-9:00
2/18/19 (Monday) 6:00-7:30 6:00-7:30 -- --
2/22/19 (Friday) 6:00-7:30 6:00-7:30 7:30-9:00 7:30-9:00
2/25/19 (Monday) -- -- 6:00-7:30 6:00-7:30
3/4/19 (Monday) 6:00-7:30 6:00-7:30 7:30-9:00 7:30-9:00
3/18/19 (Monday) 6:00-7:30 6:00-7:30 -- --
3/22/19 (Friday) 6:00-7:30 6:00-7:30 7:30-9:00 7:30-9:00


2019-20 Season
Senior Team Trials Schedule
Birth Years 2003/04 2001/02
Next Season's
Age Group
(U16/17) (U18/19)
3/27/19 (Wednesday) TBA* TBA*
4/3/19 (Wednesday) TBA* TBA*

* Interested players need to apply using the link below. 
DA Staff will review and if the player is being invited to
participate in these trials, they will be provided the time
and field location.


DA Contact Info:

Robeto Lopez, DA Director - 727-657-6458 or
Nate Bender, Jr. DA Coordinator -