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The Cincinnati Development Academy is excited for its second season as part of the US Soccer Girls’ Development Academy. The US Soccer Development Academy is the top program for female youth soccer in the country and will serve as the primary pathway to the Youth National Teams. The DA provides players with the best exposure to college coaches while preparing them for soccer at the collegiate level


Development Academy Schedule

The Development Academy features more than 70 of the top clubs in the country. These clubs come from US Youth Soccer and the National League, the ECNL, US Club Soccer, and other competitive environments. Cincinnati Development Academy is part of the Midwest Region conference. Teams in this conference come from Michigan, Illinois, and Indiana. We anticipate there will be more neighboring states included in this conference in the future to grow the quality of competition. The DA has around 27-30 games throughout the 10-month season with half of those games played here in Cincinnati. These games will be evenly distributed through these 10 months so there is a major focus on quality weekly training to prepare for the weekend matches. This game distribution allows players proper rest and recovery breaks along with families having more time during the holidays. This is very similar to the travel for regional competition all other clubs in this area currently face.


Showcases/College Coaches

The DA also features three showcases throughout the year, allowing player exposure to US National team scouts and college coaches in a showcase format. The Winter Showcase is held in early December in Florida. The Spring Showcase is in Greensboro, NC in April and the Summer Showcase is in San Diego in June.


Outside Participation

As many of you know, the Development Academy does not allow players to participate in high school soccer and the DA at the same time. However, the DA does allow outside participation in other sports/activities such as high school track and basketball.



The Cincinnati Development Academy trains four days per week. These four sessions include regular training sessions along with performance/technical/ injury prevention training. There is specialized goalkeeper training as part of their weekly training sessions.


Development Academy Age Groups

There will be four (4) teams in the DA for the 2018-2019 season:
U14 - 2005 birth-year

U15 - 2004 birth-year
U16/17 - 2003 and 2002 birth-years
U18/19 - 2001 and 2000 birth-years


For questions about the CDA DA program please contact

David Robertson
Academy Director                                  

Cincinnati Development Academy Premier

In addition to the DA program CDA also offers a Premier program for those players who do not make the DA team or who want to play high school soccer. These teams will play in the USYS National and Regional leagues and compete in State Cup, Regionals, and Nationals.


CDA Premier offers six (6) teams for the 2018-19 season:
U14 - 2005 birth-year
U15 - 2004 birth-year
U16 - 2003 birth-year

U17 - 2002 birth-year
U18 - 2001 birth-year
U19 - 2000 birth-year


CUP and Kings Hammer

Outside of the Cincinnati Development Academy programming, CUP and Kings Hammer will still offer players the opportunities to compete in college showcases, State Cup, Regional, and National championship competitions, MRL, OSSL, Buckeye, TPL, and other competitive environments. The depth of player pools from both clubs will still allow for elite level competition for players not participating in the Cincinnati Development Academy.


For questions about the CDA Premier program please contact

Chris Black
Technical Director