The importance of youth soccer development cannot be under estimated. One glance at the best talent across the soccer globe and it becomes obvious how important creating the best environment for young people to learn the game actually is. Take a look at Barcelona in Spain, they place a huge emphasis on their young players, from around the age of 8 upwards. Therefore, it's no coincidence they have produced some the games greats, such as Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi and Sergio Busquets.
The US Academy System is gearing up in the same way and aims to develop world class players by offering the very best in support, resources and education. There are specific restrictions, including how often players train, when they rest and how many games they play per year. In addition to this, there are certain criteria that the US Soccer Development Academy look at, in order to judge if a club is to be accepted in to the program.
It's with great pleasure and pride to be able announce, that Chula Vista FC Youth Club have been awarded the Under 12's Academy status.J. Hector Diaz, Director of Coaching of Chula Vista FC has this to say, “We were very excited when we got the news. We reached the third Round in the U.S. Open Cup this past summer, and now we are part of the U.S. Development Academy. It has been a very exciting year at Chula Vista, although we are humbled by the honour of becoming the only Academy in the South Bay, and among the few in San Diego, we will continue to be ambitious.”
The provision of such an award is not done on a lottery style basis, it's founded on the great values and structure of the soccer club. Chula Vista FC have been evaluated by the US Soccer Development Academy in a number of areas, including style of play and philosophy, facilities and infrastructure, history of elite player production, player development effectiveness, plus much more. Admission is very selective and therefore, it's a fantastic honour for Chula Vista FC to become the first soccer club in South Bay, San Diego, California, to be awarded academy status.
This award is not down to luck, it's thanks to the hard work of everyone involved at the club. From those who volunteer their time, to the people who work hard off the pitch as well as on it, each and every person at Chula Vista FC are proud to be a part of the club. This award highlights the great commitment of everyone involved at Chula Vista FC over the years and signals the start of a very promising future.
The extra resources, of being a member of the US Soccer Development Academy, will push the young players to another level and as a result, access to the national team will be much improved. The future of youth players at Chula Vista has never been brighter or more exciting and who knows, we could soon be developing the next Lionel Messi but this time, for the US national team.
Please click here to find out more information regarding the U.S. Development Academy U12 Program