USYF Academy program finalized its first year at the 2019 National Showcase in June; the first year delivered great results to all registrants. The first year included these milestones and more:
Benefits to players are immediate and impactful. Education is a continuous process and requires consistency. An Academy environment provides repetition and formal evaluation to effectively help evolve youth players.
An Academy environment challenges players to perform, yet provides real-time opportunities to learn from mistakes, which is a natural and necessary part of development. Players are afforded the unique opportunity of training and competing with similarly-skilled players from other soccer clubs. The Academy focuses on year-round development, cutting-edge training curriculums, and provides players multiple opportunities for exposure on a regional, national and even international level.
The Academy is a flagship program for USYF and the goals in the next 3 years are:
"If it wasn't for futsal, I wouldn't be the player that I am today."
A lot of the moves I make originate from futsal. Its played in a very small space, and the ball control is different in futsal.
In futsal, you see whether a player is really talented. You notice the small details in quality, class and tactical understanding."
"I trained about 3-4 hours a week at Ajax when I was little. But I played 3-4 hours every day on the street. So where do you think I learned to play football?"
"When I was a young boy in Argentina, I played futsal in the street and in a club. It was great fun and help me become the player I am today."
"I grew up playing futsal in Baurd. In futsal you need to think quick and play quick so its easier for you when you move to regular football."