Colorado Rapids Soccer Academy
From fostering grassroots interest in the game through camps and developmental soccer to providing the highest level of training for the aspiring professional, the Rapids Soccer Academy is dedicated to growing the game and the individuals who participate in it.
The Colorado Rapids Soccer Academy provides a complete structure that serves every type of player. From fostering grassroots interest in the game through camps and developmental soccer to providing the highest level of training for the aspiring professional, the Rapids Soccer Academy is dedicated to growing the game and the individuals who participate in it.
U11-U18 Competitive Teams
The art of developing effective training and competitive programs for young players lies in knowing which kind of practice and competition the player is ready for at any stage of th eir physical and mental development. In an effort to recruit, educate and prepare elite players for our most competitive teams the Rapids Academy will field Colorado Youth Soccer teams in the Under 11 through Under 17 age groups.
US Soccer Development
The Colorado Rapids U16 and U18 Development Academy teams were formed in accordance with Major League Soccer’s 2007 Homegrown Player Initiative. Our goal is to create a program for each player that will allow him to reach his full potential, whatever that may be. For the majority of our players college soccer will be the pinnacle of their careers, but a select few will have the ability to play beyond that level. Major League Soccer now allows clubs to create a clear path from amateur soccer to the professional league while retaining the rights to the players that they help develop.
Junior Academy Program
The Junior Academy Program provides players with opportunities to learn about, play, and most importantly, enjoy the game of soccer. This program is designed to encourage and foster growth in young players by introducing basic soccer skills needed to both begin and advance in the game.
Center of Excellence
The Center of Excellence will ensure that more young players are exposed to quality coaching and made more aware of the technical requirements of an elite soccer player.
The exclusive purpose of the COE is to introduce and promote player development through technical training and the importance of technique as it applies to the game. Although inclusive, it is still designed to nurture the advancing serious player.
Coaches - Rapids Academy
The Rapids Soccer Academy is committed to providing educational opportunities for coaches both within and outside our club. We are currently hosting state and national coaching courses at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in conjunction with Colorado Youth Soccer and US Soccer. We have created a comprehensive book and video library that will be available to our member coaches free of charge.
These camps are designed with advanced curriculums for competitive level players who are looking to enhance specific skills in their soccer repertoire.
Meet the staff of the Colorado Rapids Soccer Academy!
Parent education is a priority for the Rapids Soccer Academy. It is important that parents understand the stages of development that young players go through from both a physical and psychological standpoint and how that relates to youth sports. It is also paramount that they understand their role in child development as it relates to sports parenting.
Rapids adidas Alliance
On June 9, 2009, the Colorado Rapids launched the Rapids adidas Alliance, one of the most integrated partnerships in American youth soccer, established to create a working relationship between existing youth soccer clubs that will benefit soccer development through shared resources and encouraging players to stay in their home clubs in the U11-U14 age groups. Those players will have direct access to the Rapids U16/U18 Development Academy teams through visible scouting and direct coaching and curriculum ties.