2021-22 Academy Season

Colorado Rapids Academy teams will be formed for the 2021-22 season through a variety of evaluation methods. We will evaluate players using scouting of games, invitational training sessions and player evaluation sessions.

2021-22 Age Eligibility

  • U13 – born on or after January 1, 2009
  • U14 – born on or after January 1, 2008
  • U15 – born on or after January 1, 2007
  • U17 – born on or after January 1, 2005
  • U19 – born on or after January 1, 2003

*Players should plan for tryouts by the year they were born, not the label on the age group.

If you would like to be added to our database for an evaluation please fill out our 2021-22 tryout interest form.

2020-21 Evaluation Opportunities

U13 and U14 — We will evaluate players born in 2009 or later at Colorado Rapids Academy ID Sessions. Because of the current MLS restrictions on Academy activities due to COVID -19 virus, we are not setting specific dates for the ID sessions at this time. We will be reaching out with information once specific times & dates are confirmed. We will also invite prospective players to Academy training sessions as appropriate. Current U13 (2008) and U14 (2007) players in other MLS NEXT Academy programs (Real Colorado) are not eligible to participate in evaluation sessions without prior communication with the players current club.

U15, U17 and U19 — We will invite prospective players to June training sessions as appropriate. Current U15 (2006), U17 and U19 players in other MLS NEXT Academy programs (Real Colorado) are not eligible to participate in training sessions without prior approval from the players current club. The final evaluation opportunity for this age group will be at the Colorado Rapids Academy ID sessions. Due to the current MLS restrictions on Academy activities due to COVID -19 virus, we are not setting specific dates for the ID sessions at this time. We will be reaching out with information once specific times & dates are confirmed.

Players born outside of the United States of America aged between 10 to 18 years of age must abide by FIFA international transfer regulations so we are not accepting international tryout applications.Players from outside the Colorado Rapids Homegrown Territory (States of Colorado and New Mexico) are subject to MLS homegrown territory restrictions.

Please note Colorado Rapids Academy is committed to acting in a professional and respectful manner in the player identification process. We will make all reasonable efforts to communicate with the players current club to ensure all appropriate steps have been taken prior to player trials or transfers. Please see link below for further details on player identification guidelines.

MLS NEXT player ID guidelines