In August of 2007 the Rapids Soccer Academy was accepted as a charter member of US Soccer’s Development Academy, a nationwide youth development initiative, organized by the U.S. Soccer Federation, created to enhance the development of the country’s top players through high technical standards and a focus on meaningful competition.
Formed in accordance with Major League Soccer’s 2006 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 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. The Academy’s top players in each age group will be identified as Homegrown Players after spending 12 months in the program. A Homegrown Player who is talented enough to play in MLS will now have the ability to sign a Generation Adidas contract for his hometown club and not be placed in the MLS SuperDraft.
In February 2013 the Rapids announced that the Development Academy teams would be fully funded by the club. The Rapids’ program includes Development Academy teams at the U-12, U-13, U-14, U-15, U-17 and U-19 levels, with all administrative, coaching, facilities, equipment, travel and other costs covered by the club.