Valeo Futbol Club
For Immediate Release:
Valeo FC Launch Tuition-Free U13 & U14 US Soccer Development Academy Teams
[Newton, MA – March 27] As part of its mission to impact everyday environments to develop world-class players, the U.S. Soccer Boys' Development Academy (DA)has expanded its membership for the 2019-20 season. Valeo FC is proud to have been included as part of the expansion. Previously, Valeo only had teams at the U-12 age group this year but will expand to the U-13 and U-14 levels for the coming season. Valeo’s DA teams will be the only tuition-free, fully-funded opportunity for elite players to compete at this level outside of the MLS clubs.
The DA began in 2007, and to date, only those Academies affiliated with MLS clubs have offered fully-funded programs. Part of Valeo’s mission is to provide opportunities to young, aspiring players regardless of their socioeconomic background. “We feel strongly that at this level players shouldn’t be in a pay-to-play environment. Players should earn this opportunity and not be excluded from participating because they can’t afford to pay the tuition” said Emelio Williams, Valeo FC Director.
Over the next few months, Valeo will be running several player ID clinics to identify players that are well suited for this unique opportunity. These ID clinics will be open to current club members as well as anyone outside of the club who is interested in playing.
Valeo players participating in the DA league will have a direct pathway to US Youth National scouts and teams. The Academy connects National Team coaches directly with the Academy clubs to develop and identify players and coaches for future Youth National Teams. Each Academy club is evaluated by a member of the U.S. Soccer Scouting Network at least ten (10) times each year. In addition to competing at the highest level domestically, the Valeo DA teams will participate in International competitions as part of their curriculum.
For more information on Valeo FC and details about the U13 and U14 DA expansion, please visit www.valeofc.com.
Valeo Futbol Club is a registered non-profit sports education and training organization focused on developing competitive athletes, outstanding citizens and strong leaders. The Club’s mission is to provide the very best learning environment for soccer and personal development for committed players who are passionate about the game.