Mission of the USSDA
The U.S. Soccer Development Academy program provides education, resources, and support to impact everyday club environments in order to develop world-class players.
The Nomads Soccer Club considers themselves a professional development academy and all that brings. The philosophy and culture of a professional club should prevail. The players are expected to behave as athletes who are considering a career in the game.
The Nomads will look for players who have a professional outlook, are willing to work diligently to achieve their goals. The logo we wear on our shirt states “For Those Serious about Soccer” encapsulates the attitude of the successful player in our Club.
The written mission statement of the club and cultural statement should be the guiding light for all players and staff in the Nomads.
What is the Development Academy Program?
Following a comprehensive review of elite player development in the United States and around the world, U.S. Soccer created the Development Academy in 2007. The Academy Program's philosophy is based on increased training, less total games, and more meaningful games using international rules of competition.
The Academy has 150 total clubs (2016/2017), comprised of teams in five age groups: 2004, 2003, 2002, 2000/2001 and 1998/1999. The Academy is currently in the process of expanding its programming a Girls' Development Academy that will begin in Fall 2017, the Nomads have applied to participate in this program.
The Academy Program focuses on positively impacting everyday club environments to assist in maximizing youth player development across the country. The Academy values individual development of elite players over winning trophies and titles. The Academy sets the standard for elite environments for youth soccer clubs nationwide and is a part of U.S. Soccer's global leadership position in youth soccer that will impact thousands of players.