Cosmos Academy West: Procedure for Transfer between Club and Academy.
The partnership between LAFC Cosmos and Cosmos Academy West is a special one. For any competitive soccer player their aim should be to compete at the highest level possible. In the US, that level is the US Development Academy. The Cosmos organization believe bringing in players as young as 7 years old and providing a detailed, age-specific curriculum from U8 through to their U16 and U18 development academy teams, without the need to win at all costs, will provide a great learning environment to produce players capable of making Youth National Teams. By being the official partner to the academy our players may receive invitations to join a Cosmos Academy -West squad based on scouting of games and coaches recommendations.
The agreement between the Academy Director, Teddy Chronopoulos, and the Club Director of Coaching Barry Ritson dictates:
Any player movement between the two organizations MUST be approved by BOTH D.O.C’s.
· Club coaches and Academy coaches will always have the players’ best interests at heart and encourage players to play at the highest level possible whether that be within the club A_B_C structure or in the Academy.
· Club players are permitted to train with the Academy if it approved by both DOC’s and if it doesn’t conflict with their normal team practice.
· No Interchanging at all during CSL season.
· No active recruiting during CSL season.
What is the US Development Academy?
The Development Academy is a partnership between U.S. Soccer and the top youth clubs around the country to provide the best youth players in the U.S. with an every day environment designed to produce the next generation of National Team players. The Academy’s programming philosophy of increased training, less total games and more competitive games is based on U.S. Soccer’s Best Practices utilized by the U-17 U.S. National Team Residency program.
The Academy also connects National Team coaches directly with the Academy clubs to develop and identify players and coaches for future Youth National Teams.
Academy competitions provide ideal opportunities for coaches to scout players in their natural environment. A member of the national team scouting network observes over half of all Academy matches.
• Over 100 different players from Academy clubs were called into Youth National Teams in 2008.
• After the first season of the Academy, over 800 Academy graduates moved on to play college soccer.
Professional coaches from MLS and Europe have also utilized the Academy program as a scouting platform