Empire United Soccer Academy




Can players still play school/other sports if chosen for the Pre-Academy Program?

Yes!  These training sessions are 1x per week, mostly on Sundays.  Most Modified school sports do not have a heavy commitment on weekends which will allow for them to be a part of the PDA while participating in school sports.


How are the players chosen for the Pre-Academy Program?

Players are constantly evaluated by Empire United Club coaches in their every-day team environment.  Coaches and DOCs of Empire clubs and affiliates recommend players to the DA Directors.  The PDA Staff itself watches players in their normal training environment, in leagues and tournaments, as well as in current phases of the PDA.  Prior to each phase the DA Directors invite the top performing 15-20 players from each birth year to attend that phase of the PDA.  Between phases new players are invited based on performance and work ethic in their club environment.


Why is there no programing from March through August?

From March to August youth players of the ages we train for the PDA are overloaded with matches and training as the weather turns nice.  Beacause of the increased demand physically and mentally the PDA takes a break during this time period, helping to avoid burnout and injuries from fatigue.

To maintain contact with players during the Spring period the Boys Development Academy runs Empire Training Centers to maintain contact with the players during this busy schedule, while also not overloading players.  In July of 2019 the Boys DA will run the first ever "Summer Phase" of the PDA.  The Summer Phase will consist of one session per week during the month of July.  The Summer Phase will be part of the curriculum for the 2019-2020 season, with invites going out prior, during, and after Empire United Club Team tryouts.


Do the players play any matches or in any events?

Yes, we select PDA teams to attend events and play friendlies, representing Empire United DA.  Here are the events being attended by our PDA for 2018-19:

  • Players Development Academy u12 DA Friendlies (NJ) - October 5-7 (Zone 1 Team)
  • US Soccer Eastern Regional DA Showcase (NC) - October 13-15 (Zone 2: u13 & u14 Teams)
  • Toronto FC Friendly (Toronto, Canada) - October 20 (Zone 1 Team)
  • Push Yourself Futsal Showcase (Rochester, NY) - January 5 & 6 (u11, u12, u13, u14 Teams)
  • MLK Friendly (Rochester, NY) - January 21 (Zone 1 Team)
  • Internationals Friendlies (Columbus, OH) - March 9 (u11, u12, u13, u14 Teams)