Offered for players U7–U19.  Managed by a professional coaching staff, our Academy is geared towards the complete development of high level players looking to progress to the collegiate level and beyond. 

Former DUSC players have gone on to compete for professional academies, US Youth National Teams, and collegiate programs across Division I, II, III and Junior College.  We are proud of our player pathways and treat each player with respect and value our relationships. 

Age Groups

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Pre-Academy – U7-U8

Format: 4 v 4 (No league play, in house)

Very young players from this age love to play. Everything in this age range is rooted in fostering a love for the game while building basic technical skills.

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Academy – U9-U12


  • U9–U10: 7 v 7
  • U11–U12: 9 v 9

Pre-pubescent players from these ages have a special ability to learn. Therefore, this is the right age to work on specific soccer techniques and skills. Developing good technique is essential at this age.

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Academy – U13-U14

Format: 11 v 11

At this stage, training sessions are oriented more toward tactics. Players must also practice all different types of techniques at this stage.


Academy – U15-U19

Format: 11 v 11

Tactical training and small-sided games are an essential part of the training at this stage. Attacking and defending principles must be part of all games. Important aspects of the tactical training are speed of play, quick transition, counter attacking and finishing in the final third, as well as pressing.




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All players will be given an identification number at tryouts for evaluation purposes. Coaches and staff will evaluate all players and make selections based on ability and specific team needs. Coaches and staff will review evaluations collectively following the final tryout and make determinations on team selection.

Players may receive an acceptance letter via email or an email that they have been selected for an additional tryout to attend during the current academy team training session. Those who do not make the program will receive an email that includes alternate soccer opportunities at DUSC where your child can improve his or her skills in an appropriate environment. 

Club Dues: Club dues vary. For the 2021/22 season the range is between $2,500-$3,500 dependent on age and level, which cover a variety of program costs including but not limited to: professional coaching fees, referee fees, tournament registration fees, office/admin staff and administrative fees, equipment costs, field/gym rental space where applicable, other. Club dues do not cover uniform fees.

Uniform Kit: The uniform kit is purchased on a two year cycle.  2021-2022 is the start of a new two year cycle. All players, including newly added players throughout this new cycle, will be ordering new kits: Adidas home and away jersey, Adidas shorts and socks, two practice Adidas shirts, one practice Adidas shorts, Adidas sweat suit and Adidas backpack.

DUSC is an inclusive community and offers financial assistance for players identified that show talent, commitment, and have need. For more information on our scholarship program, click here. 

Academy players train two-three days during the week in the fall and spring season and two days during the week in the winter. Unfortunately practice days and times vary and are dependent on park permits. We will not have official times for practices until approximately one month prior to the season beginning.  Unfortunately we cannot guarantee that the day of the week will be the same from season to season due to permit availability.  

U7-U11 train 2-3 days per week

U12-U19 train 3 days per week

We participate in a number of different leagues dependent on the age and level.  CJSL is our local boys’ league.  NYCSL is our local girls’ league. Our top teams play in regional league competition throughout NY, NJ and CT in EDP.  Game locations and times vary and may be played on Saturday and/or Sundays. Teams will enter various tournaments throughout the year with a schedule released prior to the season. 

For the outdoor season, we have permit space at Pier 40, JJ Walker, Chelsea Waterside, Chelsea Park, Roosevelt Island, Randalls Island, Brooklyn Bridge Park among other locations for practice during the fall and spring.  Games can vary due to method of competition on the weekends.  Practice space in the winter months vary due to field permits and gym rentals and are throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn and other parts of nyc. 

The academy program is essentially a ten month commitment from the last week in August through the second week of June. The year is broken up into three seasons, fall, winter and spring.  

U7 - U8 Begins September 3rd

U9 - U14 Begins August 26th (Pre-season)

U15 - U19 Begins September 3rd

All players are required to attend all practices and games throughout the year.  We understand that there may be conflicts at times and ask that coaches be notified in advance with a reason why the child will be missing.  A high percentage of attendance must be kept; otherwise players are in jeopardy of losing their spot.  There is a waitlist for players in each of the academy age groups and we believe it is important for the development of the player to attend all stated programs. 

Unfortunately, we do not own our fields and we are at the mercy of the various permitting bodies and schools that from which we rent facilities to release their final permits. We have a good idea of usage based on historic usage, but there are various tweaks which change our structure. Each season will probably be different in terms of the day(s) of the week and times for training for each respective team. We have different permits/rentals each season and have to try and accommodate the many teams we have within the club. Typically, Fall schedules will be released in July, Winter schedules are released in early December, and Spring schedules are released in February. Fields and gym space are one of the biggest challenges we face living in NYC. 

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