The Charlotte Independence Soccer Club offers a Pre-Development Academy Program as a pre-cursor to our Development Academy which is the highest level of play for our boys here at the club. If you have any questions about this program, please contact Vinicius dos Santos at

Program Overview

The Charlotte Independence SC (CISC) Pre-Development Academy (PDA) follows the United States Development Academy (USDA) guidelines and platform offering a focused pathway on player development. 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 CISC Pre-Development Academy is a preparatory program for Boys Under 11 and Under 12 players, serving as an introduction for the DA program (philosophy, curriculum, methodologies and competition).

Pathway, Benefits & Fees

The PDA is the highest level of play for our U11 and U12 aged boys at the club. This program allows the player to see what is expected of them once they enter the competitive environment of the Development Academy here at the Charlotte Independence Soccer Club. The CISC PDA philosophy aims to create a representative environment of the game of soccer for individual players and teams that fosters learning, development and performance. The CISC PDA process incorporates consistent soccer specific training methodologies, a game based/game principled framework and meaningful competition (increased training to game ratio)

Our goal is to develop:

  • Well trained teams and players as opposed to pre-programmed children
  • Teach the why, what,  how, when, where and the importance of the context
  • Players and teams with autonomy and ownership
  • Players and teams that can express themselves within their play
  • Problem solving approach
  • Attractive and enjoyable soccer environment


  • Pathway to the Professional 1st Team
  • Licensed Coaching Staff
  • 10 Month Season
  • 3 Training Sessions a Week
  • Weekly Ratio: 03 Sessions to 01 Meaningful Game
  • Goalkeeping Specific Training
  • Tournament Participation
  • Personal Development Plans / Individual Player Evaluation
  • Training Center Sessions (extra training)
  • Carolina Development League (CDL) - Club Member

Fee Structure:

  • Club Fees (Training and Coaching)
  • Training Shirts
  • Uniform (Standard Uniform Packaging)
  • Referee Fees
  • This Fee Structure does not include:
    • Extra Uniform and Training Gear
    • Travel Expenses for League and Tournament Games
    • Tournament Team Entry Fees

2019-2020 Club Fees

Program Staff


PDA Director

PDA North Meck 11U & 12U

USSF A License

USC Premier Diploma

USC Director of Coaching Diploma


PDA East 11U Boys

USSF B License


PDA North 12U Boys

USSF C License

USC Advanced National


PDA North 11U Boys

USSF D License

FA Level 2



PDA South 12U Boys

USSF D License

Coerver Coaching Diploma


PDA South 11U Boys

USSF D License

Coerver Coaching Diploma



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