The Charlotte Independence Soccer Club will offer combined Development Academy programs for 13-19U in both the North and South regions. The Charlotte Independence professional staff will be overseeing the program and Kevin Flanagan will be the DA Director.

Questions about joining the US Soccer Development Academy? Contact Kevin at Academy@IndependenceSoccer.Club.

Program Overview

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 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.

Pathway, Benefits & Fees

11-12U Pre Development Academy: The Pre Development Academy program through Charlotte Independence Soccer Club kicks off the pathway for our players interested in the Pro Development Academy teams.  It serves as an introduction into the curriculum, competition and DA philosophy. The Charlotte Independence Soccer Club will have PDA programs for our 11U and 12U Boys in Matthews, Ft. Mill/Rock Hill, North Meck and Gaston/Steele Creek. This program is a 10 month program with three training sessions a week, CDL game scheduling, and USSDA sanctioned tournaments/showcases. The coach minimum requirements are the same as the full Development Academy program with coaches needing an A or B license.

13-14U Development Academy: For the 13U and 14U age groups, Charlotte Independence will have two programs—Independence North and Independence South. The teams will participate in a 10-month program with full USSDA programming including mandated curriculum with four training sessions a week, video analysis, professional environment and talent identification opportunities through league play and sanctioned events. The season will begin in August and end in June with a break during December and January. The focus on club training environments by US Soccer restricts the players’ opportunity to participate in outside activities including non-sanctioned tournaments and other sports.

15-19U Pro Development Academy: Our 15U and up boys will come together into one Development Academy program under the Charlotte Independence Soccer Club. This is the next step in the pathway to the Independence First Team. The Charlotte Independence staff will provide support and oversight creating direct identification opportunities for our players.

Teams will train 4 times a week including a Sports Performance session and can expect 16-30 games including 6-9 games in showcases. Training sessions will be held in Matthews (1 session) and Huntersville/Cornelius (3 sessions).

Visual Pathway

Program Benefits:

  • A Licensed coaching staff
  • College coaches on staff
  • College recruiting advisor
  • Pathway to the 1st Team (Pro team)
  • More training hours
  • 10 month season
  • Full time Fitness staff
  • Team Travel (Hotels, Buses, Flights)**Excludes PDA and end of the year showcase/nationals
  • Performance tracking software
  • Match film and analysis
  • Personal Development Plans
  • Full time Athletic Trainer
  • Nutrition Specialists
  • 35-40 games a season

2019-20 Program Fees

Program Staff
Pro Academy 15-19U


Academy Director – Kevin Flanagan | 18/19U – Coach Kevin Flanagan, Assistant Dom Wren | 17U – Jeff Bilyk, Assistant Jason Osborne | 16U – Kevin Flanagan, Assistant Jonas Richardson | 15U – Jeff Bilyk, Assistant Brian Edwards 

Goalkeeper Director – Scott Schweitzer | GK Staff Coach – Nate Walzer

Individual Development Coach - Alex Martinez

Independence North 13-14U
Independence South 13-14U

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