Update on Boys Development Academy in NorCal?

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    Any word on who the additions/subtractions will be for the different age groups? I would imagine the announcements will come out soon..
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    For the Bay Area? SJEQ, De Anza, Ballistic and Silicon Valley have been there for some time. I cant imagine any of these being subtracted.
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    They added San Jose Surf Soccer Club to U12.

    Mustang SC (valley)
    San Francisco Elite Academy (bay area)
    San Francisco Glens Evolution (bay area)
    Star Academy FC (bay area)

    were given U13. It's a big expansion in bay area side.
    Since U13 plays 11v11, all 10 clubs will have to find enough talent to fill 16 (min) to 20 (min) roster.

    Most of U12 teams had an equal number of 06 and 07 players. 3-7 additional players will be needed for all 10 clubs in the Bay Area side further diluting Norcal.
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    Next up they will get rid of the u13/14s as well.
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    And then they will change back to the old birth years. It's coming back!
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    Not sure about the old birth years coming back (that would be pretty wild), but I'm surprised that norcalpremier is keeping the tryout window for the youngers in May. I believe it hurt the spring/summer tournament circuit.
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    MLS clubs consider leaving the Development Academy
    Nico Romeijn, U.S. Soccer’s Chief Sport Development Officer, has confirmed that MLS clubs are considering pulling out of the Development Academy.
    “There's always a possibility,” said Romeijn when asked whether U.S. Soccer may be faced with playing its 2019-2020 season without MLS clubs participating in its Development Academy, which was launched in 2007 for the nation’s elite players. “We're still talking with MLS. …

    “It's possible, because we're not governing MLS. But the thing we are really focused on is that alignment of the pathway. As you know, our landscape is quite fragmented. It's really important for us to have that alignment, so when we think about player development we think about, ‘OK, maybe it's good to have pro competition and then the other clubs.’”

    Exactly how MLS would operate its youth competition outside of the DA is unclear, but its issues with the DA format include the widening gap of quality between MLS clubs and amateur clubs, and the DA’s restrictions on outside competition, such as international play.

    Last year, U.S. Soccer responded to complaints from MLS clubs’ about traveling long distances to play against teams that don’t offer meaningful competition. It decreased the number of DA games on the schedule and created “free weekends” for clubs to choose their own competition, such as against foreign teams. The DA has also for years allowed MLS clubs to compete in the Generation adidas Cup.

    “One of the things [the MLS clubs] really like to do is play against international opponents,” said Romeijn. “And, of course, that's a really good benchmark when you're talking about player development.

    “Then we say, of course, we will look at the schedule and we will give you the opportunities. It's the same when you're looking at the Generation [adidas] Cup they organize.”

    For some MLS clubs, the free weekends provided so far aren’t enough to satisfy their quest to take international trips or they fall during inconvenient times of the year.

    Romeijn says he can envision MLS continuing in the DA with a different format in which MLS clubs are given more flexibility. But …

    “There are, of course, limitations,” said Romeijn. “One cannot say, all 23 clubs, give your schedule and we will adapt. That's impossible. Because you cannot build a competition on that."

    An example of adjusting the DA schedule to please MLS clubs would be to allow, within the DA structure, more games between MLS clubs.

    “You can imagine Philadelphia and Red Bulls,” Romeijn said, “and they say, OK, not only two but four of these games are really valuable for them when you're looking at player development. And that's what we want to do. Focus on player development.”

    Because of the investment required to travel in a country as large as the USA, it would be difficult to imagine MLS creating its own type of youth leagues similar to Mexico's Liga MX, in which U-17 and U-20 travel with the first team to play in a national youth league that mirrors first-team competition. More likely, MLS academies could design a combination of national, local and international competition for their youth teams, and perhaps combine with USL youth programs.

    Alternatives to MLS pulling all of its teams out of the DA include keeping its younger teams in the DA and MLS creating its own competition for the older age groups. The DA, for its part, could propose a tiered format based on the quality of its clubs to placa

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