FOXBOROUGH, Mass. | The New England Revolution Academy has announced the launch of the Revolution Development League for the U-12 age group, set to kick off with seven New England-based clubs on Sept. 7.
The Revolution Development League, sanctioned and supported by US Club Soccer, is structured to promote high-level localized competition, professional training and game day experience from the leading clubs in the area, while strengthening the connection with the local MLS Academy through coaching education. The league will feature 8-10 regionalized games in New England in both the fall and spring seasons, featuring crossover weekend games with other MLS development leagues. The competition will also involve tournament weekends for outside competition.
“We’re incredibly excited for this opportunity to expand youth development within the New England region while working alongside the leading clubs,” said Gary Hall, Revolution Development League Director. “We hope that this innovative league will raise the level of competition across all of the clubs involved and further solidify the connection between the Revolution and our neighboring clubs. Sanctioning with US Club Soccer was a natural choice, as our organizations’ missions are aligned.”
The seven clubs participating from the New England region in the ground-breaking league include Bayside FC, Boston Bolts, Global Premier Soccer, NEFC, Oakwood SC, Seacoast United and Valeo FC. Participants born on or after Jan. 1, 2008 are eligible to play in the U-12 games, while those born in 2009 are also able to qualify.
The league will help bolster U-12 Generation adidas Cup access, with any affiliate club having the opportunity to compete in the Thanksgiving Day weekend tournament this upcoming fall. The Revolution will also host up to three U-12 Training Centers throughout the year, with locations to rotate between clubs and the New England Revolution Training Facility, set to open in Foxborough this summer.
Player registration will open on Monday, July 15 and will close on Saturday, Aug. 31. Additional registration information will be communicated at a later date on revolutionsoccer.net.
A National Association member of the U.S. Soccer Federation, US Club Soccer fosters the growth and development of soccer clubs in order to create the best possible environment for players of all ages.
Anchored by Players First and its five pillars of Club Development, Coaching Development, Player Development, Parent Engagement & Education and Player Health & Safety, US Club Soccer offers registration, league- and cup-based competition platforms, player identification and a variety of other programming, resources and services.
US Club Soccer is sponsored by Nike and supported by LaLiga through a technical partnership.