Detroit City FC

October 26, 2022

Detroit City FC is excited to announce its new USL Academy Program! The format will be aligned with the development standards of the USL that will include player pools for U13, U15, and U20, both on the boys and girls sides. Players who join the USL player pathway will still retain their registration status with their current youth club while participating in the Academy Program.

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ELIGIBILITY Eligible birth years include: U13 = 2010 and younger, U15 = 2009-2008, and U20 = 2007-2003

U13 and U15 player pools will consist of ONLY Detroit City FC youth players, (i.e. City, Downriver, Genesee, South Oakland, and West). Selected players will compete in the USL Academy Cup, March 28-April 2 in Tampa, FL. Player pools will train once a week at the Detroit City Fieldhouse on Friday evenings, December-March. Apart from regular Friday trainings, there will be additional training sessions and friendly matches in the month of March in preparation for the USL Academy Cup.

U20 player pools will be open to the best players in the region who will compete in the USL Academy League, (June-August) throughout the Midwest region. Players selected to the player pool will train once a week at the Detroit City Fieldhouse on Friday evenings, December-May. There will be added training sessions and friendly matches leading up to and during the USL Academy League season.

TRYOUTS APPLICATION Tryouts are Sunday, November 6th and Sunday, November 13th at Keyworth Stadium. All players interested must complete the application. Invitations and timing for tryouts will be sent out beginning Monday, October 31st to players who have applied. More details can be found in the application.


“The Detroit City FC academy creates the developmental phase of our football pyramid and is a huge step towards creating a meaningful professional pathway for our local players,” Said Trevor James, General Manager and Head Coach of Detroit City FC. “Having a pre-professional tier that compliments and elevates the level of our first teams in our club is the structure needed for us to cultivate local talent.”

During the summer months, the U20 academy teams will be positioned as the second teams to the men’s USL Championship team and the women’s USL W League team. The development standards of USL Academy competition will open up opportunities for selected local youth players, who are identified as being ready to take the next step, to be integrated within the first team environments.

"This is a big step for our youth system and player pathway," said Tyler McManus, Director of Youth Development at Detroit City FC. "It is our goal to provide a professional training environment for these players to develop within our club's philosophy and style of play. It will be very exciting to see further integration between the academy program and our men's and women's first teams. We hope to prepare these players for their respective USL competitions in 2023 as well as the next step within their soccer careers."

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