The two younger age groups will be added starting in the fall of 2013.
The new division will consist of current Academy clubs as well as possibly adding in new club from around the U.S.
“We started the Development Academy to improve player development on all levels, and adding a competitive structure to the U-13/14 age group is an important next step in this long-term process,” said Development Academy Director of Scouting Tony Lepore on U.S. Soccer's official website.
“The U-13/14 age group is at a very crucial stage in their development. Applying the overall philosophy of the Academy to the U-13/14 age group will allow us to continue to shift the focus of the young elite player to meaningful training and competition.”
The Development Academy system is entering its sixth year with the 2012-2013 season set to kick off the weekend of Sept. 8.
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