You have to fight to reach your dream. You have to sacrifice and work hard for it.
— Lionel Messi, Barcelona, Argentina
Offered for players U9–U12, by invitation only. Managed by a professional coaching staff, our D League program is geared towards:
The D League can be a bridge from Recreation League to Academy program for those interested.
Players are gradually introduced to a more competitive environment and a greater commitment level.
Players and parents get to experience travel soccer at a local level within NYC with less commitment than our academy, if they so choose.
Principles of Age Appropriate Development
US Soccer Curriculum
© 2011 U.S. Soccer Federation
We are committed to the long term development of players in our system. We believe that players develop at various stages and we encourage a healthy attitude towards growing as a player and person. 'I am DUSC' is a set of values that we aim to instill in our players throughout their journey. Our coaches and staff bring many years of experience and various cultures to our organization. Using best practices from across the world, we have molded our approach to teaching into what we call the 'DUSC Way'. This approach is unique to our environment in NYC and our culture as a club.
Pre-pubescent players from these ages have a special ability to learn. Therefore, this is the right age to work on specific soccer techniques and skills. Developing good technique is essential at this age.
1v1 and 2v1 attacking and defending situations are important to develop individual skills as well as the passing techniques to develop the necessary team game.
Small-sided games are used to develop basic attacking and defensive principles. Other important aspects of tactical training are possession, combination play, transition and finishing in the final third, as well as zonal defending. Players will rotate in two or three different positions to avoid early specialization.
Speed, coordination, balance and agility are the main physical aspects to improve at this stage.
Teams will compete in leagues with no scores or standings. Our emphasis is on players improving, not winning games at this stage.
U9–U10: 7 v 7
U11–U12: 9 v 9
Teams - 2019/20
|U9||B2011 Dev - Blue||7 v 7||CJSL||4||Maxi Ojeda|
|U9||B2011 Dev - Orange||7 v 7||CJSL||4||Nico Brunstein|
|U10||B2010 Dev - Blue||7 v 7||CJSL||4||Juan Lemos|
|U10||B2010 Dev - Orange||7 v 7||CJSL||4||Kimani Evans|
|U11||B2009 Dev - Blue||9 v 9||CJSL||4||Alvaro Acosta|
|U12||B2008 Dev||9 v 9||CJSL||4||Chris Braga|