You have to fight to reach your dream. You have to sacrifice and work hard for it. 
— Lionel Messi, Barcelona, Argentina

Level:  Intermediate

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


Frequently Asked Questions

Player Resources

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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

Division Team Format League Ball Head Coach
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

How is the selection process handled?

Returning players Players are assessed each year on the 3As (Attitude, Attendance + Ability).  The coach will make a determination whether a player should continue the following year.  

New players If you are interested in trying out, please register for Academy tryouts in May 2019.  We will be posting tryout dates in March. We also have ongoing assessments in our Recreation League and Classes + Clinics and make recommendations for the D League.

How will I be contacted on whether or not my child was selected?

Players that have been selected for an additional tryout will be contacted via email to coordinate a second tryout date during a team training session. Those who neither make the Academy nor were asked to try out for the D League program will receive an email that includes alternate soccer opportunities at DUSC where your child can improve his or her skills in an appropriate environment.

What are the fees and what do they cover?

Club dues The fee for 2019/20 is still being finalized. It will be approximately $2100+/-, which covers the full commitment for the fall, winter and spring seasons. Each season has one practice per weekday which will most likely be indoors during the spring and winter season. League games will take place on the weekend for the fall and spring season only.

The fees cover a variety of program costs including but not limited to: professional coaching fees, referee fees, office/admin staff and administrative fees, equipment costs, field/gym rental space where applicable, etc. Club dues do not cover uniform fees.

Uniform kit The uniform kit is purchased on a two year cycle. 2019–20 is a NEW two year cycle and ALL players are required to purchase new kits which include: Adidas home and away jersey, Adidas shorts and socks, two practice Adidas shirts, one practice Adidas shorts, Adidas sweat suit and Adidas back pack. 

Do you offer financial assistance?

DUSC is an inclusive community and offers financial assistance for players identified that show talent, commitment, and have need. For more information on our scholarship program, click here.  

How often do players practice?  

D League players train one day during the week in the fall, winter and spring season. Unfortunately, practice days and times vary and are dependent on park permits. We will not have official times for practices until approximately one month prior to the season beginning. Also unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that the day of the week will be the same from season to season due to permit availability.

What is the game format on the weekends?

We participate in the Cosmopolitan Junior Soccer League (CJSL) which is the local league affiliate of our state association.

Where do you practice?

For the outdoor season, we have permit space at Pier 40, JJ Walker, Chelsea Waterside, Chelsea Park, Roosevelt Island, Randalls Island, Brooklyn Bridge Park among other locations for practice during the fall and spring. Games can vary due to method of competition on the weekends. Practice space in the winter months vary due to field permits and gym rentals and are throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn and other parts of NYC.

When does the season begin and end? 

The mandatory fall season runs September 3 – December 15.

The mandatory winter season begins January 1 – March 8.

The mandatory spring season runs March 9 – June 14.  

What is the commitment level? 

All players are required to attend all practices and games throughout the year. We understand that there may be conflicts at times and ask that coaches be notified in advance with a reason why the child will be missing. A high percentage of attendance must be kept; otherwise players are in jeopardy of losing their spot. There is a waitlist for players in each of the age groups and we believe it is important for the development of the player to attend all practice sessions.

When are practice schedules released?  

 Unfortunately, we do not own our fields and we are at the mercy of the various permitting bodies and schools from which we rent facilities to release their final permits. We have a good idea of usage based on historic usage, but there are various tweaks which change our structure. Each season will probably be different in terms of the day(s) of the week and times for training for each respective team. We have different permits/rentals each season and have to try and accommodate the many teams we have within the club. Typically, Fall schedules will be released in July, Winter schedules are released in early December, and Spring schedules are released in February. Fields and gym space are one of the biggest challenges we face living in NYC.

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