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Why Crossfire Academy

Crossfire Premier is one of two clubs in Washington and four total in the Pacific Northwest to field U-15/16 and U-17/18 teams in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy--and of those four, Crossfire Premier is the only non-professional club. The Academy is a partnership between U.S. Soccer and the top youth clubs around the country to provide the best youth players in the U.S. with an everyday environment designed to produce the next generation of world-class players. The Academy’s programming philosophy is based on increased training, less total games and more competitive games.

The Academy also connects National Team coaches directly with the Academy clubs to develop and identify players and coaches for future Youth National Teams. Each Academy team is evaluated by a member of the Men’s Scouting Network at least 10 times each year and each Academy club receives two (2) formal evaluations that provide feedback in 100 categories each year from U.S. Soccer Technical Staff.

Already an elite program, competing at the highest possible level of youth soccer in the United States, Crossfire Premier offers even more for its Academy players, creating what we believe to be the best possible option for top players looking to develop into future college and/or professional players. Below are just some of the highlights that set the Crossfire Premier Academy apart.

 *   The Crossfire Premier Academy coaching staff includes an ex-professional head coach, current college head coach, three current college assistant coaches, multiple former professional players and four coaches who've led clubs as directors, giving our players a range of coaching experience and expertise second to none.

  *   Crossfire Premier operates an official affiliation with AS Roma of Serie A, one of the most recognized professional soccer clubs in the world. The affiliation includes a player identification program for top players interested in a professional career in Europe, as well as supplementary tournament and training opportunities in Europe. In the past year, Crossfire has sent more than 40 players to Europe for training and competitions.

  *   Crossfire Premier operates a comprehensive college preparation and placement program, which includes a unique interactive website guide to the recruiting process. With a nationwide reputation for developing collegiate soccer players and strong ties to college soccer programs across the United States, no other Academy club offers more assistance and guidance to its players looking to move on to NCAA soccer.

  *   Crossfire Academy coaches maintain a network of professional soccer relationships and contacts, which are utilized to provide top players with trials and other opportunities to move directly onto the professional level.

  *   As a non-MLS club in the Academy, Crossfire Academy players retain their professional rights. After their time in the Academy (and college) is done, Crossfire players do not fall into any Home Grown Player category and as such are free to explore professional opportunities with any clubs they choose--whether in North America or elsewhere.

  *   Crossfire Premier coaches follow a complete player-development program from the earliest ages of premier soccer on through the Academy, ensuring Crossfire players gain the technical skills and tactical awareness necessary for advancement to higher levels of play. Our program's success is demonstrated by the number of former Crossfire players who've gone on to great success at the college and professional level.

  *   Crossfire Premier has begun a new performance-training program, partnering with Force 10 Performance to provide its athletes access to professional, high-level training in a state-of-the-art facility, training meant to accelerate physical development and augment the Crossfire Academy’s team- and technical-training programs.

  *   Crossfire Premier Academy players follow a Code of Conduct that mirrors exactly the standards required at every one of the major professional academies in Europe. At Crossfire, it is believed that adherence to a clear standard of behavior and personal appearance is essential to the overall social, psychological and personality development of each player, which means players who emerge from the Crossfire Academy have developed as confident, upstanding young men, not only as soccer players.

  *   The Crossfire Premier Academy teams adhere to a club directive to maintain manageable roster sizes, so all Academy players see considerable game time over the course of the 10-month USSDA season. We believe it's vital for young players to play in games as part of their overall development.

  *   Crossfire Premier has a proven history of playing players in the Academy up one, two or even four years, when it is appropriate for the development of the player, regardless of whether it adversely affects the results of the younger team. In last year's Academy Playoffs, Crossfire had 7 players eligible for the U-15/16 Academy rostered to its U-17/18 team for playoffs.

  *   Crossfire Premier provides its Academy players with an Individual Player Development Plan and regular feedback and evaluations, enabling each player to concentrate on his personal development over the course of the season.

  *   Crossfire Premier has instituted a player leadership group and mentoring program within its Academy, teaching leadership qualities and lessons in individual accountability that will pay dividends for players long after their soccer careers are completed.

  *   Crossfire Premier maintains strong relationships with clubs in the local area, working together in the best interests of players and looking to extend Academy opportunities to deserving players across Washington State.

In sum, from first-class on-field player development to college placement and other opportunities for success beyond Academy soccer, Crossfire Premier remains the best Academy pathway for future college or professional players in the Northwest, and as the club's reputation across the country suggests, one of the best in the entire United States.

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