North Carolina FC Academy / NC Courage Academy

Program Information

North Carolina FC Boys Development Academy (DA) is a member of the US Soccer Development Academy Program.  The US DA Program is the highest level of soccer for youth male soccer players in the United States. The DA Program connects US Soccer National Team coaches directly with Academy teams to help identify and develop future Youth National Team (YNT) players and coaches.  John Bradford is the Academy Director of the North Carolina FC Boys Development Academy Program.

ID Sessions & Trials

Interested players may attend open ID Sessions throughout the year.  Specific DA Trials are held in Spring and are invitation-only.

ID Sessions



Boys born in 2007-1999 are eligible for the DA.


DA teams play 10 months out of the year, and players must have full participation throughout the whole year.

Training & Game Schedule (tentative - and specific per age group and Development Academy Standards)

April 2017  Trials for 2017-2018 season  Feb.- June Spring divisional games start  
August 2017 4x/week trainings start April Trials for 2018-2019 Season 
Sept.-Nov. 2017 Fall divisional games start (10-15 games) June Playoffs/Showcase 
Dec. 2017 DA Winter Showcase July 2018National Finals 


Location and Fields

Del Sol (12's), North (12's-14's) Programs Teams will train primarily at WRAL Soccer Center.

South (12's-14's) will train in coordination between Mills Park, Middle Creek, Thomas Brooks Park, WakeMed Soccer Park, and WRAL Soccer Center.

Pro Academy (15's-19's) will train at WRAL Soccer Center and at Thomas Brooks Park.

North Carolina FC Youth DA Program is a part of the Southeast DA Academy Region and will play divisional games against: 
AFC Lightning (U13 & U14 only)
Armada FC Pro Academy (U15 & U16/17 only)
Atlanta United (U13, U14, U15, U16/17, U18/19)
Boca United FC (U15, U16/17, U18/19)

Carolina Rapids (U12-U18/19)
Chargers SC (U15, U16/17, U18/19)
Charlotte Soccer Academy (U12-U18/19)
Charlotte Soccer Academy North (U12 only)

Concorde Fire  (U13, U14, U15, U16/17, U18/19)
Discoveries Soccer Club (U12 only)
IMG Academy (U15, U16/17, U18/19)
ISL FC (U12, U13, U14 only)

Kendall SC (U15, U16/17, U18/19)
Lanier Soccer Association (U13 & U14 only)

North Atlanta Soccer Association (U13 & U14 only)
North Carolina Fusion (U12-U18/19)

Orlando City SC (U15, U16/17, U18/19)
Southern Soccer Academy (U13 & U14 only)
TBU Rowdies (U15 only)
United Futbol Academy (U15 & U16/17 only)

Weston FC (U15, U16/17, U18/19)

Club Fee

Age GroupClub Fee


Each NCFC Youth DA team will have a head, assistant, goalkeeper and performance coach. 

DA Coaching Staff


NCFC Youth DA teams will participate in US Soccer Development Academy sanctioned events and other approved USSF domestic or international events. 

Outside Competition

US Development Academy Program players are not permitted to participate in middle or high school soccer, Olympic Development Program (ODP) or other non-DA program training/identification programs.

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US Youth National Teams

The former Capital Area RailHawks - CASL, Triangle Futbol Club Alliance, and CASL Chelsea FC Development Academy Programs have a strong history of developing and producing US Soccer Youth National Team Players.  Player production at the youth international level is one of the primary goals of the NCFC Youth Development Academy Program.

National Team Player Selections

Contact Us

Questions? Please contact North Carolina FC Academy Director John Bradford, at [email protected]

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