Developmental Academy Program

Sporting Tampa Bay FC Developmental Academy is specifically designed to offer younger players a higher level of soccer training at an early age in a fun and age appropriate way. By teaching players “the right way” to play the game early on –  with a focus on teaching technical skills and promoting a passion for the game – it will lead to many more years of enjoyment and success on the field for them.

For the 2020-21 season, The DA Program will accept children born in calendar years 2013-2014-2015. Teams will be split up primarily according to the child’s age, but this division will also be flexible according to the skill. The intent is to provide your child a safe, positive, motivating environment where he/she can develop their team and individual skills.


Why should I put my child on the Developmental Academy Program?

DA brings in the experience and training of our competitive coaches without the travel commitment. Based on survey feedback from parents, the DA Program has proven to be a forum for kids to experience a higher-level of soccer training and development, while still incorporating the positive and fun experience normally associated with recreational soccer.
Again, the focus is on training, development and FUN! Parent surveys indicated that the kids involved in DA were even more excited about soccer at the end of the year and they did not want the season to end. The kids enjoyed not only the game, but also looked forward to training sessions. Parents stated they could not believe what their child had learned and how much fun they had doing it. Although the training and coaching is a much higher level than typical rec soccer, it is done in a very positive and age appropriate manner. There is no “stress” involved for the kids, coaches or parents.
It is important to emphasize that the DA Program is not about winning, losing, team A versus team B, trophies, etc. It is all about individual player development and fostering a passion for the beautiful game of soccer.

Training Staff

Coaching certification begins with Grassroots certification through U.S. Soccer. From there, coaches can obtain National United State Soccer Federation (USSF) licenses ‘D’,‘C’,‘B’ and finally to the coveted ‘A’ and Pro licenses. All coaches training your children are USSF licensed coaches and are part of the STBFC Competitive Training Staff.

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Season Practice and Match Schedule

  • Practices will be 6-7:15PM, two nights per week, beginning in October
  • Games will be played on Fridays from October-February
  • Games will be played at WC District Park

Cost and Registration

  • Registration Fee: $165- plus $10 Park Fee
    • Cost covers lights, equipment and park fees
  • Training Fees: $255 – total split up over 2 months beginning on 10/1/2020.
    • Cost covers admin fees to run DA program and coach training fees.
      • Training season from October 2020 to Feb 2021; including 2 sessions a week for a total of 2.5 hours/week with United States Soccer Federation and/or European professional soccer organization Licensed competitive coaches.
      • 14 regular season Friday night games;  Opportunity for additional scrimmage games, if desired; all at WCDP
      • End of the Year Academy tournament Other “friendly” tournaments, if desired by parents
      • 2 Adidas jerseys (one red, one white), one game Short (black), 1 black game Sock, 1 club practice T with, logo.

Frequently Asked Questions

Development Academy players are evaluated and identified through a series of evaluation sessions.  This is not a tryout and is not meant to eliminate or select players.  This evaluation is used to identify a players strengths and weaknesses so the coaches can decide how best to organize and train them.

  • When? 
    Free clinics to be held in June & July for all interested DA players. Dates & times are TBA.
  • Where?
  • All Sessions will be held at the Wesley Sporting District Park.  Please check in by the concession stand building next to the fields.
  • What age is DA and at what age does competitive start?
    Our academy program starts at u6 and goes through u8, which is children born in 2012-2013-2014 calendar years.  The regular competitive soccer program starts at U9.
  • Does the program separate the boys and girls?
    Yes, there will be distinct programs for boys and girls, with separate training and games.
  • How do I register my child?
    Click Here to register.

For more information, please contact:

Stuart Campbell

Director of Player and Coaching Development