RSL-Arizona/Grande Sports Academy
Between its 2012-2013 U.S. Soccer Developmental Academy U-16 national championship, qualifying for the Academy playoffs on the U-16 and U-18 levels in every year of its existence, and its players’ constant presence on U.S. Soccer’s Youth National Teams, it is no wonder that the Real Salt Lake-Arizona Academy is widely considered one of the top youth academies in the country.
As a testament to its success, every RSL-Arizona Academy graduate has been offered a college scholarship or has signed a professional contract. In 2013, 45 Academy graduates played Division I and Division II college soccer, with 19 graduates participating in the 2013 NCAA College Cup tournament. Six RSL-Arizona Academy products have graduated to the RSL first team since 2010, with five others signing with other professional clubs both in the U.S. and abroad. The RSL-Arizona Academy’s excellence has also been noticed by U.S. Soccer, as seven RSL-AZ products have been called up to U.S. Youth National Teams in 2014.
For the 2014-2015 academic year, the Real Salt Lake-Arizona Academy plans on boosting its enrollment for full-time residential academy players, with the evaluation process beginning with player identification and tryouts in April and continuing through July. Are you the next Real Salt Lake prospect? Learn more about the Real Salt Lake-Arizona Academy full-time residential program and Grande Sports World by visiting GrandeSports.com or the “Youth” section of RealSaltLake.com.
Grande Sports Academy offers focused residential soccer camps throughout the year where campers are coached by nationally and internationally recognized soccer coaches who played at the highest levels – international, national teams and MLS, play on professionally manicured soccer fields, train in the 58,000 state of the art performance center and are challenged each day to improve technically, tactically, physically and mentally.
The goal of the RSL-AZ Academy is straightforward – to teach the next generation of potential Real Salt Lake players how to train and play “the RSL way” while providing them with a quality education both on and off the field. The RSL-AZ Academy is located on the campus of Grande Sports World in Casa Grande, AZ and is the only residential academy in the United States that’s affiliated with a Major League Soccer team.
Real Salt Lake Youth Academy tryouts will consist of several game practices and exercises designed to show the coaching staff your range of ability, skills, speed, soccer IQ and athleticism. It is an informal session, aimed at giving players the opportunity to display their talent and to obtain an assessment of their potential from a Real Salt Lake Academy Staff Coach.
The Grande Sports Academy coaching staff embraces the unique Real Salt Lake philosophy of training and is recognized nationally and internationally for their professional playing and coaching experience. They have all played and coached at the highest levels, international, national teams, MLS, and collegiate. Their commitment and dedication is to youth development, training, and coaching. The success of the Real Salt Lake – Arizona Academy is a testimony to their ability to transform talented soccer players in to outstanding competitive players.
Real Salt Lake has many youth programs to suit the needs of youth players of all ages. Please let us know which program you would like more information about: RSL Youth Camps, RSL Utah U-17 Team, RSL-Arizona Academy.