RSL Youth Development
Much like Real Salt Lake's first team, the RSL Youth Development System has quickly grown into one of the most respected programs not only in Major League Soccer, but in all of the United States. The RSL Youth Development program boasts branches in three states, including the Real Salt Lake–Arizona (RSL-AZ) Academy, the first soccer residency program affiliated with a Major League Soccer club. In addition to the RSL-Arizona Academy, Real Salt Lake nutures talent closer to home through its RSL Academy U12 team..
Real Salt Lake-Arizona Academy & Grande Sports Academy
Grande Sports Academy, home of the nationally recognized Real Salt Lake-Arizona Academy, is the only full-time residential academy affiliated with a Major League Soccer team. The academy concentrates on developing highly competitive soccer players to become outstanding young men both on and off the field. Grande Sports Academy has built an organization that sets the bar for excellence, winning the 2012-13 U.S. Soccer Development Academy U-15/16 National Championship, reaching the 2013-14 USSDA U-15/16 final and becoming one of only three teams in the country to reach the USSDA playoffs in every season since 2010-11 at both the U-15/16 and U-17/18 age groups. More »
Real Salt Lake U12 Academy
Summer/Fall 2014 Record: 35-6-5
The RSL U12s were first formed in spring 2014 as an eventual feeder program from Utah for Real Salt Lake’s celebrated U16 & U18 residential Academy teams in Arizona. This group of boys will eventually compete in the U14 U.S. Soccer Development Academy League in fall of 2016, at which time Real Salt Lake will keep a permanent U14 team in Utah.
After an intense week long tryouts in May 2014, the RSL U12s were formed with 14 full-time players and 4 reserves. The team is fully funded by Major League Soccer Real Salt Lake and competed in tournaments in California, Connecticut, Nevada & New York finishing the Summer/Fall season with a 35-6-5 record. Highlights included winning the LA Galaxy Coastal Classic and defeating the Long Island Rough Riders U12 Academy during the team’s East Coast swing with a great 5-3 victory. In addition, the team is currently in 1st place in the U12 Desert Premier Division, which features the best teams in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico & Utah.
The team is coached by RSL President Bill Manning, who holds a USSF A coaching license, and former professional indoor player Shane Jones. Players to watch include forward Charlie Retzer who scored an incredible 67 goals in 46 games, defender Charlie Gray who led the team in assists with 17 from his right back position and goalkeeper Cooper Gibson who boasted 17 shutouts and 1.39 goals against average.
2014 Real Salt Lake Youth Camps
Real Salt Lake Camps are tailored to players of all ages and skill levels. Promoting player development through technical proficiency and fundamental tactical awareness in a caring, supportive, and fun environment. All of our camps are designed for elite and recreational players, boys and girls, ages 3 to 18, campers will be put into a challenging environment that demands good training habits and encourages the development of the soccer player in a fun and rewarding experience. More »
Hey parents, there is no better gift to a young soccer star than a membership to the RSL Kids Club! Sign your kids up today for the RSL Kids Club presented by Zions Bank. All kids 14 and under are eligible join. The membership fee is just $5 - or you can open a Zions Bank Kidsgreen Savings for your child to get the membership fee waived. Simply visit any Zions Bank branch to sign up. Learn More »