WHAT BIRTH YEARS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR THE DISCOVERY PROGRAM?
For the 2023/24 Fall/Winter, the Discovery Program is for boys born in 2010 thru 2012
For the 2024 Spring Season, the Discovery Program is for boys born in 2011, 2012 & 2013
ARE THERE OPEN TRY-OUTS FOR PLAYERS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE DISCOVERY PROGRAM?
There are no open tryouts for players to be selected to participate in the Discovery Program.
WHAT IF MY PLAYER IS OLDER AND WANTS TO BE SCOUTED BY FCC ACADEMY?
The Discovery Program is for players born in 2010 thru 2013. To be considered for an academy trial, please send a letter of recommendation and recent game footage to email@example.com. If the staff feel your player meets the standards of a potential FCC Academy player, correspondence between the player’s club and family will begin to arrange a trial opportunity.
HOW ARE PLAYERS INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM?
FC Cincinnati Academy staff will scout local club games and work with local soccer club Technical Directors on player recommendations. Once a player is scouted or recommended, the player will be sent an invitation to participate in the program.
CAN I PARTICIPATE IF MY CLUB WILL NOT SEND A RECOMMENDATION?
If a club Technical Director does not send in a player recommendation, players may send game footage and recommendations from other club coaches. After reviewing any video, if the player observed meets key qualities for an FCC Academy/Discovery Program invite, FC Cincinnati Staff will attempt to contact the club Technical Director.
If no response is received from the player’s club within 7 days, FC Cincinnati may invite the player in directly.
Clubs reserve the right to withhold player contact information, however, if FC Cincinnati believes the player is capable of, and deserves the opportunity to be in the Discovery Program, we will contact the player and include the player’s current club representative on all correspondence.
FC Cincinnati believes it is in the best interests of all youth clubs to work together to provide developmental opportunities for players in our region.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF PARTICIPATING IN THE DISCOVERY PROGRAM?
The Discovery Program offers an advanced training, designed to help players maximize their potential.
Using a comprehensive and diverse curriculum the coaching staff will use training sessions to help players learn aspects of their game which they need to develop to become better players. The program is also used as an early player identification tool for future Pre-Academy Teams.
HOW DO I KNOW IF MY SON HAS BEEN INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM?
Invitations are usually sent within seven days of receiving the player’s contact information. All invitations are sent out, at least, 10 days prior to the first session of the program. If a player is scouted or a recommendation comes after the start of the first session the player will still receive an invitation to join for the remaining sessions.
ARE THERE ANY FEES ASSOCIATED WITH THE PROGRAM?
The program is free of charge for those invited. Players are responsible for travel to and from the training sessions or games if they are on the schedule.
DO PLAYERS HAVE TO ATTEND ALL TRAINING SESSIONS?
It is preferred that players attend all of the Discovery Training Sessions to help the staff get the best evaluation of a player. If a player has a conflict with a club training session or game, we expect the club session to take a priority.
WILL PARTICIPATING PLAYERS GET THE OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE IN AN MLS NEXT GAMES/EVENTS?
All players will remain registered with their club teams and will continue to train/play matches with their club. Any high performing players within the program may receive an invite to play/train with the FC Cincinnati Pre-Academy teams. FC Cincinnati Academy Staff will contact the players club before inviting the player to participate in Pre-Academy games/training.
Friendly games may be added to the schedule for selected Discovery Program players to participate in.
CAN PLAYERS BE RELEASED FROM THE DISCOVERY PROGRAM TRAINING SESSIONS IF THEY DON’T MEET THE STANDARDS?
Players may not be invited back to participate in the Spring Season following the Fall training sessions. FCC Academy Staff will provide a list of the players that will be invited back to the Spring training sessions. However at anytime FC Cincinnati Academy staff may invite a player back into the program
WILL PLAYERS RECEIVE AN EVALUATION?
Any player born in 2012 not asked to join the U13 Academy following the final sessions in February will receive an evaluation from the Discovery Program Coaching Staff. This will also be shared with the player’s club Technical Director.
WHO CONDUCTS THE TRAINING SESSIONS?
Sessions are conducted by the head coaches of the U13 & U14 Pre-Academy Teams. Coaches from local organizations are invited in to assist as well as observe the training. FC Cincinnati Academy will also have medical staff during all sessions.
WILL THERE BE SPECIFIC GOALKEEPER TRAINING?
Goalkeeper training will be provided during some of the sessions, however we also like to have the keepers interact with the field players in the younger age groups. It will be recommended to High Performing goalkeepers to attend the Goalkeeper Clinics provided by FC Cincinnati Goalkeeper staff.
ARE PARENTS PERMITTED TO WATCH THE TRAINING SESSIONS?
Parents are not permitted to watch the training sessions, however during the session a virtual parents meeting will take place to educate the parents about the programs.