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The FC Cincinnati Academy has announced the dates for the 2022 Discovery Program, slated to begin in early February. The Discovery Program is the start of FC Cincinnati Academy’s elite player development pathway in an effort to both identify local youth talent and provide MLS-level education and training to local coaches and players.

“The Discovery Program has enabled us to connect with our network of coaches in and around Cincinnati in an effort to identify the top young talent,” said Larry Sunderland, FC Cincinnati’s director of player development. “Connecting this program to our other programs such as the Affiliate Program, Club Partner Program and our FCC Foundation, establishes a real environment of collaboration as we attempt to identify and develop future players for FC Cincinnati.”

The free-to-play developmental programming will be offered to high performing players in the 2010-11 age groups. Players will be invited to participate in the weekly program while staying registered with their respective club team and continue to represent their club in respective practices and games.

The program debuted in October 2019 and has grown each year. As the FC Cincinnati Academy continues to grow, the Discovery Program has seen the number of players invited more than double. A total of 125 players from 25 different clubs and six different states trained once a week at the Mercy Health Training Center in this past year’s session.

The Discovery Program is an instrumental piece for the FC Cincinnati Academy player identification process in which potential future Academy players are identified and monitored. Over half of the Pre-Academy (U13 & U14) rosters are comprised of players that participated in the program.

The Discovery Program helps the FC Cincinnati Academy foster relationships with local clubs, enhance player development in the region and help players understand the quality, skill and attributes needed to earn a place at an MLS academy. In addition, the program is used as a coaching education tool for local youth coaches to become involved and engrained within the system.

To recommend a player for the 2022 Discovery Program, click here.

DATES & SCHEDULE

Saturday Feb. 5th

  • 2011 Boys – 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm
  • 2010 Boys – 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Saturday Feb. 12th

  • 2011 Boys – 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm
  • 2010 Boys – 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Saturday Feb. 19th

  • 2011 Boys – 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm
  • 2010 Boys – 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Friday March 4th

  • 2011 Boys – 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm
  • 2010 Boys – 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

High Performing 2010 & 2011 players will be invited back for further training sessions for the two following dates:

  • Monday May 2nd & Monday May 9th – 5:30 pm until 7:00 pm.

For the latest information on the FC Cincinnati Academy, follow the program on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook at @FCCincyAcademy and visit the academy’s website at fccincinnati.com/academy.

For up-to-the-minute information about FC Cincinnati, visit the team’s official website at fccincinnati.com, or follow the team on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook at @FCCincinnati. Additionally, fans are encouraged to download the team’s official mobile app on the Apple App Store or Google Play for instant access to mobile tickets, team content and match notifications.