Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association announces the Wisconsin Developmental Academy


The Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association is implementing a new and innovative program called the Wisconsin Developmental Academy (WDA).  The WDA provides the optimum developmental environment for the top soccer players, coaches and clubs in the state by emphasizing development through quality training and competitive games.


The unique aspects of this program focus on Club Directors of Coaching, in collaboration with the WYSA State Coaching Directors, making decisions on a player and coach centric league.  The directors will have the tools and resources to make adjustments to immediately impact any aspect of competition so player development can be enhanced.  An additional component is the increased ratio of player trainings to competitions for greater player skill development.


In the words of Bob Gansler, Former USSF Men’s National Team and Major League Soccer Coach, “The game always needs to be played for enjoyment but the process should also provide our young players the opportunities to grow and flourish.  The guiding principles of practice content and game dosage administered by knowledgeable and caring individuals in this Wisconsin Developmental Academy concept needs to be applauded and supported.  Whenever there's a better idea ... go with it!”

In addition, The WYSA will coordinate Player identification and College Showcase events for clubs participating in the WDA.  This will maximize the experience for the players and coaches.  Players and Teams will still be able to participate in some leagues and the Olympic Development Program.


Keith Tozer, Head Coach, Milwaukee Wave and US National Futsal Head Coach says, “I am extremely excited about the direction that youth soccer is headed here in Wisconsin with the development of a new youth league focusing on best practice initiative being handed down from US Soccer.  This is such a positive move for all youth players and gives them the best possible chance for success. Hopefully one day after they graduate from College they will end up wearing the Blue and White of the Milwaukee Wave.”


The league portion of the WDA allows game day roster flexibility to encourage the team coach to focus on player development over win or loss.  Promotion and relegation are not part of this program.  Clubs are admitted to the WDA as clubs, rather than individual teams.


Jim Launder, WYSA Director of Coaching says, “The concept that the WDA is founded on all relate to enhancing player development using proper training to game ratios and minimizing the club “fear” of relegation and will make quality player development the standard.”


The pilot year of this program includes 9 WYSA clubs participating.  Specifically, the club initiating the WDA are:

Bavarian Soccer Club – Milwaukee, WI                     

Elm Grove Soccer Club – Elm Grove, WI

F. C. Milwaukee Soccer Club – Butler, WI

F.C. Green Bay Soccer Club – Green Bay, WI

Madison 56er’s Soccer Club – Madison, WI

North Shore United Soccer Club – Cedarburg, WI

Rush Wisconsin Soccer Club – Middleton, WI

S.C. Waukesha – Waukesha, WI

United F.C. (KASL) – Kenosha, WI


“We are pleased to have these clubs partner with us to bring this innovative program to Wisconsin.  It is the next step to complement our Youth Academy Accreditation program for the U-8 to U-10 ages that started a few years ago.  We have 17 members clubs accredited in this program that provides many of the same philosophies for players and coaches at younger ages.” says Peter Mariahazy, President of WYSA. “The Academy model of focus on player development over pure competition is used around the world, and Wisconsin is excited to discover ways to incorporate it here.”


The Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association is a member of the US Youth Soccer Association, the largest youth sports association in the country and the United States Soccer Federation, the governing body for Soccer in the United States.  The Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association oversees registration and league play of 56,000 players annually and is the largest youth soccer organization in Wisconsin.  Players register through over 130 member clubs assigned to one of 12 geographic districts throughout Wisconsin.  For additional information about Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association, please visit http://www.wiyouthsoccer.com

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