Jacksonville Armada FC Youth Academy would like to congratulate our Boy’s DA Director, Pat Cannon, for completing the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Director (AD) course. Pat spent the last 12 months dedicating himself and his efforts to improving his soccer knowledge through this rigorous, invite only, course to bring back new ideas and new methods to our club to help continue our growth and development as one of the best clubs in the nation.
U.S. Soccer developed the Academy Director (AD) course to assist in better improving, educating and informing youth leaders from around the country. The course includes face-to-face modules and numerous individual and group projects.
Pat, with only a few other coaches from around the country, spent multiple hours (30+ Days) in the classroom and on the field to hone their coaching skills and theories to implement and further develop their home clubs and programs. The course also included a week overseas where the staff and coaches visited Athletico Madrid, Athletic Bilbao, and Lagunes in Spain to study and learn more about different methodologies and approaches from world class clubs.
We couldn’t be more proud of Coach Cannon, and we look forward to seeing him implement and share everything he learned over the past year to help continue our club’s growth and development.
U.S. Soccer Development Academy Director (AD) Course Overview:
For the U.S. Soccer Academy Directors course, candidates will be expected to be Academy Directors of clubs in U.S. Soccer Development Academy.
The Academy Directors course consists of one introductory meeting, and 7 course modules, one of which occurs out of the country. The total course duration is 12 months.
Introduction to the course module – 1 day
Opening module – 4 days
Foreign club visit module - 7-8 days (Spain)
DA Showcase module – 4 days
Youth National Team module – 4 days
Domestic Club module – 4 days
Small group/Domestic club module – 2 days
Final Presentation module – 4 days