What is the Charlotte MLS Academy?
The Charlotte MLS Academy will develop some of the most talented soccer players in the nation, with the aim of earning a professional contract with Charlotte MLS.
The mission is to develop Homegrown Players comparable to the world’s best. As the program develops, the academy will aim to provide an average of two players per year to MLS.
The club will emphasize the holistic development of each individual, producing well-rounded individuals who become valuable members of the community.
Is there a cost to participate?
The Charlotte MLS Academy is a fully-funded program for all selected full-time participants.
What is the selection process?
The club has established a scouting identification process in order to observe talented players.
Players may also register their interest in Charlotte MLS Academy via the Player Interest form.
Where will Charlotte MLS Academy players come from?
Charlotte MLS’ Homegrown territory is defined as the states of North Carolina and South Carolina.
Players will come from this territory and also available non-Homegrown Territories, per MLS Player Development guidelines.
Will there be a Homestay or Residency Program?
Yes, Charlotte MLS will provide opportunities to high-potential prospects from both the Homegrown and non-Homegrown Territories.
What age groups will the Charlotte MLS Academy feature?
For the 2020-2021 season we will operate full time U17 and U14 teams, as well as a Discovery program for U13 and U12. We are also exploring programming options for U19 players, information will be released at a later date. Long term the club is committed to operating a fully comprehensive academy program.
What leagues will the Charlotte MLS Academy play in?
The academy will participate in the MLS Elite Competition platform. More details will be released soon.
Where will the Charlotte MLS Academy train?
The location of the Academy is yet to be determined. More information will be available in due course.
What will the time commitments be for Charlotte MLS Academy players?
Typically, academy prospects will participate in evening practices four nights a week, plus games (home and away) on weekends.
The academy season will run year-round, with targeted breaks that align with the school calendar.