Revolution Academy Teams Overview
The Revolution Academy is committed to fostering and maintaining a competitive, dynamic and professional environment for its Youth Team players and staff.
Through player identification, quality training, meaningful matches, top-class facilities and an integrated approach with the Revolution’s senior squad, we expect to develop players – both on and off the field – for the top colleges, U.S. National Team programs and the New England Revolution senior team.
With Major League Soccer’s Homegrown Player initiative, this is a crucial component in the New England Revolution player personnel development philosophy.
The Revolution Youth Teams are fully-funded by the New England Revolution. All players’ expenses related to competition are paid for by the Revs, including: training, facilities, adidas uniforms and training gear, and game/tournament-related travel expenses.
Style of Play
Our player pool is encouraged, trained and expected to exhibit a possession-oriented, dynamic style of attacking soccer. We believe this gives our players the best possible opportunity to continue their careers at the highest levels, both collegiately and professionally.
Within this style of play, each player is given the autonomy to make decisions – with and without the ball – based on their training and knowledge of situations as they arise in a game.
Starting in late summer 2012, the Revolution Youth Teams will move to a 10-month competition calendar to align with the entire U.S. Soccer Development Academy. Teams will compete September through June while training all year long.
The Revolution Youth Teams train three times per week – Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. All sessions take place at Gillette Stadium. Training sessions last two hours, and all three youth teams will conduct sessions between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., the exact two-hour window varying based on age level.
Training and Playing Facilities
The Revolution Youth Teams train at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., either on the main Gillette Stadium field or in the Dana-Farber Field House. Both surfaces are FieldTuf fields.
For the most part, all Revolution Youth Team home games are played at Gillette Stadium. However, because of scheduling conflicts, some home matches are played at off-site facilities. In the past, Durfee High School (Fall River, Mass.) and the Fruit Street Fields (Hopkinton, Mass.) have hosted Revolution home matches.
Transportation to Training and Home Matches
Many Revolution youth players car pool with other players who live nearby. The Revolution staff helps connect players who may live close by so they can coordinate transportation to and from training sessions and local home matches.
The Revolution Youth Teams play a very regionalized regular-season schedule focused in New England, New York and the Middle Atlantic.
In general, players’ families are responsible for transportation to games played in New England. For the Under-16 and Under-18 teams, these include home games and matches at FC Greater Boston (Cambridge, Mass.), Seacoast United (Epping, N.H.), Oakwood (Portland, Conn.) and South Central Premier (Bridgeport, Conn.).
The teams travel by bus to most games played in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and fly commercially to games in Maryland and Washington, D.C., as well as U.S. Soccer Development Academy Showcases and postseason events.
Other Player & Family Resources
The New England Revolution also provides other resources to help our players reach their maximum potential, including:
- Academic support
- College counseling and advising
- Nutrition guidance and counseling
- Medical and Athletic Training support and maintenance
- Strength & conditioning facilities and instruction
- Sports psychology counseling
- Video analysis (team and individual)