To get started, here’s some links to webpages, articles, and videos about youth academy systems and players in the United States and abroad:
Development Academy overview – A good breakdown of the USSF’s (United States Soccer Federation) partnership with elite youth clubs and MLS academies.
Top US boys clubs get report cards – With comments from former national team midfielder and current U.S. Soccer Youth Technical Director Claudio Reyna. The Revs academy received 3.5 stars out of 5, putting them in the top 8 youth clubs in the country.
How the USSF is identifying and developing the best – Part one of a three part series. Here are parts 2 and 3.
The Catalan way to grow players – A NYTimes piece about La Masia, Barcelona’s famed youth academy. A longer article can be found here. La Masia has produced the likes of Lionel Messi, who scores goals like this and makes commentators do this.
How a soccer star is made – Another terrific New York Times article, this one about Ajax’s renowned youth academy.
Klinsmann: You can’t stop soccer in the U.S. – Interview with the U.S. Men’s national team coach with some questions about youth soccer in America.
Diego Fagundez signs with Revs – Short video by The Globe about Revs star academy product signing a professional contract.