Development Academy League
In recognition of the quality of its coaching staff, facilities and commitment to the US Soccer Development Program, Vardar Soccer Club is one of only 63 clubs across the country to be chosen and it is with great pleasure that the invitation to participate in the US Soccer Academy has been accepted.
The US Soccer Development Academy was unveiled on June 4th, 2007 as a new program with the focus being on long term player development. The program is designed to extend the Federation’s National Team program, placing an emphasis on the development of the player by improving their daily environment. "After completing an extensive review and discussion across the country, we feel that it is the right time for U.S. Soccer to lead a change in the sport at the youth level,” said U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati. “We need to shift the focus of our young elite players from an ‘overburdened, game emphasis’ model to a ‘meaningful training and competition’ model. This will ultimately lead to more success and will allow players to develop to their full potential. That is what this program is all about."
The inclusion of Vardar Soccer Club into the US Soccer Development Academy greatly reinforces its philosophy of developing players in the proper environment. Vardar earned the support of the country’s national staff after an extensive review of the club’s coaching staff, facilities, philosophy and curriculum. “We are thrilled to be invited into the US Soccer Development Academy and are committed to the US Soccer Development Academy Initiative,” says Vardar Executive Director Morris Lupenec.
For the 2008/09 season, the program is available for U16 and U18 Boys, the program is sponsored by US Soccer as a means to better develop players. Vardar will undertake organizational and logistical planning over the next few weeks and is proud to announce Coaches Mike Lupenec U16 and Demir Muftari U18 will be overseeing the national academy program as Directors of the Vardar US Soccer Development Program.
The inclusion of Vardar Soccer Club into this new program “follows suit of our philosophy in placing the competitive player in an environment where the best players are together as much as possible along with the best possible coaching staff”, says Vardar Director of Coaching Morris Lupenec.