Charlotte, North Carolina - January 25, 2017 ISL FC today announce the United States Soccer Federation has awarded the club the elite US Development Academy status for Under 13 and Under 14 age group categories. This announcement follows ISL FC’s strong fall season playing under the US Development Academy in the Under 12 category. There are only 91 total clubs (of over 8,000 in the United States) with this elite designation.

Following a comprehensive review of elite player development in the United States and around the world, U.S. Soccer created the Development Academy in 2007. The Academy Program's philosophy is based on increased training, less total games, and more meaningful games using international rules of competition.

This announcement further illustrates the unique, internationally routed development pathway and methodology that ISL FC is providing to top players in Charlotte, NC and it’s greater metro area.

ISL FC is committed to developing world-class players here in the United States through this unique methodology.

U.S. Soccer Federation Development Academy Director, Jared Micklos, noted:

“Your (ISLFC) continued demonstration of embodying Development Academy principles and philosophies provides us the confidence to expand your player development pathway within our program.”

In a comment this morning from Charlotte, Jose Jimenez (ISL FC Academy Coaching Director) added:

“We believe this exciting designation illustrates the hard work put in by our administrative staff, coaching staff, parents and most importantly our players. Their success and growth on and off the field have brought us to this point and have laid a powerful foundation for a new level of player development here in Charlotte metro area. We look forward to the upcoming season, and having the chance to represent the City of Charlotte on a more Regional and National scale.”

Jose is a native of Barcelona, who holds a UEFA “PRO” coaching license, with over 16 years experience of coaching at top level clubs, all over the world. He oversees all of ISL FC’s methodology, and ensures the same structure is set in place from U-8 – U-14.

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About the United States Soccer Federation: As the governing body of soccer in all its forms in the United States, U.S. Soccer has played an integral part in charting the course for the sport in the USA for more than 100 years. In that time, the Federation’s mission statement has been clear and simple: to make soccer, in all its forms, a preeminent sport in the United States and to continue the development of soccer at all recreational and competitive levels.


  • DATE: Sunday, February 26, 2017
  • TIME: 5:30PM - 7:30PM
  • LOCATION: STAX - 3722 S. Tryon St, Charlotte NC 28217

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