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Fusion Founding Member MLS Elite Academy

Updated: Aug 26, 2020

Ventura County Fusion to Join & Become A Founding Member of Major League Soccer’s Elite Player Development Platform

League Will Include The Top Domestic Youth Soccer Clubs Around The Country

Ventura County Fusion is excited to announce that the club will be creating a partnership with Major League Soccer (MLS) that will transform youth player development in the United States and Canada. VC Fusion along with other academies around the country will develop an elite league that will consist of elite year-round competition, as well as player identification initiatives, coaching education opportunities, and additional programming to create the premier player development environment.

The platform will operate with a groundbreaking governance structure that promotes collaboration, innovation and input across all areas of the soccer landscape. Within the structure, technical working groups will provide recommendations on the platform’s strategic objectives and standards, outline competition guidelines and formats, as well as introduce platform programming. By unifying the elite player development landscape and creating a collaborative structure, the new platform will accelerate and enhance player development in North America.

“As an Elite Academy Club, we are going to be facing some of the best teams in the country including MLS Academy competition as well as foreign competition”, said VC Fusion Academy Director, Keith Costigan. “This league provides a great testing tool for our players showcasing themselves and we want to see how they respond in the most difficult environments and this is going to create that. This is great for youth soccer in the USA as it will help develop the next generation of breaking talent in America.”

See below interview with Academy Director Keith Costigan gaining his thoughts on the new MLS Elite Development Platform


A total of 95 elite soccer academies from across the U.S. and Canada – 65 elite youth clubs and 30 MLS clubs – have committed to join a groundbreaking new MLS player development platform as Founding Members. More than 8,000 elite youth soccer players will be brought under the same structure as part of this program. 

This unprecedented collaboration connects the region’s elite youth academies with MLS’s massive resources. Together, we have a rare opportunity to create a new paradigm for developing world-class players that will help us become more competitive on the global stage and ultimately elevate the overall popularity of soccer in our region.

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