Where will the teams play their home games?
All Pre-Academy Teams will play their home games at the New York Red Bulls Training Facility in Hanover, NJ.
Which leagues and tournaments will the teams play in?
All Pre-Academy Teams will compete in the Eastern Development Program (EDP) during the spring and fall seasons.
All teams will participate in four high level tournaments each year, included in the base registration fee. Teams will also have access to exclusive MLS events such as the Generation Adidas Cup, and the Toronto FC KIA Fall Invitational (additional fees may apply for out-of-state events).
How big will the rosters be?
Each team will carry a small roster of between 10 and 14 players, maximizing contact time between player and coach and allowing for ample playing time.
How does the tryout process work?
Please note that due to the current COVID-19 situation all tryouts for the 2020/21 season Red Bulls Pre-Academy Teams are currently on hold.
Players can still register for tryouts using the link at the bottom of this FAQ. The updated schedule will be communicated to all registered players once dates and times are finalized, based upon information and guidelines set out by the CDC.
Tryouts will consist of a three stage process.
All players must attend the first tryout and from there players who show well will be invited back to the second stage of the process. The pool will then be reduced further for the third and final tryout.
All tryouts will take place at Red Bulls First Team Training Facility, in Whippany, NJ.
To ensure only high-level, committed players apply, a one-time non-refundable try-out fee of $30 applies.
Players, parents and families will be hosted at Red Bull Arena for their official welcome to the team as we go behind the scenes at our first team's home. Not only will this event act as signing day for the players, but will also lay the foundation for the season to come. Families will receive a detailed overview of the program and the development processes and how they can expect to be supported over the course of the year.
Pre-Season Training Camp
All teams will begin their seasons with a week long residential pre-season training camp. Set in the idyllic surrounds of Golden Goal Tournament Park in the Lake George region of upstate New York, this 200 acre purpose built sporting retreat will give the players the perfect opportunity to bond as a team and lay the foundations for a successful season to come. Players will enjoy access to the 8 professionally maintained fields, athlete's village and recreation center, woodland based challenge courses and multiple classroom spaces.
Please note, participation in the team pre-season training camp is optional, but highly encouraged. The cost of this training camp and transportation to and from the facility (if required) is not included in the seasonal registration fee.
Pre-Season Goal Setting
All players will participate in a detailed self-assessment at the beginning of the season, from which their individual development plans will be created.
Individual Development Plans
With guidance from the coaching staff, players will identify the areas that they would like to improve in, and develop a structured plan in order to achieve these goals.
Video feedback will be provided throughout the season as a tool to help the players improve their technical and tactical skills. Team video meetings will also be held to address team shape and principles of play.
Winter Futbolinho Sessions
All players will enjoy 12 weeks of indoor Futbolinho sessions, Red Bulls version of futsal as well as one futsal tournament.
Players also have the option to partake in additional RDS clinics during the spring and fall seasons at no additional cost.
Mid-Season Review Meetings
In person player/parent meetings will be held at the mid-point of the year with the team coach, giving all team members an open forum to discuss each player's progress.
Professional Game Day Opportunities
Players will have the opportunity to enjoy exclusive experiences as player mascots, ball kids and flag bearers for professional MLS games at Red Bull Arena. These opportunities allow our young players to get a closer look at the professional game and build a deeper love and connection for the sport.
What is the cost of the program?
The cost of the program is $1450 per spring and fall season ($2900 for the full year).
What does the registration fee include?
- All player carding
- 10 weeks of practice sessions throughout the spring and fall seasons (up to 30 training sessions)
- 12 weeks of indoor winter training
- All referees fees
- Four annual tournaments
- The program registration fee does not include player uniforms, or any international or long-distance special events, such as preseason training camp or MLS tournaments.