'mLS next' Competition

Did you know we are the only boys soccer academy in northern Ohio to compete in MLS NEXT - the highest youth soccer platform in North America? Formerly a member of the U.S. Development Academy, we are honored to announce we are one of the founding members to join the most elite platform this continent has to offer. Internationals Academy has been notorious for providing our players with the opportunity to compete with and against the nation's best. Whether it's in league or showcase play, we guarantee our members will receive the necessary exposure to college coaches across the country!

'MLS NEXT' Commitment to Player Development

We are focused on delivering world-class player development for the top talent in the U.S. and Canada. This requires a commitment to the central areas of player development:


The rules, regulations and format of MLS NEXT competitions are designed with the best interest of the player’s development. While team success is important and will be rewarded, the primary objective of the platform is to push individuals outside of their comfort zone, accelerate their growth and showcase their talents.

Click here for more details on the current competitions.


The daily environment is where the majority of development takes place. Quality coaching at high frequency with top players in high performance environments will better prepare players for meaningful competition. As one of the few year-round, domestic youth training programs, MLS NEXT not only provides high quality training environments, but more repetitions in those environments than any league at any level in the U.S. and Canada.



High quality coaching is central to the development and growth of players. MLS NEXT coaches are committed to the development of players and receive continuing education specific to the best approaches to player development.  We work and collaborate with global leaders in the space, including the French Football Federation, who has provided their world class training to over 100 coaches, and that number increases every year. 

Importantly, while winning games will always be important, MLS NEXT coaches are measured by the growth and development of each player – becoming a better player, growing as a person, attending college and signing a professional contract are the true benchmarks of their success.


Individual Growth

An often-overlooked segment of elite player development in youth sports is the implementation of plans for individual growth. Each MLS NEXT player will receive a holistic plan for personal growth, including on-field, strength and conditioning, academic, college placement and specific support tailored for the needs of the individual.


Player Identification & Recruitment

MLS NEXT recognize the challenge of COVID-19 and the cancellation of many men’s soccer college Fall seasons raises questions and concerns related to college recruiting by many players and their families. We understand the importance of the college pathway and appreciate that participation in our platform provides a unique opportunity for talented players and college coaches to better evaluate this decision. This dynamic also applies to prospective National Team players. Therefore, we have been developing and will be implementing innovative approaches to address this issue, including: 

  • Creation of College Coaches Committee

  • Youth National Team Advisory Committee

  • Alternative Digital Media Evaluation Platform

  • Virtual meetings among players, families and college coaches to discuss the current landscape

  • Schedule regional showcase/rivalry games for older ages

MLS NEXT will also aim to provide more opportunities to more players to broaden the pool of talent entering the elite youth landscape. No cost and low-cost programs will be introduced around the country to reduce barriers for new players to enter the pathway to professional soccer.

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Founding member clubs:

Albion SC – CA
Atlanta United – GA
Austin FC – TX
Ballistic United – CA
Baltimore Armour – MD
Barca Residency Academy – AZ
Bayside Futebol Club – RI
Beachside of Connecticut – CT
Bethesda SC – MD
Blau Weiss Gottschee – NY
Breakers – CA
Cedar Stars Academy Bergen – NJ
Cedar Stars Academy Monmouth – NJ
Chargers Soccer Club – FL
Chicago FC United – IL
Chicago Fire FC – IL
Chula Vista FC – CA
Cincinnati United Premier Soccer Club – OH
City SC – CA
Colorado Rapids – CO
Columbus Crew SC – OH
D.C. United – DC
De Anza Force – CA
Empire United Soccer Academy – NY
FC Cincinnati – OH
FC Dallas – TX
FC Delco – PA
FC Greater Boston Bolts – MA
FC Westchester – NY
Florida Rush Soccer Club – FL
Houston Dynamo – TX
IMG Academy – FL
Indiana Fire Academy – IN
Inter Miami CF – FL
Jacksonville FC – FL
L.A. United Futbol Academy – CA
LA Galaxy – CA
LA Surf Soccer Club – CA
Lanier Soccer Academy – GA
Los Angeles Football Club – CA
Metropolitan Oval – NY
Miami Rush Kendall SC – FL
Michigan Wolves – MI

Minnesota United FC –

MNMLS Charlotte –

NCMLS St. Louis – MO

Montreal Impact – QC


Murrieta Surf Soccer Club – CA

Nashville SC – TN


New England Revolution – MA

New York City FC – NY

New York Red Bulls – NJ
New York Soccer Club – NY
Nomads – CA
Oakwood Soccer Club – CT
Orlando City SC – FL
PA Classics – PA
Philadelphia Union – PA
Phoenix Rising FC – AZ
Player Development Academy – NJ
Portland Timbers – OR
Real Colorado – CO
Real Salt Lake – UT
RGV FC Toros Academy – TX
RISE Soccer Club – TX
RSL Arizona – AZ
Sacramento Republic – CA
Saint Louis FC – MO
San Antonio FC – TX
San Jose Earthquakes – CA
Santa Barbara Soccer Club – CA
SC Del Sol – AZ
Seacoast United – NH
Seattle Sounders FC – WA
SF Elite – CA
SF Glens – CA
Shattuck-St. Mary’s – MN
Silicon Valley SA – CA
Sockers FC Chicago – IL
Solar Soccer Club – TX
South Florida Football Academy – FL
Southern Soccer Academy – GA
Sporting Kansas City – KS
Tampa Bay United Rowdies – FL
Toronto FC – ON
Total Futbol Academy – CA
TSF Academy – NJ
Valeo Futbol Club – MA
Vancouver Whitecaps FC – BC
VARDAR Soccer Club – MI
Ventura County Fusion – CA
West Florida Flames – FL
Weston FC – FL

The Next Generation

Current membership includes 113 clubs, 489 teams, 9,000+ players across the U.S. and Canada and features over 90% of the current youth national team player pools.