Bolts U12 Revolution Development League for 2019-2020
Boston Bolts announce their participation in the new Boys U12 Revolution Development League for 2019-2020. After U.S. Soccer disbanded their Boys Under-12 Development Academy Program, local club leaders created a league to provide the same developmental step for players looking to play at the highest level in the region.
The Revolution Development League, sanctioned and supported by US Club Soccer, is structured to promote high-level localized competition and game day experience from the leading clubs in the area. The league will feature 8-10 regionalized games in New England in both the fall and spring seasons, featuring crossover weekend games with other MLS development leagues. The competition will also involve tournament weekends for outside competition.
According to Marco Koolman, Bolts Executive Technical Director and Director of Coaching, "Providing consistency and an optimal competitive game environment, is imperative for our young, talented Bolts players. This format allows all U12 participating clubs, including the Bolts, to continue to compete as we have in the past, apart from the support of US Soccer. The Bolts unique competitive advantage and elite status in the New England soccer community, including its Complete Player Pathway and full Development Academy, and our sole professional affiliation with AS Roma and participation in the Roma US National Showcase, will remain intact."
The seven clubs participating from the New England region in the ground-breaking league include Bayside FC, Boston Bolts, Global Premier Soccer, NEFC, Oakwood SC, Seacoast United, and Valeo FC. The Revolution Development League for the Under-12 age group is set to kick off with these seven New England-based clubs on Sept. 7, 2019.