U.S. Soccer Federation created the Development Academy in 2007 to focus on positively impacting everyday club environments to assist in maximizing youth player development.  In 2017 U.S. Soccer expanded the program to include the Girls’ Development Academy.

La Roca Futbol Club was among the 68 soccer clubs nationwide, and the only club in Utah, that were admitted to the Academy for the inaugural 2017/18 season.

The USSGDA provides elite female players with training and competitive environments based on standards set by the Academy and following rules of international competition to develop world class players. The Academy emphasizes individual player development through comprehensive, focused and intense training environments that prepares players for youth national teams, college, professional and international careers. The USSGDA is the highest level of competition in the country available for female youth soccer players. The GDA provides players with the best exposure to college coaches and is the primary pathway to the U.S. Youth National Teams.


Joined the Academy in Fall 2017
Current Players in the D.A.
Licensed USSF ‘A’ Coaches in Development Clubs
Academy Players who Received Full US Soccer Scholarships

Our Teams

La Roca FC GDA is comprised of 4 teams for the 2018/19 Season

  • U18/19  2000/01 birth years, Coached by Felipe Diaz
  • U16/17  2002/03 birth years, Coached by Adolfo Ovalle
  • U15  2004 birth year Coached by David Chevez
  • U14  2005 birth year, Coached by Francisco “Pancho” Ovalle

Academy Philosophy

The Academy Program’s philosophy is based on increased training, less total games, and more meaningful games using international rules of competition.


Felipe Diaz
Felipe Diaz801-499-2256
2001/2002 and 2006 DA Coach
Adolfo Ovalle
Adolfo Ovalle801-390-8340
2003 DA Coach
David Chevez
David Chevez801-440-9363
2004 DA Coach
Pancho Ovalle
Pancho Ovalle801-390-8340
2005 DA Coach

Show Us Your Successes

We’d love to see how the Development Academy is helping you succeed. Share your success on social media with the hashtag: #ImWithTheAcademy