Racine United Accepted
into the WDA Wisconsin Developmental Academy
Racine United SC is proud to announce that it has been accepted into the Wisconsin Developmental Academy (WDA) for the upcoming 2016-17 soccer year.
The WDA was originally created by Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association in 2012 intended for progressive and high-performing clubs to compete with one another in a soccer environment modeled differently than the traditional state leagues. Our inclusion in this elite group reflects WYSA’s and the other participating clubs’ view that Racine United SC is considered among the top 12 clubs in the state. Other current WDA clubs are as follows: Bavarian SC, Croatian Eagles, Elm Grove SC, FC Wisconsin Nationals, Madison 56ers, Milwaukee Kickers, North Shore United, Rush Wisconsin, SC Waukesha, and Strike FC.
The Wisconsin Developmental Academy is a program for U11-U18 players and inclusion is based on overall club performance and structure, as opposed to single team inclusion (as seen in the traditional state leagues). To be considered for acceptance, clubs need to meet requirements for accreditation and maintain standards to ensure sustainability; most importantly a constructive working, learning, and playing environment for players, coaches, and referees.
“Joining the WDA is another great step forward for Racine United” said Director of Coaching Kevin Lawrence. “The past couple years have shown an upward trend in the competitive level of our club, as seen with having a consistent presence in the WYSA Premier Leagues and also gaining spots in the Midwest Regional League. Becoming a member club in the WDA is a natural progression for our players, coaching staff, and membership as we continue to strive for the highest performance level possible. The club versus club playing format will also allow for maximum observation of teams and coaches, and increased competitive opportunities for our players.”
More specific programming and logistical information regarding Racine United’s inclusion will be published in the coming weeks in tandem with general club information for the 2016-17 year. Thank you to all of our membership for your hard work and support of Racine United SC; this newest achievement would not be possible without our players, coaches, and parents all working towards the same goal.
Congratulations to everyone on this proud achievement for our great club!
Kevin Lawrence – Racine United SC Director of Coaching
Wayne Howards – RASA/Racine United SC Executive Director
Matt Koker – RASA Vice President