The Columbus Crew Pre-Academy is free-to-play developmental programming for the U10-U13 age groups. Identification (ID) sessions by invitation only are held each Fall to select a player pool in the U11 and U12 age groups. Any player selected to the training group will remain with their home clubs/environment and participate in the supplemental training team with Crew Academy one time per week.

This program extends our development pathway down to the U11 age group and allows us to work closer with the local clubs to develop talent in concert. The Pre-Academy teams will feed into our U13 and U14 programming and continue through the pathway to the full-time Academy teams that begin at U15.

Age Groups

The Pre-Academy is designed for those in the following age groups:

  • U-11/U12


The Crew Academy Technical Staff will oversee one (1) weekly training session, and participating players can remain on their respective club teams.