The Columbus Crew Pre-Academy is free-to-play developmental programming for the U10-U13 age groups. Open identification (ID) sessions are held each Fall to select a player pool in two age groups: U10/11 & U12/13. 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 U10 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 full-time Academy teams that begin at U14.

Age Groups

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

  • U-10/11 (2012/2011)
  • U-12/13 (2010/2009)


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


Open identification (ID) sessions will be announced at a future date.