The Columbus Crew Pre-Academy is free-to-play developmental programming for the U9/10 and U11/12 age groups. Any player who makes the training group will stay with their home clubs and participate in the supplemental training team with Crew Academy one time per week.

This program will extend our development pathway and allow 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-9/10 (2012/11)
  • U-11/12 (2010/09)


The Crew Academy Director & Head Coaching staff will oversee one (1) weekly training session, and participating players can remain on their respective club teams.


Open identification tryouts will take place on the following dates:

  • ​Wednesday, Oct. 21
  • Wednesday, Oct. 28
  • Select players will then advance to the nomination-only tryouts on Nov. 4 and Nov. 11

​Nomination-only tryouts will take place on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 4
  • Wednesday, Nov. 11
  • Nominations for these tryouts are to be submitted by local teams' Head Coaches or Technical Directors

The final roster decision will be made following Nov. 11.