Academy Player Recruitment

Crew SC Academy is a fully-funded, free-to-play professional academy, overseen by Crew SC President & General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko and Technical Director Pat Onstad, and led by Academy Director Kelvin Jones.

The purpose of Crew SC Academy is to develop professional players that embody excellent character for the Columbus Crew SC First Team.

Crew SC Academy fields teams in the U-14, U-15, U-16/17, and U-18/19 age groups that participate in MLS NEXT, the best player development experience in North America, currently featuring 113 clubs and over 90% of the current youth national team player pools.

Players identified through our scouting network are invited to trials in Columbus. We also host invitation-only Recruitment Events to identify players from within our market.

Please submit the information requested below to be considered for a trial invitation, and it will be considered by Crew SC Academy Technical Staff. As we receive a significant amount of submissions and hold no open tryouts, you will likely only be contacted in the event you are invited to trial.

Club Directors and Coaches may directly contact the Crew SC Academy via e-mail at

Birth Years 2002-2008:

Birth Years 2009 and Younger: