Columbus Crew Academy is a fully-funded, free-to-play professional academy, overseen by Crew President & General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko, and led by Academy Director of Player Development Dan Lock.

The purpose of the Crew Academy is to develop professional players that embody excellent character for the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer.

Crew Academy operates 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 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 Academy via e-mail at