LA Galaxy Academy Alliance Club Program
The LA Galaxy Alliance Club Program is an extensive soccer development initiative for youth clubs that gives its members the best resources to reach their soccer and community potential.
“Through our Alliance Club program and commitment to each of these organizations, the Galaxy will play an integral role in the development of the area’s most talented youth players and coaches,” said Jovan Kirovski, Technical Director of the LA Galaxy. “Youth development is important and we have seen firsthand what a critical role these programs can play in local communities. We are excited and focused on improving and advancing the level of coaching and players across the country. The Galaxy been able to share a comprehensive approach in directly engaging our local communities and applaud the roles that the clubs have taken to make these relationships truly meaningful endeavors.”
The LA Galaxy create unique working relationships with each club to encompass community programs, technical development, scouting, coaching, and soccer operations; giving the youth soccer community an unprecedented level of access to professional soccer expertise and involvement.
The Galaxy also share coaching and organizational resources, creating a common curriculum and methodology for developing young players, ensuring the Alliance Clubs are central to integrating players into the Academy and preparing players for college soccer.
Additionally, youth clubs in the program will be allowed the unique privilege of incorporating the LA Galaxy brand into their club name and wear the same color uniforms – navy, white and gold – in recognition of their partnership with the LA Galaxy.
Each LA Galaxy Alliance Club is chosen based on its strong quality of players, dedicated coaching staff and commitment to the community. There are now a total of five clubs involved in the program: LA Galaxy South Bay, LA Galaxy Conejo Valley, LA Galaxy Bakersfield, LA Galaxy San Diego and LA Galaxy Orange County.
Members of each LA Galaxy Alliance Club provided comment on the program:
Michael Quigley – LA Galaxy South Bay
“We are delighted to be part of the LA Galaxy Alliance Club program. It’s been 5 years as an alliance club and we are realizing the fruits of our labor: improving the opportunities at our club to challenge all players, growing the club to include more local members, improving involvement with special LA Galaxy game day experiences and producing an LA Galaxy Academy player. We feel that the relationship has a positive effect on the south bay community. We are thankful to be in a unique situation to partner with a prestigious MLS club that continues to prove their dedication to youth development. We appreciate the help from the LA Galaxy to engage with special events at the stadium and on game days that create wonderful memories for the families at our club. I can say that this relationship is real.”
Bert Perkins – LA Galaxy Bakersfield
“Our affiliation with LA Galaxy directly aligns with our goal of developing youth soccer players. The LA Galaxy Alliance Club Program will provide an exceptional resource that will help us improve the standard of youth soccer here in Central California. The LA Galaxy will help us stay on the leading edge of soccer education and methodology. The LA Galaxy's contributions will be used to improve local player opportunities at every level of play.”
Doug Easton – LA Galaxy Conejo Valley
"Conejo Valley United SC has operated a youth club soccer program in Thousand Oaks and neighboring cities for more than 30 years and in the past 5 years we have seen explosive growth. Building on that success for the future we are excited to enter into a collaborative alliance with the LA Galaxy that will give both our players and staff access to the resources, opportunities and a wealth of soccer knowledge that exist within the LA Galaxy youth and MLS programs."
Steve Cowell- LA Galaxy San Diego
“We are very proud to be a part of the Galaxy family. Our relationship has been built on shared goals of player development, coaching development, and igniting a passion for soccer in young players. The partnership is so much more than the Academy Alliance for us, it is an opportunity for every one of our 4,500 players to be connected to the number one MLS team in the country, and creates a sense of ownership for our members. On the Elite player side we have already graduated a handful of players into the full LA Galaxy academy program, and with our inclusion into the US Development Academy we expect to produce many more players who will represent the LA Galaxy on the professional soccer pathway. This is definitely a two-way partnership, and collaboration on resources, opportunities, and sharing of ideas will undoubtedly benefit all our members and continue to move the game forward here in San Diego.”
Tim Woodcock – LA Galaxy Orange County
“We are extremely proud to become the latest addition to the LA Galaxy Alliance program. Our philosophy of developing players is perfectly in tune with the LA Galaxy and we are excited to become a part of the family.
This alliance with LA Galaxy gives our players a clear pathway from recreational soccer through to the collegiate and professional levels. We truly believe that this partnership will have a positive effect on all of our current players and the many more who will choose to join us in the future years. It is our ambition to create a new soccer culture within the Orange County community and I cannot think of a single player who would not aspire to someday become a part of the LA Galaxy ‘fully funded’ Boys and Girls Development Academy program. LA Galaxy is the #1 soccer brand in the MLS and is at the cutting edge of player development, education and competition. Our players will wear their LAGOC uniforms with great pride!!”