The Development Academy soccer calendar consists of two seasons: the Fall and Spring. The Fall typically starts during the second week of August and lasts until the first week of November. The Spring season starts the first week in March and lasts until the third week of May. Development teams can choose to also practice and play indoor in the Winter season if they like. Winter training and indoor fees are not included in the annual academy fee.

Dutch Lions FC teams will be applying to participate in the Miami Valley Youth Soccer Association or Buckey Premier Youth Soccer League. Each team, if accepted, will play in a division that is developmentally appropriate. League and referee fees are included in the annual academy fee.

Teams practice two times a week during the Fall and Spring season. During the winter all teams have two activities scheduled.

Coaches will have an UEFA C or D coaching license (with the exception of the Junior Academy coaches) or professional playing experience and in the process of obtaining that license.

The Player Development Plan is the program the Dayton Dutch Lions FC Academy uses  to help  players  meet their development goals. An individual plan is developed to give each player more insight in their current level and  improvement points. Players in the Development Academy will have two annual player coach evaluations to talk about the player development plan, one in the Fall and one in the Spring season

There will be two nights of video analysis of games throughout the year at the office of the Dutch Lions FC, for all teams. The players will be able  to see themselves play, see  what they do well, and  what they should improve. The Dayton  Dutch  Lions FC coaches are all trained to organize video  analysis sessions with the  team, a group of players  (only defenders for example), or with players  individually

Overview of activities and fees for the DDL FC Youth Academy Development Teams:

The fee structure for the 2015-2016 season is:

Age groups U5-U7 U8 U9 U10-12 U13-14 U15-20
Junior Academy (2 Practices) $99 $99
Development Academy (2 Practices) $499 $499 $499 $799 $599
Premier Academy (3-4 Practices) $899 $1.250 $799

The fees for the Development Academy include all training sessions listed below, games, Fall and Spring League fees, referee fees and two season tickets for all the Men’s and Women’s team games. The fees do not include additional training sessions, tournament fees, indoor fees and gear fees*

*in case you already play for DDL you can keep the practice gear if it is in good shape and only buy the new game jerseys

Fall + Spring:

  • 2 Training Sessions per Week
  • 8 League Games (per season)
  • 1 Individual Player Evaluation meeting between Player and Coach (per season)
  • 1 Individual Parent/Coach Meeting (per season)
  • Participation in DL CUP Fall Edition and Spring Edition


  • Optional

For more information about the Dayton Dutch Lions FC Youth Academy please contact the club’s Director of Soccer Operations Sid van Druenen at


  • DDL Soccer Complex

    DDL Soccer Complex

    All practices and games of the Dayton Dutch Lions FC Men’s team (USL PDL) and Women’s team (USL WPSL) will be at the Dayton Dutch Lions FC Soccer Complex in West Carrollton. The stadium seats 3500 people. In 2014 the Dayton Dutch Lions FC and Dayton Outpatient Center (DOC) installed an new artificial turf field in the stadium. DOC Stadium was opened in May 2014 when former 2x “FIFA Best Player in the World” Ruud Gullit kicked off the game against LA Galaxy II in the USL PRO League.


    The address is: 5833 Student St., West Carrollton, Ohio, 45449

  • Tickets

  • Dutch Lions TV

    Dutch Lions TV
  • Oranje Legion

    Oranje Legion