Destination: The First Team
The sporting structure includes around 180 young players wearing the Montreal Impact colours with four Academy teams (U18, U16, U14 and U13) and five Pre-Academy teams (U8 to U12). This youth development setup has a single goal: developing starters for the first team.
The student-athlete joining the sport-études program at the Montreal Impact Academy gets:
- High-level soccer training with qualified educators under the supervision of Philippe Eullaffroy, who holds a UEFA A Licence.
- Access to the Montreal Impact infrastructure.
- Teaching of the club’s sporting and social values.
- Full development divided into four aspects: physical, psychological, technical and tactical.
- A 12-month sports training and coaching program (including rest periods).
- Access to the club’s athletic specialists: fitness coach, mental coach, doctor, invited coaches, nutritionists.
- Different meetings with established professionals.
Since September 2012, the Impact U18 and U16 teams have been playing in the USSDA, a league involving nearly 80 of the top academies in the United States, including MLS academies. The U16s and U18s play in the Northeast division, alongside the New York Red Bulls and the New England Revolution (MLS). For more information on the league, click here.
The U14 and U13 teams do not play in a regular league, but play friendly games throughout the year in against MLS, Quebec, Ontario or United States clubs and enter local and international tournaments.
The Academy players are also eligible and frequently called up to represent the Canadian national team.
A full team
A staff of over 20 people works full time in the technical, administrative, medical, physical preparation and mental preparation fields to ensure daily progress for the Academy players.
A regular and individualized medical follow-up
Medical follow-up is an essential part of the development of a young player. The Academy provides individualized follow-up of their players to prevent injuries and put them in the best possible physical conditions. Follow-up is covered by a head therapist, an assistant therapist and two fitness coaches. Our therapists attend every training session and game, and they discuss with coaches and players on a daily basis to detect any problem, prevent and treat injuries and provide advice to stay healthy.
A head physician and a general practitioner are also available for the players.
Biomechanical evaluations and fitness tests are conducted on every player throughout the year. Three times per year, 50-point individual reviews are done with the coach, the player and his parents.
A program with strong values
Students-athletes at the Montreal Impact Academy sport-études program learn the club values of respect, autonomy, emotion, ambition, humility and performance. These values are cultivated daily when the player aims for his goals with care, professionalism, engagement and discipline. Players also take part in activities to socialize and volunteer to become good citizens.