Discovery Program

About the Discovery Program

The Real Salt Lake Youth Development Academy Discovery Program was created to enhance the developmental process of youth soccer players all across Utah, from 7 to 14 years old. The RSLYDA Discovery Program offers world-class facilities, professional training, and technological resources to assure that players are progressing and reaching their individual goals. Along with player development, the Discovery Program will incorporate a RSL Coaching Education Program to provide community coaches with an opportunity to gain insight and knowledge of the game and learn the RSL Way, beginning in 2018.

Real Salt Lake believes in supporting local clubs and the opportunities these clubs provide to all youth soccer players in Utah. Players will be identified, scouted, and invited to participate in the Discovery Program based on several criteria that the RSLYDA coaching staff has created. The Discovery Program will supplement existing local club practice schedules by providing an elite training program and special events for invited players to attend. Players will be able to continue to enjoy their club soccer experience while simultaneously learning the RSL Way.

Player Selection

Players can be selected for the RSL Discovery Program in three ways:

  • Scouting Identification
  • Personal Player Application
  • Youth Programs Identification


U-9 to U-14

RSLYDA staff will select a pool of 25 players from each age group for a weekly training session in 6 session cycles.

Their respective club’s technical director will notify the players that are selected for the RSL Discovery Program. Every 6 weeks a list of players will be sent out to every club technical director, notifying them of the players selected.

Training Schedule

Metro Program: Alternating Mondays with the South Program

  • Zions Bank Real Academy

South Program: Alternating Mondays with the Metro Program

  • Zions Bank Real Academy

North Program: Every Friday

  • RSL Soccer Center – Cache Valley