St. Louis Scott Gallagher was created in 2008 after the merger of St. Louis’ top area clubs; St. Louis Soccer Club, Scott Gallagher and Metro United Soccer Club. The goal was to create a unique, vertically integrated soccer organization of the highest quality thereby ensuring that players from the St. Louis and Metro East region continued to be represented in the national soccer landscape.
The clubs mission is: To build the best club in the country. A club that positively impacts the development of our players on and off the field and positively impacts our community.
In furtherance of their stated mission to both positively impact players and the community, in 2014, St. Louis Scott Gallagher purchased Saint Louis FC, a 2nd Division Professional team competing in the United Soccer League (USL). Saint Louis FC, is the only outdoor professional soccer team in St. Louis and one of the only 2nd Division clubs in the United States with a full youth to professional Academy pathway.
Previously known as the SLSG IL Academy and SLSG MO Academy, in the fall of 2017 the two programs came together to form the Saint Louis FC Academy (U15-U19) while maintaining U12-U14 Academies at both SLSG IL and SLSG MO. The new structure allows for the combination of the most elite players from each program, and thus a more competitive environment for the development of youth players to the professional level. The Saint Louis FC Academy program is designed as a professional pathway spanning the U12-U19 age groups, with most of the teams competing in the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) Development Academy League.
As the only FIFA recognized governing body in the United States, the USSF created the Development Academy in 2007 in order to improve the everyday environment and identification of elite players for the US Men’s National Team program. The US Soccer Development Academy is comprised of 80 clubs with full Academy programs (U12-U19). The league is an extension of the US Men’s National Team program and selected clubs were chosen based on past player development history, coaching staff qualifications and the ability to provide meaningful competition to other top clubs in the United States.
If you are interested in more information about the Saint Louis FC Academy program, please contact us at Academy@saintlouisfc.com. To speak with someone about how to join the Saint Louis FC Academy, please complete our Interested Player Form by clicking the link below: