Youth Elite

Boys Ages
10-13

9v9, 11v11

Elite Player
Development

10-month

Avg. 3-4
Per Week

Avg. 1 Game
on Weekends

Regional
& National

Licensed
Professional
Coaches

MLS Next Playoffs & Showcases

PROGRAMYouth Elite
PLAYERSBoys Ages 10-13
FORMAT9v9, 11v11
FOCUSElite Player Development
SEASON10-month
TRAININGAvg. 3-4 Per Week
GAMESAvg. 1 Game on Weekends
TRAVELRegional & National
COACHINGLicensed Professional Coaches
TOURNAMENTSMLS Next Playoffs & Showcases

Youth Elite

In Spring 2020, Major League Soccer (MLS) invited Javanon FC to represent Kentucky in a new elite development league and platform: MLS Next. A total of 98 elite academy clubs, most of which formerly participated in the US Soccer Development Academy joined the MLS’s 30 existing club academies, ushering in a new platform that has transformed youth player development in North America. The competition now encompasses more than 598 teams and 11,000 players, across 133 clubs and six age groups, and consists of elite year-round competition.

By joining this new platform, Javanon created an unprecedented era for soccer in Kentucky and established a partnership with the highest level of soccer in North America. The move also integrated our club with the MLS’ resources to deliver important programming, education and innovation in the key areas of Player Development, Player Identification, Coaching Education, Environment, Personal Growth and Community Outreach. Javanon and the other competing elite academy clubs not only aim to develop world class players, but also create an equally structured soccer development culture to support and inspire elite-level players.

Upon joining MLS Next, Javanon recognized the opportunity to utilize the new elite platform to galvanize the Kentucky soccer community to align and compete together. With that collaborative mindset, we are piloting a unique partnership with the area’s top youth soccer clubs: Global FC, Mockingbird Valley Premier, and United 1996. Our intention was to begin the relationship in 2021, grow together to support our partner clubs, and develop and inspire our elite boys and girls.

Beginning with pool training and friendlies in the off-season for the U11-U12 age groups, leaders from the four clubs focused on identifying each top player’s potential, to possibly compete together within the MLS Next platform for the boys U13-U14 teams. The Javanon teams that currently compete in MLS Next have also added full-time and supplemental part-time players and coaches from the three clubs.

Program Directors

Technical Director
Juan Carlos Carreras Domingo

MLS NEXT Director
Alex Kuehl

Youth Boys Director of Coaching
Barnard Baker

Staff Coaches
Graham Merryweather
Thuto Nhlekisana

Club Administrator
Nikki Warford