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Mar, 2017

PFC Elite Development Academy

The Pittsburgh Football Club is excited to announce our new youth soccer program, the PFC Elite Development Academy! The new Elite Development Academy will be for the youth player ages U8 through U12 with age appropriate curriculum. The curriculum will
focus on the development of the individual player, working on appropriate technical growth and working within our club vision of “creating players, committed to excellence on the field, and in our communities.”

In addition to our new program, we are thrilled to announce the hiring of a new director of the Elite Development Academy, Coach Allen Duda!! Coach Duda will be a great asset to our coaching staff, mostly because he brings with him a philosophy that is consistent with the mission of the Pittsburgh Football Club. He understands the developmental needs of players and is very patient in his approach to teaching the game. We are very excited to have him on board!

Coach Duda has a vast array of experience in developing youth players in the Pittsburgh area at every level, including his current role as the men’s and women’s assistant soccer coach at Carlow University. He is also involved in local futsal training and skill development with Next Level. He is a nationally licensed coach who holds a B.S. in Physical Education and Sports Management from Slippery Rock University.

Coach Duda believes that positive reinforcement helps to foster a player’s confidence and encourage their play. He wants to create better decision makers and establish a sense of personal responsibility with the players. Most importantly, Coach Duda wants the players to respect themselves, their team, coaches, opponents, and the game itself. This will establish an appreciation and passion for the game of soccer, which Allen believes will ensure every player’s strengths to develop and emerge.

“Give all players a chance, be patient, nurture each player, they will all flourish at different times so be persistent. Some rise quickly, some rise slowly but all will rise at some time.“ Allen Duda

The Elite Development Academy will fully launch in the Fall of 2017, but PFC will hold an 6-week preview session of the new program. The Spring 2017 preview session will be held Friday Evenings at Green Tree SportsPlex beginning on Friday, April 21, 2017.

For more information on the Elite Development Academy and for registration information, please visit our website at

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