Empire United Soccer Academy

Select Program (U15-U17)

Empire United Select Program

What is the Empire United Select Program?  

The Select Program is an opportunity to combine selected players from Empire United Rochester, Empire United Buffalo, and players from clubs affiliated with Empire United in order to provide additional training and competition in addition to their regular clubs teams and schedules.

What is the purpose of the Select Program?

To provide a larger pool of players with a unique and competitive developmental experience each year, highlighting high level training in preparation for additional Showcase events outside of those scheduled with their club teams. 

The Select Teams program offers two unique events to the selected players per season, in two individual cycles, which will include eight training sessions in preparation for each event.  Events and training are selected and scheduled so as not to interrupt club team training and competitions.


Ages: U15, U16, and U17 (2003, 2004, and 2005 Boys)

Events Overview:

Loudoun College Showcase – March 6-8, 2020 – Loudoun County, Virginia

o Training on select Fridays & Sundays beginning in January 2020

o Player ID event on Sunday, December 1st at Empire United Soccer Center (West Henrietta, NY)

Mid-Atlantic Cup – June 20-21, 2020 – Lancaster, Pennsylvania

o  Training on (mostly) Mondays beginning in April 2020; specific dates TBD

o Player ID event TBD

Boys Select Teams Coaching Staff:

  • 2005 Boys (U15) – Gianni Bussani (Empire United Rochester), gbussani@gmail.com
  • 2004 Boys (U16) – Gianni Bussani (Empire United Rochester), gbussani@gmail.com
  • 2003 Boys (U17) – Corey Deville (Empire United Buffalo), truefutbol@gmail.com

Player Selection: player selection will occur over two phases, as follows:

  • Club Scrimmages and matches with Club teams by Select Program staff
  • Recommendations from club coaching staff to the Select Program staff

Player Pools:

  • A player pool of 20-24 players will be selected for the training portion of each cycle for each of the three age groups
  • From each player pool, the Staff will select up to 18 players who will be invited to attend the event during the training cycle
  • Each player will be asked to pay for the training portion of each cycle if selected; if they are asked to attend an event, an additional cost will be incurred in order to cover event registration and coaching staff travel costs

 Loudoun College Showcase Training Schedule:

  • Sunday, January 5th, 2020 @ Sportsplex (90 Ridge Road, North Tonawanda, NY)
    • 9:30-11:00am - 2005 Boys
    • 11:00am-12:30pm - 2004 Boys
    • 12:30-2:00pm - 2003 Boys
  • Friday, January 10th, 2020 @ Empire United Soccer Center (1520 John Street, West Henrietta, NY)
    • 7:30-9:30pm - All teams
  • Friday, January 17th, 2020 @ Empire United Soccer Center
    • 7:30-9:30pm - All teams
  • Monday, January 20th, 2020 @ Sportsplex
    • 1:00-2:30pm - 2005 Boys
    • 2:30-4:00pm - 2004 Boys
    • 4:00-5:30pm - 2003 Boys
  • Sunday, January 26th, 2020 @ Sportsplex
    • 9:30-11:00am - 2005 Boys
    • 11:00am-12:30pm - 2004 Boys
    • 12:30-2:00pm - 2003 Boys
  • Friday, January 31st, 2020 @ Empire United Soccer Center
    • 7:30-9:30pm - 2003 & 2005 Boys ONLY (no 2004's)
  • Friday, February 7th, 2020 @ Empire United Soccer Center
    • 7:30-9:30pm - All teams
  • Friday, February 14th, 2020 @ Empire United Soccer Center
    • 7:30-9:30pm - 2003 & 2004 Boys ONLY (no 2005's)
  • Friday, Febrary 28th, 2020 @ Empire United Soccer Center
    • 7:30-9:30pm - 2004 & 2005 Boys ONLY (no 2003's)

Questions? Please contact Gianni Bussani (Rochester) at gbussani@gmail.com or Corey Deville (Buffalo) at truefutbol@gmail.com.