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The vision of Washington Rush, and the development of its philosophy, is based on four core developmental values:

•Professional environment
•Focus on development
•Level of training
•Coaching education

Professional environment
We strive to create an environment synonymous with the greatest Professional football Clubs around the world. Every member of the RUSH Family (player, parent, coach and staff member) will be treated with respect and compassion and will be encouraged to perform and behave to his/her best at every given moment. We will all wear the Club badge with pride and honor, and will represent what it means to be an Washington Rush Youth Player.

Focus on development
Player Development is the primary focus in every given moment when out on the field. This will always come before results and personal gain. Our practice sessions, team talks and other communication with the players and teams must meet the need of every individual. As a coach at RUSH we have the obligation to develop well-rounded young people and players. We will never stray from this belief. We wish to be known as a club that develops players internally, plays an aggressive attacking style, defends with enthusiasm, produces players with a high level of technical ability and tactical awareness. We also wish to portray sportsmanship and class, both in victory and defeat. 

Level of training
The level of training delivered to Washington Rush Players, will always be to the best of our ability and of the highest quality. Our preparation before a session (planning, punctuality, presentation) is recognized as vital to enhance the level of training. The terminology we use and delivery of a session will be similar throughout the age groups as we look to develop players for Washington Rush Soccer Club. All training will be conducted in a positive learning environment.

Coaching education
Rush coaches will continually keep updated with best practices and opportunities for development and continuing education. Regular coaches clinics will occur, as well as discussions, web based education and the attitude of an open door policy will allow for clear and concise communication between all levels of staff to in turn educate the coaches on the game of Soccer, and the principles of RUSH.

DA Events
Further updates upon release from US Soccer.
DA Philosophy


“The Rush Way to Play is based upon movement and activity by both player and ball. Possession-oriented does not fully describe how we play; attack-oriented does. Whether in possession or in defense, we are attacking. Rush Players play with freedom, yet understand the importance of responsibility and the balance between the two. Rush teams are flexible and adapt to varying circumstances. The Rush Way to Play represents both passion and purpose”.

•     Players are to be comfortable with a possession-based passing game, where the team will look to try and play out from the back in a coordinated and controlled manner and is developed through the thirds in order to produce goal-scoring opportunities when possible

•     Players will look to recognize opportunities to play forward and execute counter-attacking opportunities where possible but not at the expense of losing possession

•     Players will, upon losing possession, look to immediately regain possession by defending from the front as a preferred option, or to drop and establish a compact defensive shape when unable to do so

•     Above all, our teams are expected to display a competitive and winning mentality – winning games is of importance; however, this is not at the expense of the playing philosophy

The U12 age group will predominantly focus on technical development incorporating decision-making and consideration for basic principles of play. They will play predominantly in a flexible 4-2-2 formation with players encouraged to rotate positions. The U13 & U14 age groups will focus more toward tactical understanding and technical refinement. Players will still be required to have an understanding of a range of positions but as they progress through this phase should begin to develop a primary position within the team. 11v11 games will adopt a flexible 4-3-3 formation. The key aspect regarding formations is that they are a guide. The style of play is dictated by the playing philosophy and takes precedence overall.

DA Vision
DA Vision info coming soon.
DA Facilities
Kasch Park

Cavelero Middle High School

Archbishop Murphy High School

Mill Creek Sports Park

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DA Academy Graduates to Sounders FC
Info coming soon.
DA Uniforms
As part of our agreement with Adidas, Washington Rush provides all uniform items for Development Academy players. Items included in this agreement are Home and Away Jerseys, Shorts and Socks, Warm-Up Jacket and Pants, Cleats and Runners.