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Additional Recognition from CONI Servizi

In 2013, the Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI) appointed AC Cugini President Fabio Diletti as international representative of its newly created CONI Servizi division. This rare distinction allows AC Cugini to bring its youth athletes (as well as athletes in other sports) to train and stay at the Italian Olympic Athletes Training Center in Rome. As before, all Cugini members will have the opportunity to participate in exceptional international programming in Italy including tournament play against Italian teams.

RES Roma USA Girls Soccer Academy

  

In 2012, Italian professional club RES Roma Calcio Femminile, the women’s side of powerhouse AS Roma, approached AC Cugini President Fabio Diletti to develop an all girls soccer academy in the United States to further the advancement of Italian player development methodology and serve as its Technical Director. In 2013, AC Cugini launched RES Roma USA, the first organization in America to be affiliated with a professional Italian women’s soccer club. The objective of the all girls academy is to strengthen female player development to prepare athletes for high school play, college level play, or play at the professional level in the United States or Italy. All players will receive guidance on retaining U.S. college/university athletic scholarship status.

Affiliation with Brescia Calcio


AC Cugini is excited to announce the enhancement of its boys academy program through its affiliation with Brescia Calcio, which plays in Italian professional league Serie B. This rare distinction allows AC Cugini to bring male American and Canadian athletes to train and play soccer in Brescia, Italy, as well as arrange for players to  attend university in Italy  at fees well below the cost of an American university education.  

The AC Cugini Story


AC Cugini, based near Washington, DC with an office in Florence, Italy and facilities in Rome, is an official Italian scuola calcio (soccer academy) sanctioned by the Italian National Olympic Committee - Comitato Olimpico Nazionale Italiano  Servizi (CONI Servizi) and the Italian Soccer Federation - Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio (FIGC). AC Cugini is a member of the US Soccer Federation, US Youth Soccer, US Club Soccer, Virginia Youth Soccer Association (VYSA), Maryland State Youth Soccer Association (MSYSA) ,National Capital Soccer League (NCSL), Washington Area Girls Soccer League (WAGS), Old Dominion Soccer League (ODSL), E Development Program League (EDP), and the Suburban Friendship League (SFL). In 2013, AC Cugini affiliated with professional Italian women’s club, RES Roma Calcio Femminile (the women’s side of Italian premier league AS Roma) and professional Italian men’s club Brescia Calcio.

AC Cugini's Unique Soccer Across America Status
Since its inception in 2000, AC Cugini has been committed to never turning away a player wishing to enroll in AC Cugini’s recreational house league or 11-month travel academy program due to limited family income. In 2014, US Youth Soccer and VYSA granted AC Cugini “Soccer Across America” status due to AC Cugini’s long history of outreach to and support of children from low-income families. AC Cugini is committed to promoting the SAA program throughout Virginia and the United States.

Unique Programming in the USA
As the first and only official Italian academy in North America sanctioned by CONI Servizi and FIGC, AC Cugini clearly offers a unique and exceptional training environment for American players. Our goal is to develop players over the long term and nurture passion for the game, in keeping with the long tradition and history of success of the Italian academy program model. AC Cugini chooses coaches and trainers who all follow the same Italian player development methodology. Our uniqueness also stems from being an academy/school first and then a club; being an official Italian soccer academy, a rarity in the United States; and having the distinction of being the first and only youth soccer academy in North America sanctioned by the Italian National Olympic Committee - Servizi (CONI Servizi) and the Italian Soccer Federation (FIGC). In addition, our coed Pre-Travel Academy  players receive training from professional instructors at EVERY practice.

As AC Cugini is an academy first and foremost, all AC Cugini coaches and trainers closely follow the same world renowned and successful Italian National Olympic Committee sanctioned player development program, designed to follow a player from age 6 to age 18. So even if a coach or trainer leaves AC Cugini, the training remains consistent and the player’s skills progress without interruption. AC Cugini offers a full complement of licensed coaches and trainers in Virginia and Maryland and at our training academy in Rome that allows us to bring additional UEFA licensed coaches from Italy to the United States; take teams to Italy for tournaments; offer training for coaches and players year round in Italy; and arrange tryouts for talented players - both male and female - with professional Italian clubs.

Commitment to Making Soccer Possible for All
While AC Cugini training is unsurpassed, fees are kept low so that this unique soccer opportunity is affordable for all. Also, AC Cugini does not believe that elite/travel teams should only be for those players who can afford the high expense of travel soccer. Therefore, we offer scholarships to eligible players with financial need, whether for recreational or the 11-month academy program membership. AC Cugini officials also work with every family who may not qualify for a scholarship yet still need some form of assistance or special payment arrangements so no qualified child is ever turned away from participating on an AC Cugini team.

Knowledge Sharing
To further the growth of a “soccer academy” environment throughout the United States, AC Cugini opens its training programs in the United States and Italy to non-member coaches and players. This sharing of knowledge with other US based soccer organizations is a strong component of AC Cugini’s philosophy that everyone in the soccer community can benefit from a soccer academy model, which, in turn, strengthens American soccer players, whether they choose to play in the United States or overseas.

From the Beginning
After coaching youth soccer in Washington, DC, and Northern Virginia, AC Cugini Founder and President Fabio Diletti, an Italian native who played goalkeeper for professional Italian club Ascoli Calcio (founded in 1898), started his own summer soccer training program in 1999 in Great Falls, VA, that was followed by a winter program. The success of those programs and continued interest from players and their parents led Fabio to establish an Italian soccer academy and club modeled after the soccer academies he grew up with and trained at in Italy.
                                                                                                  
In 2000, AC Cugini became a member of VYSA, US Youth Soccer, the US Soccer Federation, ODSL, and SFL. In  2002, AC Cugini affiliated with professional Italian club AC Perugia - an Italian premier league Serie A club. In 2005, the NCSL and WAGS accepted AC Cugini as a member.

Italian National Olympic Committee Award
AC Cugini conducted its 1st annual Play Soccer in Italy training and tournament play in June 2001 as part of the academy’s growing cross-cultural international programming. While conducting the 4th annual Play Soccer in Italy program in June 2004, AC Cugini received special recognition from the Italian National Olympic Committee for excellence in international programming and for advancing Italian player development and the "scuola calcio" program in the United States.

During Summer 2003, AC Cugini offered its first annual guest trainer from Italy program in Virginia with an AC Perugia talent scout, who selected three Cugini players to try out for AC Perugia in Italy,  two of whom were selected for AC Perugia’s U13 youth team. In 2004, AC Cugini conducted its 2nd guest trainer program in Virginia with Armando Ciarrocchi, a UEFA-licensed instructor from Rome and professional scout. After the training, four Cugini players, whom Ciarrocchi had previously reviewed in Italy, were selected to try out with professional clubs in Rome. One player was invited to join Italian professional club Cisco Lodigiani’s youth program.

Continued Growth & Success
During AC Cugini’s 5th annual Play Soccer in Italy program in 2005, AC Cugini’s U10 boys team (with three female players) came away tournament champions in their division playing against all Italian teams. That same year,  two AC Cugini female players were accepted by professional Italian women’s teams.  In 2006, AC Cugini affiliated with ASD-COR 2005 of Rome, Italy, to add to its facilities and enhance training opportunities overseas. During AC Cugini’s 2007 Play Soccer in Italy tournament, an AC Cugini U16 female player received the tournament’s Most Valuable Player Award - out of all the players on 8 boys teams in the division.

In 2008, AC Cugini President Fabio Diletti traveled to Florence, Italy, to sign a formal affiliation with Italian premier league club ACF Fiorentina and in June the same year, AC Cugini players participated in their first ACF Fiorentina training camp in Italy. In 2009, a Cugini Play Soccer in Italy participant was selected by professional club FC Esperia Viareggio, based in Viareggio, Italy, where he went to live and play for the club.

Affiliation with RES Roma Calcio Femminile
In 2012, Italian professional women’s club RES Roma Calcio Femminile (the women’s side of powerhouse AS Roma), approached AC Cugini President Fabio Diletti to develop an all girls soccer academy in the United States and serve as its Technical Director to further the advancement of Italian player development methodology. In 2013, AC Cugini opened an office in Florence, Italy, and launched RES Roma USA, the first youth organization in America to be affiliated with a professional Italian women’s club. The objective of the all girls academy is to strengthen female player development to prepare athletes for high school play, college level play, or play at the professional level in the United States or Italy. All players receive guidance on retaining U.S. college/university athletic scholarship status.

Office in Florence, Italy, and Affiliation with Professional Italian Men's Club Brescia Calcio
AC Cugini expanded its overseas operations by opening an office in Florence, Italy, in August 2013, headed by its International Programs Coordinator affiliated with Italian professional men’s club Brescia Calcio to enhance its the player development methodology of its  boys academy program. The affiliation offers AC Cugini boys team members the opportunity to train in Italy with Brescia Calcio's youth team instructors and be reviewed by professional scouts.

In 2013, the Italian National Olympic Committee appointed AC Cugini President Fabio Diletti as international representative of its newly created CONI Servizi division. This rare distinction allows AC Cugini to bring its youth athletes (as well as athletes in other sports) to train and stay at the Italian Olympic Athletes Training Center in Rome. As before, all AC Cugini members will have the opportunity to participate in exceptional international programming in Italy, including tournament play against Italian teams and review by talent scouts from numerous Italian and European professional soccer clubs - both men’s and women’s, as well as CONI-sponsored coach education and sports management programs.

In 2014, AC Cugini President Fabio Diletti was appointed head coach of the Maryland-based ACF Torino women’s team playing in the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL). That same year, AC Cugini’s Play Soccer in Italy program hosted a U14 boys team at the Italian Olympic Athletes Training Center in Rome where they received training from FIGC instructors.

Virginia and Maryland Expansion
In 2015, AC Cugini expanded its programming to the Fredericksburg, VA, area.  In 2016, AC Cugini became a member of the Maryland State Youth Soccer Association (MSYSA) and expanded its programming to Maryland for elite male and female players and recreational players in the Frederick, MD, area. The Roma Academy Maryland programming, in collaboration with the teaching staff from FIGC and CONI Servizi, has created a new project for Maryland players, “Sports Culture”, which aims to promote Italian player development, language, and culture.. Providing a friendly environment for all, the focus is on developing young players to reach their highest potential and goals, whether at the professional or college level (in the United States or in Italy), or just for fun. The MD programming duplicates AC Cugini's log established and highly succerssful Virginian-based programming to also include unique international cross-cultural opportunities, training and playing with the best clubs in Italy, and exposure to a new language and culture.