AC Cugini is an official Italian scuola calcio (soccer academy) and club based in Northern Virginia, committed to providing the BEST soccer training for young soccer players, recreational or travel, in a fun and stimulating environment. Cugini believes that excellent training and coaching is THE source for not only bringing out the best soccer skills in each child but for enhancing fine character as well. Cugini offers a unique program compared to all other soccer clubs in the Washington DC area and throughout the United States.
The organization's uniqueness stems from being an academy first and then a club; being an ITALIAN soccer academy, a rarity in the United States; and having the distinction of being the first and only soccer academy in North America sanctioned by the Italian National Olympic Committee - Comitato Olimpico Nazionale Italiano (CONI) and the Italian Soccer Federation (FIGC). AC Cugini, which also has facilities in Italy at Rome-based ASD COR 2005, is a member of the Virginia Youth Soccer Association, US Youth Soccer, the Old Dominion Soccer League (ODSL), the National Capital Soccer League (NCSL), the Washington Area Girls Soccer League (WAGS), and the Suburban Friendship League (SFL).
In June 2004, AC Cugini received special recognition from CONI for excellence in international programming and for advancing Italian player development and the scuola calcio program in the United States. In 2013, CONI appointed AC Cugini President Fabio Diletti as international representative of the 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.
In 2012, Italian professional club RES Roma Calcio Femminile (www.romafemminile.it
), 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. 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. RES Roma USA members ages 17 and older have the opportunity to live and play professional soccer in Italy and, if they choose, also attend the University of Roma, at ½ the cost of U.S. colleges and universities. All players will receive guidance on retaining U.S. college/university athletic scholarship status.
As Cugini is a soccer academy first and foremost, all Cugini coaches and trainers closely follow the same successful Italian National Olympic Committee sanctioned player development program designed to follow a player from age 4 and on. So even if a coach or trainer leaves Cugini, the training remains consistent and the player's skills progress without interruption. Cugini offers a full complement of licensed coaches and trainers in Virginia and at our training facility 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.
While Cugini training is unsurpassed, fees are kept low so that this unique soccer opportunity is affordable for all. Also, Cugini does not believe that travel teams should only be for those players who can afford the high expense of travel soccer. Therefore, Cugini offers scholarships to players with financial need, whether for recreational or travel team membership. Cugini works actively to raise funds for scholarship players so no child is turned away. We do not just leave scholarship decisions to parents on travel teas, the academy sets asides funds to be distributed to children with financial need.To further the growth of a "soccer academy" environment throughout the United States, Cugini opens its training programs in Virginia and Italy to non-member coaches and players. This sharing of knowledge with other U.S. soccer organizations is a strong component of 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.