ID Centers




Boston Bolts are pleased to announce its Boys US Soccer Development Academy & Boys ECNL ID Centers. Our ID Centers will allow players the opportunity to display their talents in front of our DA & ECNL coaching staff. Be a part of the most elite club in Massachusetts.  Boston Bolts are the ONLY club in Massachusetts to provide BOTH a FULL (U12 to U19) US Development Academy and FULL (U13 to U19) Boys ECNL opportunity.  We have the right spot for all talented players!

The Boys DA & Boys ECNL ID Centers will be used for the Bolts Academy coaching staff to evaluate for potential selection to DA and ECNL teams in the appropriate age groups. 

Boys Birth Year 2007 & 2008

April 25th - Wednesday - Harvard University - 6:30-8PM

Boys Birth Year 2006

May 2nd - Wednesday - Harvard University - 6:30-8PM



*Online registration for the Bolts ID Center is required

The pool of players for both the DA and ECNL teams in each age group will be assessed at the same time, together.

Facility Information: ID Center is held at Jordan Field Soccer Stadium at Harvard University athletic complex.  Entrance at 65 No. Harvard St. Allston


For more information about the ID Centers and other birth years for Boys DA and Boys ECNL teams, contact Dan Colwell at

Boston Bolts - Tryout Information

2017/18 Tryouts


Tryouts are held annually for NEP teams in early June, but we welcome players anytime to the Bolts!  Please contact Dan Colwell, Boston Region Director or our other Region Directors below to schedule a tryout.


 Boys ECNL & Boston Region Contact Dan Colwell


 North Region Contact Charlie Cajdric

 Central Region Contact Chris Payne

 East Region Contact  Don Whitaker

  South Region Contact Eric Parada

 Revere Region Contact: Cesar Salazar

Tryout Information


Boston Bolts are a 501(C)(3) non-profit corporation, and our club’s stated mission is to empower and develop young players to reach their ultimate potential on and off the field through premium coaching and the highest quality competition.  Our actual mission goes far deeper than just technical and tactical development. Using soccer as a vehicle, we aspire to help our players enrich their life skills by building self esteem, developing good health habits, managing the demands of a major extracurricular time commitment and working collaboratively in performance oriented teams. This helps our players learn how to be leaders, how to interact effectively with adults, how to get the most out of one another and how to channel their competitive instincts productively.

Bolts connections to the college soccer coaching community and the advisory services we provide greatly help support our players reach athletic goals they otherwise may not be able to reach.

Member Benefits

Listed below are additional unique member benefits to playing with Boston Bolts:

  • Outstanding professional coaching and technical guidance
  • Affiliation with professional European club – AS Roma providing curriculum, training and International competition
  • Nike Premier partnership
  • US Soccer Development Academy founding member.  The only amateur club in this state to offer full range of Development Academy teams U12 to U19
  • Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) Boys teams U13 to U19.  One of only two clubs in Massachusetts to offer Boys ECNL
  • EZ Kit Online ordering of uniforms through our official retailer & discounts on Nike footwear and other apparel at WeGotSoccer in Foxboro
  • New England Premiership (NEP) league founding member
  • Player identification process for all levels by scouts
  • Weekly club newsletter
  • International Soccer & Cultural Tours through our partner GoPlay
  • College Night and college planning program
  • Club alumni in top colleges and pros
  • PDL franchise for college age players and older

Boston Bolts conduct open tryouts each year for all of our teams. 

The mutual commitment between a player and the Club lasts for one year. At the conclusion of the season, open tryouts are held in June. Selection to a team one year does not guarantee that player a place on the team the following year. Tryouts are held every year to allow teams to replace players who have dropped off or have moved on. Tryouts also allow hardworking and ambitious players, not currently with the Club, who have improved their playing ability, to join stronger or more competitive teams in Boston Bolts.  Detailed tryout schedules for each region are posted in first week of May. Click on the region tab for more details and contact information for Bolts Regional Contacts in your area.




New BIRTH YEAR Age Groups

US Soccer has mandated a change to how American soccer will be organized, changing age groups from an August-July format to January-December. The current cutoff date in American youth soccer is Aug. 1. Academy teams have used birth year since 2007, but we will now use BIRTH YEAR age groups for every team in the club.  Birth year means a child will play in the age group of the year of their birth. For example, if your child was born between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31 2002, he will play in the 2002 Birth Year age group. If your child was born between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31 2006, he would be placed in the 2006 Birth Year age group.

The primary benefit to playing in Birth Year is purely developmental. Birth Year will allow our strongest players to train and play against older players which is one of the best ways to speed up player development. Many of the greatest players in the world played up against older players for the majority of their youth careers. At the club level, it will allow for better development because individual players will be more challenged which in turn raises competitive standards.

We anticipate some anxiety as the tryout process unfolds with the short-term social impact changes could cause, but, we believe developmentally players with benefit and every player will find an appropriate place.

If you have any questions about Bolts teams and the birth year mandate, please don't hesitate to ask any of our Regional Directors & Club Staff.

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