Center of Excellence

Center of Excellence programs offer advanced training to elite male and female players aged 8-12 and provide high-level supplementary training and the first step into the Houston Dynamo Academy. The Houston Dynamo operates as seasonal, weekly training sessions a select locations around Houston; Summer and Winter camp programs and Residential Camps at the Houston Sports Park, utilizing the exclusive Center of Excellence curriculum and online player assessment. Center of Excellence registrations that occur during the regular MLS season include individual registrations with a free companion ticket to select Houston Dynamo games at BBVA Compass Stadium.

Types of Programs

The Center of Excellence Training Programs operate as two hour, weekly training sessions at satellite locations around Houston. Access to the Center of Excellence Training Programs is by tryout. The tryout process is free and allows us to create the most competitive training groups possible, featuring the competitive Center of Excellence curriculum focusing on Indivdual Technique and Game Awareness. These popular training sessions feature a full Dynamo training uniform.

New for 2014 is the introduction of a Futsal Center of Excellence Training Program. These programs operate as indoor 90 minute, weekly training sessions, utlizing minimal bounce balls to promote ball mastery and speed of play. Access to these programs is by tryout only.

Also new for 2014 is a goalkeeper-specific Center of Excellence. These operate at the Houston Sports Park as weekly intensive hour long sessions. A free goalkeeper clinic will be offered prior to the Spring Goalkeeper Center of Excellence

The Houston Sports Park provides the location for Center of Excellence Camps. This 6 field complex is the full time training home of the Dynamo First Team and Academy. Camps are offered at Summer and Winter vacations. Center of Excellence camp programs are 3 hours in duration for 8-12 year olds with goal keeper programs available for players aged 10-12. Camps include a Houston Dynamo Adidas Training Jersey and Ball. 

The Houston Dynamo Residential Elite Camp caters for competitive team players, aged 10-12 years (boys and girls) and feature the exclusive Center of Excellence curriculum. This camp provides unique training experiences and ensures that all players are immersed in one of the most intensive soccer environments available.

Success Stories

The Houston Dynamo offers programs for players aged 5-18. Players who excel have the opportunity to move into the Dynamo Academy and some may follow in the footsteps of Tyler Deric and Bryan Salazar into the First Team. Click here to learn more about the Center of Excellence from previous players.

Contact Information

For general inquiries on all Center of Excellence programs, including hosting a CoE at your facility, please email or call 713-433-3967.

Full Schedule

Click here to view the full 2014 Houston Dynamo Youth Programs schedule.


Click here to register for a Houston Dynamo Center of Excellence program.

Financial Assistance

Click here to apply for financial assistance for a Center of Excellence program.