DC Player Development Academy

About Our Partnership with Celtic Football Club (Glasgow, Scotland)

Celtic Football Club (founded 1888) has a world renowned reputation for developing players. The club, founded by a priest in 1888 used football (aka soccer) to alleviate the suffering of hunger in the east end of Glasgow. A mission the club still supports today. DCPDA is proud to be a partner with such a storied club on and off of the pitch. To that end our partnership provides:

1) Monthly Coaching meetings with the Celtic Footbal Club academy staff. We are provided valuable content for training, game preparation and more that we are able to pass on to our members

2) Celtic Football Club youth academy coaches come over once per year to provide a camp that exposes the publc to the Celtic Way-- an exceptional youth development program that has produced more than 160 players to European professional clubs since 2002. Our next camp is June 18th - 22nd in Washington, D.C.

3) DCPDA is eligible to send up to 2 players per year to train at Celtic Park (all expense paid for 1 week). Those players selected represent the best on and off of the pitch

4) Select DCPDA youth academy players will be invited to Celtic North American "Elite Player ID Camp" where each North American club sends their top players to train and evaluated over the course of 3 days in a residential setting.

5) DCPDA will form a team of 20 players from its teams to train for 1 week at Celtic Park in 2018 or 2019. This will give select players a first hand experience and unprecedented access to the "Celtic Way."

6) DCPDA top youth academy players who may want to train full time in the Celtic Football Academy (Scotland) may be selected and could be offered space in the Celtic Academy which includes soccer in the CFA, private education, and

7) DCPDA has the option of putting together a team that will play against Celtic and other professional youth academy teams in Scotland and the UK.

"I have trained in the USA, Holland, Germany, and now Scotland and can say this is the best development/partnership programs I have ever had the pleasure of being a part of says DCPDA Director, Whitney Minnis"


Coach Whitney Minnis

Coach Michael Elfman

Technical Director and Founder, DCPDA

Head Coach, DCPDA (2018-2019) u13 & u19 Boys

20 plus years youth coaching experience

3 years assistant pro team coach (USL)

USL exprofessional player 7 years.

USSF "B" License coach

UCS, Level 2 Goalkeeper Diploma

USA Track and Field (USATF) -Level 1 Coaching Diploma

Head Coach, Boys Varsity Soccer, Wilson High School (2 years)

DCIAA City Champions 2016-2017, Washington Post #5, 2017

Head Coach, Boys Freshmen, Wilson High School (1 year)

Full scholarship student athlete, University of the District of Columbia

Author, How To Get an Athletic Scholarship, 1995

Michael Elfman
Assistant Coach
USSF "B" License

Coaching Education:
United States Soccer Federation National 'B' License
USSF 'Youth' License

AC Fiorentina (Serie A-Italia)
Certificate of Qualification: 1st Level Master's Coaching Course

AC Milan (Serie A-Italia)
Junior Camp Coaching Certificate

Playing Experience:
•Genoa C.F.C. Reserves (Italia)
•Manhattan Beach Exiles, Cal-South (United States Adult Soccer Association)
•Dirty Dozen, Cal-South (United States Adult Soccer Association)
•Schoolboy/Youth Club Teams (Bahrain, Cyprus, England, Italia and United States)

Coaching Experience:
Maryland ODP
• Assistant Head Coach, Girls U-13 2014, 2016- present
•Assistant Head Coach, Girls U-12 2015-'16
•Assistant Head Coach, Boys U-15 2014
•Head Coach, Girls U-17 2011-'12

Staff Scout 2008-'09: Real Maryland Monarchs (USL)

Our 2017teams will play under the DCPDA "Phoenix" banner and will be formed by birth year:

u13- boys (2006s and 2007s) - Phoenix '06 - Coach Michael Elfman (MD ODP, USSF "B")

u15 -boys (2004s and 2005s) - Phoenix '04 - Coach Michael Elfman (MD ODP, USSF "B")

u17 - boys (2002 and 2003s) - Phoenix '02 -Coach Whitney Minnis (T.D., USSF "B")

u19- boys (2000s, 2001s) - Phoenix '00 - Whitney Minnis (T.D., USSF "B")

Celtic FC International Partner