Youth Academy

Program Info

The Youth Academy Program at United Soccer Alliance is intended to act as a bridge/pathway to our premier program. The emphasis in this program is on creating technically proficient players that have an understanding of small sided tactics by the time they move forward into the premier program. The use of various small sided games to teach various aspects of the game are heavily used. Ball mastery, 1v1 attacking & defending, running with the ball, back to pressure and numbers up and numbers down activities are just a few examples of the topics we cover in our curriculum. Players progress at different rates and as such our staff ensures to train everybody in a manner that is best for the individual’s needs. United Soccer Alliance embraces a positive environment that nurtures the development of young soccer players both on and off the field. Youth Academy Staff are licensed and experienced coaches that specialize in working with Academy aged soccer players. The Youth Academy program is a yearlong program that offers a higher level of training than that of our Recreational program.

  • Our Youth Academy offers a proven curriculum focusing on the development of the individual player.
  • Each staff coach in the Youth Academy is professionally licensed.
  • Youth Academy players train three times per week.
  • Goalkeepers are offered 1 additional position specific session per week.
  • At the U9 and U10 age groups girls are broken out in to our Youth Academy Girls Program.
  • Youth Academy teams culminate their regular season in both the Fall and the Spring with a Festival Day. 

U8 Academy

  • Focuses primarily on the player and technical proficiency in ball mastery, gross motor movements and playing in pairs.
  • Developing talented young soccer players, using fun small sided games and activities to facilitate a dynamic learning environment.
  • Trains twice per week and plays games over the weekend at the Eagle Harbor Soccer Complex or Ringhaver Park.
  • Optional third night/technical training night.
  • Opportunities to cross train with other academy teams.

U10 Academy

  • Expands on topics from the U8 age group and begins to introduce more advanced technical passing concepts as well as more advanced decision making activities.
  • Still uses small sided activities but begins to challenge the players to work in 3’s and 4’s instead of just pairs.
  • Once players graduate from the U10 age group they will begin their transition into the elite academy and continue to grow under the United Soccer Alliance philosophy
  • Trains twice per week and plays games over the weekend at the Eagle Harbor Soccer Complex or Ringhaver Park.
  • Optional third night/technical training night.
  • Opportunities to cross train with other academy teams.

Girls Youth Academy

The Girls Youth Academy Program at United Soccer Alliance provides an all girls environment for U9 and U10 age groups.

This year long program emphasizes technical skills and tactical knowledge for players in preparation for the Elite Academy and Premier level. The Girls Youth Academy Program includes two team trainings as well as a group training with all of the girls academy teams. Some topics covered throughout the season within our curriculum include: 1v1 attacking and defending, ball mastery, movement with and without the ball and back to pressure activities. Our Girls Youth Academy Program coaches are licensed and experienced coaches that specialize in working with Academy aged soccer players. 

Ages

U8 – U10
Boys & Girls

Dates

August – November
February – May

* The exact start dates vary from season to season.

EVALUATIONS

U10: May 3-6, 2021
U8: May 18-20, 2021

 

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Bridge Program

2021/22 Age Chart

U5    2017
U6    2016
U7    2015
U8    2014
U10  2012-2013
U12  2010-2011
U14  2008-2009
U16  2006-2007
U19  2003-2005

*Birth Certificates are required to be submitted to Club Registrar.

2019/20 Youth Academy Mid-Season Evaluations

Evaluations are for all players born between 2010 - 2013. 
The evaluations are for the SPRING 2020 season.

Evaluations are conducted by the United Soccer Alliance professional coaching staff. There are several evaluation dates and we prefer players to attend as many as possible to ensure they are placed appropriately.

MID-Season Evaluations: 
November 18th and December 3rd
Rain-Out Date: TBD

Location: Eagle Harbor Soccer Complex

Evaluation Times:
U8:    2012-2013     5:00pm to 6:00pm   Check-In: 4:45pm
U10:  2010-2011     6:00pm to 7:00pm   Check-In: 5:45pm

Want to Join The Club?

Our home fields are located at the Eagle Harbor Soccer Complex in Clay County, and we are one of the largest soccer clubs in Florida. We serve over 2500 youths of Clay and neighboring counties for Recreational, Academy, Premier and Semi-Professional Soccer.

 

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