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Athens United Soccer Association

Academy Program

 

WHAT IS OUR ACADEMY PROGRAM?

Academy soccer is a unique program in which 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 year old boys and girls receive top quality soccer training in a fun and flexible environment. This is the first experience in competitive soccer play and should provide the best opportunity for successful transition from the developmental program to the 7 a side, 9 a side and 11 a side game of select soccer. The Academy program will implement age appropriate training systems developed under the guidelines of GSSA and the United States Soccer Federation (USSF). Various European club training models and techniques will be integrated into the curriculum for a truly international system of player development.


Focus on Technical Development
There are 4 basic technical skills that must be developed in the U9 through U12 age groups. Crucial technical skills include dribbling, receiving, passing and shooting. Players will also develop technical skills such as the ability to organize offenses or defenses and recognize when to make certain types of runs. These skills are useless if a player can not receive the ball cleanly, dribble creatively away from pressure, pass accurately, and shoot the ball on goal. The Academy program will place training priorities on the most important technical topics: dribbling with creativity, mastering moves and fakes, receiving the ball away from pressure, accurate passing, shooting with power and accuracy, volleying and heading.




Age Groups for the upcoming 2017 - 2018 seasonal year:

Under 09     Players Born in 2009
Under 10     Players Born in 2008
Under 11     Players Born in 2007
Under 12     Players Born in 2006




2017-18 Academy Evaluations:

MAY 30 & 31 and JUNE 1
BOYS AND GIRLS




Evaluations will be held at:

Holland Park Sports Complex

250 Vincent Drive
Athens Ga 30606


*Make sure to bring a ball, shin guards, cleats and water.


Fees:
Fee includes Georgia Soccer registration and insurance, referee fees, professional training/coaching, one AUSA tournament,
field use, equipment, and league administration. 

 U9  - U10: $950/seasonal year ($475/season)
U11 - U12: $1050/seasonal year ($525/season)

Player Assignments:
Players will be accepted into the Academy via a tryout system. Accepted players will be divided by age and gender and placed in pools/on teams. Academy pool/teams of players will practice together under the supervision of licensed coaches and professional trainers. Players movement from team to team may be necessary for those who progress at a quicker than normal rate or for those who may need a different level of competition. This flexibility is unique to the academy program.

Practices:
In the Academy program, we offer 1.5-hour practice sessions twice per week. There is an optional 3rd session for scrimmage games or special training topics. Goalkeeper sessions are offered at least once per week.

Games:
Academy players will participate for 2 full seasons. (All players/parents are required to sign a player/parent commitment contract to participate in the Academy program) The fall season will take place August - November and the spring season will take place from
February - May. Academy teams will play at least 10 games per season, half at home and half away against other academy teams.
U9 & U10 teams will play 6v6 games, U11 & U12 teams will play 8v8 games. Games will consist of 2 halves at 30 minutes each. All
players will play ½ of every game.

Player Movement:
The Club and the Academy staff have the ability to move players on a game by game basis as they wish to enhance the individual player’s development. This can happen with promotion or relegation. This will encourage players to always give 100% effort when practicing and
also when playing in games. Players mature and learn at different stages of their soccer careers, so if players are selected for one particular team, this is not necessarily a guarantee that this decision is a permanent one. Some players thrive on competition immediately and others take time to adjust, so each player will be evaluated individually. Success of the team stems from continuity so it is very important to keep that in mind when picking our teams and developing our young soccer players.

Coaching Games and Practice:
All coaching should be left to the coaching staff and parents should not offer advice to players during games or practice. Parents should refrain from giving any tactical feedback to players regarding performance unless they have consulted with the coach as they may give contradictory information or over repeat what the coach has already said, either of which can lead to confusion or frustration for the player.

Positive Parental Support:
Positive support is vital during times of disappointment which is a natural part of a young soccer player’s developmental success.

Positive Encouragement:
Positive encouragement from parents is vital to help young soccer players understand the significance of winning and losing, the experience of frustration in learning, and the need to develop self confidence.

Positive Coaching:
Positive coaching from our staff is vitally important to our player’s development. We must ensure that our players are instilled with the confidence to play and have an understanding of the coach’s instructions. We must also ensure that our players are able to accept constructive and negative information that will help them to improve them as soccer players and team members. Encouragement at this level is a massive motivational tool to making our players successful, creative and well rounded soccer players.

Tournaments:
Teams will participate in 2-4 local tournaments a seasonal year (including the Athens Invitational that is held in August or the Athens Finale in December). The coaches will determine participation in the end of season tournaments and team rosters. As with practice and games, players may be moved during tournaments as parity dictates.

Travel:
All games will be played with local leagues to eliminate extensive travel for players at such a young age. Travel will be limited to 1 - 1.5 hours if at all possible.