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Developmental Academy - Program Information

FUNdamental Stage  - 5 to 8 Years
Coaches are responsible for developing a general understanding of the basic rules of the game. Stress the FUNdamentals of soccer at this age. These rules are best taught in the third progression of the practice, which is the free play. Players should have a good understanding of how to perform the specific tasks and the rules that accompany them. Goals of the stage:
  • Introduce young players to the fundamentals of soccer through imaginative play
  • Nurture a love of soccer by allowing the freedom of playing within small-group situations
  • Develop a desire for the ball and scoring goals; this will produce the desire to play "real" soccer

u6 Jamborees occur on Friday afternoons for six weeks from 4-5pm or 5-6pm. Players are engaged in imaginative games that encourage lots of touches on the ball and develop basic skills. Players will participate with a large group in sessions facilitated by Academy Director, Hailey Bird. Parents are invited to play with the group as necessary. The end-of-season jamboree, a mini-tournament style event, will take place on a Saturday morning at the end of the season. Shinguards are required. Jerseys will be provided by the Club for all participants.

u8 teams are made up of eight to ten players. Teams practice twice per week, as determined by the coach, with games on Saturday mornings throughout an eight week season. Games are 4v4 without goalkeepers.The end-of-season jamboree, a mini-tournament style event, will take place on the Saturday morning at the end of the season. Shinguards are required, and cleats are recommended. Jerseys will be provided by the Club for all participants.

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Age Group Designation & Registration Eligibility

2021-2022 Season
Birth Year Age Group Designation: Registration Eligibility: Program Designation:
2017 5U 6U Academy
2016 6U 6U Academy
2015 7U 8U Academy
2014 8U 8U Academy
2013 9U 10U In-House or MRL
2012 10U 10U In-House or MRL
2011 11U 12U MRL or Advanced
2010 12U 12U or 13U MRL or Advanced
2009 13U 13U or 15U MRL or Advanced
2008 14U 14U or 15U MRL or Advanced
2007 15U 15U MRL or Advanced
2006 16U 17U Advanced
2005 17U 17U Advanced
2004 18U 19U Advanced
2003 19U 19U Advanced


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