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ACADEMY JUNIORS LEAGUE

The Academy Juniors League (AJL) provides a fun, safe and developmentally-appropriate environment for young players to come to learn the game of soccer through training and game play. We help players aged 4 to 10 grow in the sport by introducing them to formalized weekend game-play in addition to staff-led training sessions. 

Participants in the Academy Juniors League practice once per week in sessions facilitated by parent volunteer coaches and supported by Academy Directors. Our specialized curriculum helps players grow their technical skills and apply these skills in age-appropriate game-day environments.

Teams are co-ed and formed by birth-year and player request. Teams are trained by Academy staff once per week and coached by parent volunteers on game-day. 

Practices are held once per week for 50 minutes and games are played at LouCity/Racing Academy fields*.

Teams play 7-8 games per season.

 

Small-Sided Game Model

Goalkeeper

Team Size

Soccer Ball Size

U5/U6 (2017 & 2016 birth years)

3v3

No

6-7 players

3

U7 (2015 birth years)

3v3

No

6-7 players

3

U8 (2014 birth years)

5v5

Yes

8-10 players

3

U9/U10 (2013 & 2012 birth years)

5v5

Yes

8-10 players

4


DEVELOPMENT CENTERS (U7-10)

Build your technical skills in our Academy Development Centers! These sessions are designed to build a strong technical foundation in young players U7-U10 (Birth Years 2014-2011) as well as promote quick decision-making through the use of small-sided games. Our professional staff will model various individual skills and techniques used to beat opponents in 1v1 and 2v1 situations, then encourage players to try these skills in 1v1, 2v2 and 3v3 games. This program is great for players looking to develop the skills necessary to be successful in our Academy.