Pre Academy U8 Program

We recognize that there are many talented U8 (6- and 7-year-old) players who would benefit from a more focused soccer environment, which continues to nurture their development and prepare them for higher-level soccer.  Our program provides passionate, motivated and advanced U8 players a professional environment with professional coaches and like-minded teammates.

The program focuses on individual skills and small group play, which are essential for good personal and team performance.   Games will be played both in-house and against other local clubs with the emphasis being on effort and development, not outcome. 

Our professional coaches will not only educate the players about the game, but give players and parents a view of the skills and techniques necessary for long-term soccer success.  Training topics will focus on dribbling, receiving, passing, ball striking, and principles of attacking and defending in a 1v1 and 2v2 situations, as well as a continued effort to expand each players own coordination, balance, body movement and confidence.

Pre-Academy teams will train twice weekly for 1.5 hours.  Games will be played on Saturdays and occasionally Sundays as well.  Players make a one year commitment to the club and play Aug – Nov and Feb – May.  Fees for the annual program are $1150 plus uniform and tournament fees.

It is beneficial that players have some prior organized soccer experience before considering this program.

Age Group

The U.S. Youth Soccer Association groups players into competitive age groups. To determine your child’s soccer age take their age on August 1st and add one year. For example, a child born on 9/25/2002 would be 11 years old on August 1st, 2014.  This child is a U12 (Under 12) year old player for the soccer season beginning in August 2014.

 

Playing Season

Competitive soccer teams play for two seasons, fall and spring, which make up one seasonal year.  For U8 to U14 players, this comprises the fall and the spring season. For U15 through U19, there is only one season of play in the fall with the possibility of a short season and tournaments in the spring, after the high school season is completed.

 

Team Assignments 

Pre Academy (U7 ad U8) programs focus on individual skills and small group play, which are essential for personal and team performance.   This is an excellent transitional program for young recreational players looking for a more challenging environment.  Games will be played both in-house and against other local clubs with the emphasis being on effort and development, not outcome. 

 

Academy Commitment
Because practices are where much of the learning and development take place, participants must attend both practices/week, three for top teams. Occasionally, conflicts arise in which the participant cannot attend a practice. Other activities (music lessons, other sports, homework, vacations, etc.) should be considered before committing to competitive programs to avoid significant interruption of the required practice and game schedule.

By accepting a place on a select team roster, a player commits to play the full seasonal year, June through May. For U8 players, this comprises the fall and the spring season.

Evaluations/Tryouts
Evaluations for U8 - U19 teams are held in May and June each year for the coming soccer seasonal year.  Information on registering for evaluations and tryouts can be found under the Tryouts link above.  Recreational players can join Concorde Fire at any time during the year.  As long as you are not registered with another Academy club you are free to tryout for Concorde Fire.   Select players must obtain permission from their current club in order to any discussions about playing opportunities are held.

Tournaments

Pre Academy teams (U7 and U8) may participate in local tournaments upon the recommendation of their coach.

 

Contact: 

Rachel Hobson

Recreation and Pre Academy Programs

rachelhobson@concordefire.com