2020-21 eligibility: The 9U Academy program is for children born in 2012. The 10U Academy program is for children born in 2011.
2020-21 cost: $525. Payment plan available - $310 at registration, $107.50 on Aug. 1 and $107.50 on Oct. 1. Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. July 10, 2020.
Fall 2020 Academy trainers: Saleh El-Gendy (girls), Ramon Mendonça de Almeida (boys).
Fall 2020 practice schedule: TBD, at JPW-23/26.
Goalkeeper training on Fridays at JPW-23/26, with coach Mike McAllister, time TBD.
- This is a Recreational program and there are no tryouts. However, the Academy program is intended for children who are excited about soccer and want to spend the time and energy to improve their skills with a professional trainer. If your child prefers to play soccer just for fun or has a busy schedule packed with other activities, he or she might find our 9U/10U Girls or Boys/Coed program to be a better fit.
- Two 90-minute weekday/weeknight practices each week led by a professional trainer. Parent volunteer coaches work closely with the trainer during practices and coach all games.
- The emphasis in practices will be on learning and developing footskills, individual playing skills and technique.
- Important note: Parents and players should expect team rosters/groups for practices, events, matches and tournaments to be adjusted frequently during the season.
- Eight games in MAYSA leagues, preferably in the Rec A division. Half of the games will be in Oregon, with the other half in Madison-area communities. Most games on weekends.
- All players must purchase a practice jersey (estimated cost $10).
- Parent volunteer coaches are needed - soccer and/or coaching experience preferred. Preference will be given to coaches with a USSF "E" license or better and those who have passed the Grassroots 7v7, 9v9 or 11v11 sessions.
- Girls can choose to play in all-girls Academy or in the boys/coed Academy.
- Depending on the number of players registered, training sessions or age groups might be combined.
- The club reserves the right to move teams into older age groups to ensure the appropriate competition level.
- Games will be 7v7 (six field players plus a goalkeeper).
- Per U.S. Soccer guidelines, a "buildout line" will be used for 9U and 10U games. The buildout line is used to promote playing the ball out of the back in an unpressured setting. When the goalkeeper has the ball, either during play or from a goal kick, the opposing team must move behind the buildout line. Once the opposing team is behind the buildout line, the goalkeeper can pass, throw or roll the ball to a teammate. After the ball is put into play, the opposing team can then cross the buildout line and play resumes.
- Punting the ball is not allowed, as this would defeat the purpose of the buildout line and reduce the opportunity to play out of the back in an unpressured setting.
- Offside will be used in MAYSA league games.
- No intentional headers allowed. As part of the U.S. Soccer Player Safety Initiative, heading the ball is not allowed in leagues with players 10 and under. Rule: "When a player deliberately heads the ball in a game, an indirect free kick should be awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the offense. If the deliberate header occurs within the goal area, the indirect free kick should be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the infringement occurred. If a player does not deliberately head the ball, then play should continue."