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Program Details


The U7 Pre-Academy is designed to provide the highest quality development program for the area’s most motivated and committed U7 soccer players.  The program offers several unique benefits:


  • A developmentally-appropriate curriculum created and taught by licensed, professional coaches;
  • Once-per-week outdoor training in the fall and spring seasons, to supplement your child’s team training;
  • Low cost to participate.
  • Exclusive to players that are Loudoun Soccer U7 pure age group (players must be born between 8/1/06 and 7/31/07).



The curriculum -- designed by Dan Raben, Director of Player Development – features a heavy emphasis on individual ball mastery, allowing each player to become more comfortable, confident and creative with their foot skills, while nurturing their passion and enjoyment for soccer.  Activities and games will follow the best practices of US Soccer and US Youth Soccer.


Each week of training will feature a theme, which will build off the themes from previous weeks, including:


  • Dribbling for possession (changes of direction, shielding)
  • Dribbling for penetration (attacking moves such as scissors, Matthews, step-overs, etc.)
  • First touch
  • Passing
  • Finishing and ball-striking



The U7 Pre-Academy will train once per week during the Fall and Spring seasons; these Friday evening sessions are a supplement to your child’s regularly-scheduled team practices during the week and games on Saturday.



4:30-5:30 PM – U7 Girls

5:30-6:30 PM – U7 Boys


Spring 2014 Dates:

April 4, 11, 25 (no training on 4/18)
May 2, 9, 16, 30 (no training on 5/23)

Rainout Date: June 6

Number of Total Sessions: 7


  • Dan Raben – Academy Director
  • Dave Scruggs
  • Maurice Hughes
  • Grant Smith

Contact: Dan Raben at

Spring 2014 Registration and Tryout Details


The cost for players selected into the U7 Pre-Academy program for the Spring 2014 season is $95.  (Your player must be registered for our regular U7 recreation program in order to participate in the U7 Pre-Academy).

Registration deadline: January 20, 2014

(returning players)


There is no cost to tryout; families of new players selected to the program are responsible for paying the fee after selection.





Players who participated in the Fall 2013 season are automatically eligible to enroll in the program for the Spring 2014 season, and may do so by completing the following steps:



Step 1: register your child in the U7 Recreation (House) Program by clicking HERE – only those players registered in U7 Recreation are eligible to participate, and all players must be age appropriate (born between 8/1/06 and 7/31/07).

Step 2: during the registration process, select the U7 Pre-Academy and choose the "Returning Player" Option.

You will be charged the $95 program fee at this time.  Registration deadline: January 20, 2014.



Registration for new players is now closed.  Those players who registered for this program should attend the evaluation date below (a confirmation email will be sent the week of February 3).


Saturday February 8 in Leesburg at Loudoun Soccer Park (19798 Sycolin Rd, Leesburg VA 20175)
girls: 2:30-3:30pm
boys: 3:45-4:45pm

Your player must be registered for our regular U7 recreation program in order to participate in the U7 Pre-Academy.