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U8 Academy Information for Fall 2014-Spring 2015

The U8 Academy is designed to provide the highest quality development program for the area’s most motivated and committed U8 soccer players.

The program offers several unique benefits:
• A developmentally-appropriate curriculum with a heavy emphasis on individual technique, created and taught by licensed, professional coaches;
• Twice-per-week outdoor training in the Fall and Spring seasons;
• Intra-Academy games on Saturday morning with Professional Coaches;
• Potential cross-over matches with fellow Club Champions League (CCL) member clubs;
• Participation in 4th Annual U8 Fall Friendlies in November, hosted by Loudoun Soccer (additional fee applies);
• Exclusive access to U8 Academy Winter Foot Skills (eight, once-per-week sessions), in conjunction with the club’s travel program (additional fee applies);
• The Program includes Professional coaching at all practices, games, and potential crossover games at no additional fee;
• The cost of the program is $250 per outdoor season.

The U8 Academy is intended for those children more seriously focused on soccer, and for players (and parents) who are willing to make a stronger commitment to prioritizing development above the social aspects of youth soccer.

The U8 Academy is its own program, meaning players may participate in the U8 Academy or in the U8 Rec/House program, but not both.


The curriculum -- designed by Dan Raben, our 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 theme of each week will be encouraged and emphasized in the Intra-Academy matches on Saturdays, to allow players to practice their skills in a game environment.

Approximately 48 players of each gender are selected to this program.  Players will be organized into four groups (approximately 12 players per group), who will train together during the week under the direction of one of our U8 Academy coaches.  Each group will be organized into two squads (Red and White) to compete against each other on Saturday morning, with both squads managed by the players' coach that week.  Games in the Fall season will be played 5v5 (no goalkeepers).

Groups are likely to change every week or two, which permits players to play with and against a variety of players while also working with each coach in the program.  Families will receive notification each week in regards to their child's assignment for that week.

The U8 Academy will train twice per week during the Fall and Spring seasons, and will play Intra-Academy games on Saturdays.

All sessions are at Loudoun Soccer Park on lighted, turf fields (19798 Sycolin Rd, Leesburg VA 20175).

5-6 PM – U8 Girls
6-7 PM – U8 Boys

6:30-7:30 PM – U8 Girls
7:30-8:30 PM – U8 Boys


9-10 AM – U8 Girls

10-11 AM – U8 Boys

Fall 2014 Registration and Evaluation Details

Players who wish to join the U8 Academy for the Fall 2014 season must first complete the following steps:

Step 1: register your child in the U8 Academy program by clicking on the "REGISTER" button in the top right hand corner of the screen.  All players must first be registered before attending an evaluation date (see below).  Choose the U8 Academy option when registering.  All players must be age appropriate (born between 8/1/06 and 7/31/07); players entering second grade born in August or September of 2007 are also eligible.  Deadline to register: June 30.

Step 2: when registering, select one of three Evaluation dates for your child to attend (information on Evaluation dates are below).

Step 3: have your child attend and participate in their selected Evaluation date.

Evaluation Date #1: Thursday, June 19 at Loudoun Soccer Park at Loudoun Soccer Park (19798 Sycolin Road, Leesburg Virginia 20175)
5:30-6:30 PM Girls (time adjusted from previous schedule)
6:45-8 PM Boys (time adjusted from previous schedule)

Evaluation Date #2: Wednesday, June 25 at Brambleton Park (22377 Belmont Ridge Rd, Ashburn, VA 20148) - adjusted from previous location

5:45-7 PM Girls
7:15-8:30 PM Boys

Evaluation Date #3: Monday, July 21 at Loudoun Soccer Park at Loudoun Soccer Park (19798 Sycolin Road, Leesburg Virginia 20175)
5:30-6:30 PM Girls (time adjusted from previous schedule)
6:45-8 PM Boys (time adjusted from previous schedule)

Step 4:
families will be contacted via email as to whether their child is selected on around July 25; if selected, families will receive additional registration and uniform ordering instructions.  Those players not selected will be placed on a U8 Recreation (House) team.

Online registration for the Fall 2014 season is now open.  Registration deadline for the U8 Academy is June 30.

U8 Academy Contact Information:

Dan Raben:

2013 Spring U8 Academy Program Boys and Girls Group Pictures