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U8 Academy Information for Fall 2013-Spring 2014

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 3rd Annual U8 Fall Friendlies in November, hosted by Loudoun Soccer (additional fee applies);
• Winter training in conjunction with the club’s travel program (additional fee applies);
• The Program includes Professional coaching at all practices, games, and potential CCL crossover games at no additional fee;
• The cost of the program is included in your recreation registration of $152.50 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 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.

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

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



2013 Spring U8 Academy Program Boys and Girls Group Pictures


Spring 2014 Registration Details - Returning and Prospective Players



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 registering your child in the U8 Academy program by clicking HERE – the registration deadline for returning players is January 20, 2014.



Registration for this program is now closed.  Families who have registered their player will receive a confirmation email the week of February 3 with details.

A limited number of positions in the U8 Academy Spring 2014 program may be available.  Players who wish to participate in the Spring 2014 U8 Academy can do so by completing the following steps:


Step 1: register your child in the U7-12 Recreation (House) Program by clicking HERE – only those players registered in U7-12 Recreation are eligible to tryout, and all players must be age appropriate (born between 8/1/05 and 7/31/06).

Step 2: complete the U8 Academy Tryout Registration form here - CLICK HERE

Step 3: have your child attend and participate in the U8 Academy evaluation date:


Saturday February 8 in Leesburg at Loudoun Soccer Park (19798 Sycolin Rd, Leesburg VA 20175)
girls: 12-1pm
boys: 1:15-2:15pm

Step 4: families will be contacted via email as to whether their child is selected.

Players who tryout for the U8 Academy who are not selected will be placed on a team in our U7-U12 Rec program.

U8 Academy Winter Training

Loudoun Soccer is pleased to announce its U8 Academy Winter Training program. The theme of the program is “Foot Skills and Futsal” – players will receive instruction from licensed, professional coaches to improve their technical skills (dribbling moves, passing, receiving, etc) for part of practice, and then will be organized into squads to play Futsal for the remaining practice time.

Futsal is a version of indoor soccer typically played on hard surfaces (like a basketball court) without walls. The game is played with a weighted, low bounce ball; the surface, the ball and the rules place an emphasis on improvisation, creativity and skill, which is great for young, developing players.

Your child’s participation in this program is not required, but it is strongly encouraged.


Sunday January 5, 12, 19, 26

Sunday February 2, 9, 16, 23


Families can register their child for one of the following times:

Boys: 3-4 PM or 5-6 PM
Girls: 4-5 PM or 6-7 PM

Registration is on a first come-first serve basis; families may only register for one of the sessions, and may not mix-and-match training times.


Leesburg Christian School
21336 Evergreen Mills Road
Leesburg, VA20175


Participating players will need to bring/wear the following:

• Shoes: indoor soccer shoes, running shoes, anything worn during gym class at school – no cleats permitted
• Shin-guards
• Water or sports drink
• Loudoun Soccer practice shirt
• Ball: players can bring and use their regular soccer ball; purchasing a Futsal ball is NOT required.

To Register:

Registration is limited to current U8 Academy families.  Each session can accept about 24 players, and registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

To register, CLICK HERE