Last Edited: Mar 2018
The U8 program sees the players moving to the recommended 5v5 format of game play, and introduces referees in slightly more structured "league" play.
Players who are looking to train in addition to their Friday games have the option of registering for the Academy Grassroots Training which includes technical development and games run by staff coaches and technical assistants.
This "training is extra" format ensures that all of our young players have access to the best training and coaching available at the club. It also ensure that those who want to train and develop as players, have the opportunity to do so at a good level (with others who want to be there), while those who don't wish to train or are new to the game, can start by simply enjoying the game play on Friday nights.
Players for the Jr. Academy are selected from amongst those training in the Academy Grassroots training, or from the Friday night U8 Development League.
|Level of Play:||
Players play 5 aside (5v5) games with referees.
|Spring Festival Series (Player Assessments)||
All players are evaluated during a spring festival series during April and May. The festivals have players play in small sided games for 5 straight weeks, and allow our staff to evalaute players inorder to balance the development teams properly.
Playing in at least one festival is mandatory, but we encourage players to participate in all of them. These are fun festivals for them to simpy play soccer.
Dates and times of Spring Festival series:
(please arrive 20 minutes prior to festival start)
April 7 - 8:00 AM - Millennium Park Turf field
APril 14 - 8:00 AM - Millennium Park Turf field
April 21 - 8:00 AM - Millennium Park Turf field
APril 28 - 8:00 AM - Millennium Park Turf field
May 5 - 8:00 AM - Millennium Park Turf field
April 7 - 9:00 AM - Millennium Park Turf field
APril 14 - 9:00 AM - Millennium Park Turf field
April 21 - 9:00 AM - Millennium Park Turf field
APril 28 - 9:00 AM - Millennium Park Turf field
May 5 - 9:00 AM - Millennium Park Turf field
At the end of the spring festival series, players will be placed in appropriate teams across the development league for the summer season, or Junior Academy program.
Skills Development Opportunity - players have the option of training with the staff/technical coaches through the Academy Grassroots Training program, through which they can also be invited into the Jr. Academy. The program is highly recommended as players see substantial gains through the training.
|Season Length:||Mid-May to mid-August|
Games and Practices:
Extra Training Opportunity:
Spring Festival Series:
Early May 2018
May 18th, 2018
June 8, 9, 10, 2018
Player Registration Fee:
On or before March 31st: $180 (early bird discount)
After March 31st: $210
Cost includes full uniform, a soccer ball, and year-end memento.
Non-Volunteer fee: $50 per family (mandatory fee, refundable after volunteering)