Junior Academy U8

last edited: Mar 2018

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U7-U8 Junior Academy Program

The Junior Academy is a program for the most focused, and dedicated U7-U8 players.  Selected players will train/play twice weekly with our Academy coaches to help develop their skills and understanding of the game, while participating in our fun but competitive "champions league" games on Saturday mornings.  Mini festivals (tournaments) against other clubs in the region will be hosted and attended periodically as well. 


Program Details

Soccer Age:


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Level of Play:

Players play 4 or 5 aside (4v4 or 5v5).

Player Assessments:

All U8 players at CUSC are evaluated throughout the Spring Festival Series in order to help balance both our Development league, as well as our Jr Academy. 

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

U7 players may request to take part in the spring festival series, if interested in the Jr Academy Program. U7s are also invited into the Jr Academy from scouting of the development leagues, futsal leagues, and the grassroots training program. 

Season Length: Early April to Early September 
Weekly Commitment:

Training twice weekly with Academy coaches and team coaches (weeknights). 

Friendly "champions league" games on Saturday mornings.

Festivals against other clubs throughout the season (these are 60-75 minute events).



April 10 - May 10:

Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:00-6:00 PM at Millennium Turf 

May 15 - September 5:

Mondays and Wednesdays 5:45-7:00 PM at millennium park



April - May 10: Spring Festival Series (See schedule above)

May 15 - September: Saturday mornings 8:30 AM-10:00 AM.

All Junior Academy games and practices are held at Millennium Park, with the sole exception of some festivals/tournaments hosted by other clubs across the Ottawa region.

There is a two week break mid summer from Julye 23 to August 5


Junior Academy Fee: $230 (Payable once accepted to the Junior Academy program) 

Must be registered in the following Programs prior to registering for the Junior Academy:

  1. U8 Base Registration 
  2. U5-U8 Academy Grassroots Training

Non-Volunteer fee: $50 per family (mandatory fee, refundable after volunteering)

Includes training uniform and Game uniform and ball

Player Requirements:
  • Players are required to wear protective shin guards and shoes at all games and practices.  Soccer cleats are allowed and recommended at all age groups.
  • No jewelry, hair clips or bracelets (excluding Medical Alerts) are allowed to be worn on the soccer field. Ontario Soccer (OS) Policy states that all jewelry including, but not limited to earrings and watches must be removed.  Taping earrings is also not allowed.  Jewelry poses an unnecessary risk to all players. 



Contact Pavel at cuscheadcoach@cumberlandsoccer.com

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