SYA Soccer’s new U8 Academy Program started in the Fall of 2014. The Academy program is a structured and intensive system that will create an environment where players will be developed at a crucial age in the technical and tactical aspects of the modern game. This 10 month program will follow a comprehensive training plan developed and implemented by highly qualified professional staff. Focus and priority of the program will be on individual player development rather than team success, and will be specifically focused to increase the player’s technical and tactical skills. The Academy players will take part in twice weekly training sessions, crossover U8 games with fellow CCL clubs and winter indoor training and league games. This structure will bridge the gap between Recreation and Travel Soccer through United States Soccer Federation (USSF) and United States Youth Soccer (USYS) approved methodologies, and prepare the players and parents for the commitments of U9 travel soccer.
Identification dates will be held each spring so that we can identify players that are suited to the program.
Where will practices take place?
These will predominantly be at SYA Sports Park, 6626 Bull Run Post Office Rd, Centreville, VA.
The Indoor practices will be at either the nZone or NOVA Field House which are both in Chantilly.
What nights will practices be and what time?
The current schedule is as follows
Monday 6.15-7.45pm Boys
Tuesday 5.00-6.15pm Girls
Wednesday 5.00-6.15pm Boys
Thursday 5.00-6.15pm Girls
How many practices will there be?
We will practice two nights a week during the Fall and Spring seasons and one night a week during the Winter. There is a break of about 4 weeks between the Fall and Winter practices.
Will we play scrimmages?
We will play scrimmages against other local CCL Clubs on some Saturdays. This will be communicated to you in advance.
Will we play in Tournaments and All Star Weekends?
This group will form the basis of the team’s we send to play in the Loudoun All Star weekend.
Who will be the coaches?
Your player will be professionally trained. The lead coach will be Craig Scott who is the Program Director for U8/U9 at SYA.
What benefit will there be to my player?
Your player will be professionally coached in this vital age immediately before Travel Soccer. The continuity of being coached in the same program year round will allow your player to be developed and progress accordingly. This will help your player in the step up to Travel Soccer at U9.
What will we do over the winter?
We will practice one night a week at an indoor facility and enter an indoor league.
Can we still play in the SYA U8 Recreation Program?
What is the cost?
Will there be a uniform and what will be the cost of the uniform?
Your player will have to wear the current SYA Recreation Uniform for all games and will have to purchase practice jerseys. We would like players to wear black shorts and socks for all practices and scrimmages (preferably adidas). We will give further details upon acceptance into the program.
What should I bring to practices and games?
Your player should wear their SYA Uniform with cleats and shin guards. They should bring a size 4 soccer ball and something to drink.
To learn more about this program, please contact Craig Scott, Academy Director, SYA Soccer email@example.com