United Futbol Academy offers the U8 Future Academy Program for players who are looking for a more challenging environment to develop their soccer skills.
2016-2017 Evaluations will be held during Academy Tryouts:
May 31st, June 1st and 2nd
Rock Creek Park, Field #2
*Make-up evaluations will be in July if necessary
Uniform: Fitting and Order Information
Dawson Uniform Fitting (all ages): Rock Creek sports Complex Rec Center
. Girls: June 18th, 10am-11:00am
· Boys: June 18th, 11am-12:00pm
Lumpkin Uniform Fitting (all ages): Lumpkin County Park & Rec Center
· Girls: June 25th, 10am-11:00am
· Boys: June 25th, 11am-12:00pm
Orders will be delivered to your team manager in August.
The United Futbol Academy Under 8 Future Academy Program is for players who are 6 or 7 years old as of the preceding January 1st. For the 2016-2017 season, players born from January 1, 2009 – December 31, 2010 will be labeled as Under-07-08 Future Academy. Please see the birth year age group chart here.
Candidates for the U8 program will exhibit the following:
· Ability to focus at training and games.
· Self-motivated with a desire to be the best.
· Enjoys dribbling the ball and does not just kick the ball away.
· Good athletic ability including agility, coordination and speed.
Ideally, players should be recommended for the program by their current coach, the Recreational Director or one of United FA’s professional staff. Players should have a minimum of 1 year playing in a recreational program. Parents who feel their players have the above qualities and have not been identified will have the opportunity to have their player assessed for placement.
Cost will be $702.00 for the combined Fall and Spring seasons. Parents and players are committing to the program for 1 year (Fall/Spring). This price includes the uniform kit.
Uniforms will consist of 2 game jerseys, 1 pair of shorts, 1 pair of socks and 1 training shirt.
Professional coaching for all training sessions, practices and games. Training will be twice a week for 1.5 hours per session. The training location will be Rock Creek Park. Games will be at Rock Creek Park and Yahoola Creek Park (and may be at Fowler Park). Our goal is to develop a program at each location. Each location (Forsyth, Dawson and Lumpkin) will train independently and come together for weekend games. Training sessions will be conducted by a nationally-licensed trainer with a focus on ball mastery, developing 1v1 skills (primarily), and then progressing to 2v1, 2v2 skills, etc. Our goal is to maintain a ratio of 1 trainer to every 8-10 players.
Games will be on Saturday or Sunday in the afternoon and played within the entire U8 Future Academy group; that is, all players in the groups from each training location. The game format will be 3v3 up to 5v5 in the Fall. As players progress, the Spring format will be flexible to allow some 6v6 games to prepare for U9 Academy. The small-sided game format is used to enhance the number of touches a player will get during a game.
Players will not be placed on “teams” in the traditional sense. They will belong to a pool of players and can be placed on teams using a variety of criteria such as current level of play, randomly chosen teams, or mixing boys and girls, to name a few.
Additional games will be scheduled against other local clubs. It is also a possibility that we will play in the United FA Fall Classic Tournament in November 2016 if the appropriate level of competition is available. An end of the season tournament in May 2016 will also be considered. There are additional fees for tournament participation which are not included in the tuition.
There will not be a team camp in August for the U8 players. Practices will begin at the same time as the Academy teams, early August.
Special Note for Parents
This program is not going to be for everyone as it goes against some of the current traditions regarding team formation and game day events. In the past, U8 players were scheduled to play in the U10 recreational league. This program will not participate in the recreational league in the Fall, but there is a possibility of participating in the recreational league in the Spring depending on player needs.
If you are only focused on winning or how many goals your player scores, then this program will more than likely not be a good fit for your needs. The program is designed to provide what is best for individual player development. No coaching will be allowed from the parent sideline, either directed at your player or other players.
William Mostellar, Branch Director - UFA Mountains