United Futbol Academy offers the U7/U8 Future Academy Program for players who are looking for a more challenging environment to develop their soccer skills.
2017-2018 Evaluations will be held during Academy Tryouts:
May 30th, 31st and June 1st
Rock Creek Park, Field #2
*Make-up evaluations will be by appointment
Uniform: Fitting and Order Information
Uniform Fitting @ Dawson (all ages): Rock Creek Sports Complex Rec Center
· Girls: June 17th, 1pm-2pm
· Boys: June 17th, 2pm-3pm
Uniform Fitting @ Pickens (all ages): Pickens County Park & Rec Center
· Girls: June 24th, 10am-11am
· Boys: June 24th, 11am-12pm
Orders will be delivered to your team manager in August.
The United Futbol Academy U7/U8 Future Academy Program is for players who are 6 or 7 years old as of the preceding January 1st. For the 2017-2018 season, players born from January 1, 2010– December 31, 2011 will be labeled as Under-07-08 Future Academy.
Candidates for the U7/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.
The participation fee 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. Training will be at the park where the team is based. Games may be at Rock Creek Park, Yahoola Creek Park, Roper Park or Fannin Park (and may be at Fowler Park). Our goal is to develop a program at each location. Each location (Forsyth, Dawson, Lumpkin, Pickens & Fannin) 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 if the appropriate level of competition is available. An end of the season tournament in May 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