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Arsenal Academy Program

The U9, U10, U11 and U12 Arsenal Academy Program offers the opportunity for advanced development of the young soccer player as an alternative to the Recreation League. Our focus is player development in a fun and rewarding environment with professional coaches using the most up-to-date training methods.

Within the Academy program we focus on development of individual skills, and providing the opportunity to apply those skills in a competitive environment, including weekly intra-squad scrimmages, festival games and tournaments throughout the season.

Team training will occur three times weekly for the U11 and U12 Pools and twice weekly for the U9 and U10 Pools with competitive games on weekends.

Academy Selection/Placement/Movement

Players will be evaluated and selected during spring tryouts held in late May each year and placed into age appropriate player pools. Players will be further evaluated during early fall training sessions and sorted into teams based on age, commitment and ability level. Players may be moved among pools and/or teams in order to get the best competitive fit for each match and provide each player an enjoyable, challenging learning environment. New players may be evaluated and placed into the academy program throughout the year provided space is available. New players and player movement will be closely monitored by the Academy Coordinators and Director in consultation with the team coaches to provide the best experience for each individual player.

Academy Training and Playing

It is expected that each player be committed to the Arsenal Academy Program for the entire year. It is imperative that each player make every effort to attend all training sessions and be attentive and prepared to train. Throughout the year players will benefit from both team training and pool training.

The essential aspect of the Arsenal Academy Program is training rather than winning at all costs. Technical and tactical training is provided on a regular weekly basis with pool coaches with an option of an extra technical skills session conducted by our Academy Staff.  In addition, players are expected to work at home on basic technical skills such as juggling, receiving, passing and dribbling.  Specialized goalkeeper training will be offered for those interested players.

Academy Schedule

The Acadmey Pools will play games as part of the Sandlapper League which is based out of Columbia, SC.  Teams will play a regular season schedule consisting of approximately 12 league games, (away games are typically within an hour and a half radius). The level of play will be as competitive as possible but teams will be set to avoid lopsided games as much as possible as well. The focus is on player development and enjoyment and not on winning and losing. Tournament Play - in addition to league games, teams will participate in 3-4 tournaments against outside competition. These more demanding matches will enable the players to become comfortable in a more competitive environment. Teams will travel within a three hour radius, additional expenses will be incurred. Academy teams are not ranked in the state, and the teams do not play to progress to a higher level of play each season like in the older age groups (U13-U19). Therefore, the purpose of all games is to focus on skill development, team development and individual player growth.
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