Lakewood Ranch Campus

DIFFERENCES BETWEEN RECREATION & YOUTH ACADEMY

PROGRAMS

RECREATION PROGRAM

YOUTH ACADEMY PROGRAM

Age Groups

U4 - U12

U8 - U10

Main Objective

Recreation/Fun

Player Development

Brief Description

Recreational Soccer is primarily meant to be a fun program for players. Scores and standings are not recorded for the younger age groups. All players are generally, required to play each game. 

The Academy Program focuses primarily on individual skill development and basic tactical awareness and prepares players for the competitive Program. Scores and standing are not recorded. Players are exposed to different positions on the field so they can get familiar and understand the logistics of various positions. The season may conclude with a local tournament. Some may also participate in pre-season & post-season festivals. Pool training format is used. 

Team Selection Process

Open Registration

Annual Evaluations/Tryouts

Focus on Competition

Low - Above Average

Strictly on Player Development

Training

1 x per week

2 x week

Games

8 Weekend Games

12-14 Weekend Games

Regular Season

Fall and Spring

Ten-month program (August – May)

Travel

None

Minimal (within 1.5 - 2/hrs radius)

Coach/Trainer Background

Parent Coaches

Experienced and US Soccer Certified Coaches