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Neuse River Academy Program information


The Neuse River Academy program is the next step for youth recreational players who are looking for higher level training and competition and prepares players who have the desire to play at the Classic level. The Academy program is a critical in our Player Development Model as it provides players with weekly training by our professional coaching staff that follow a yearly training curriculum developed to improve player development at an accelerated rate for those who are wanting higher level play. The idea of Academy is to provide players with the opportunity to play with and against players of similar ability and commitment and at a level where they will experience the most success and enjoyment.

The Neuse River Academy program is open to any player who is seven years of age or older and who has a desire to further develop their soccer skills and receive professional training.

Academy v Recreational - How to choose

The difference between participating in an Academy program or Recreational program lies in the level of investment, commitment and interest of the players and their families. To help parents decide which level of play is most appropriate for their child, listed below are the characteristics of typical players who would participate in an Academy Program. If your child displays a majority of the characteristics listed they are probably more suited to the Academy level of play.

• Physically stronger than most players within their age group
• Athletically quicker than most players within their age group
• High level of coordination and good agility
• During games is aggressive in their attitude and approach to getting involved
• During games tends to dominate the play
• Demonstrates high level of passion and concentration during practices and games
• Started to narrow down the number of extra-curricular activities they are involved in
• Soccer is a high priority and they have a passion to play
• Practices with a ball in their own time outside regular schedule of games & practices
• Is a U10 player who will try-out for the U11 competitive age group in the following year and has the qualities stated above.

What to Expect

Practice: Players will train two nights per week under the direction of professional coaching staff. Training sessions last 75 minutes in duration and follow a yearly training curriculum that helps to create a more well rounded soccer players. A flexible training schedule will be created to accommodate multi-sport activity participants.

Games:  Academy teams will play in the NCYSA Youth Academy program and typically play between 10 and 16 games per season. . Academy matches are played on Saturday with the exceptions of showcases or tournaments. Academy coaches do our best to ensure equal play time of all players. The emphasis is placed on creating an environment that is focused on individual development as opposed to team development.

Festivals:  In addition to the league matches, the teams will also, participate in no more than 2 tournaments (festivals) per season.

Coaching: All coaches are licensed professional staff coaches that are experienced and qualified individuals with USSF or United Soccer Coaches (formerly NSCAA) coaching licenses.

Team Selection:  Teams are selected thru a yearly assessment process. All players will pool train as well as train with individual teams thru the season. Players have the opportunity to move up or down teams to help with their overall development.

Financial Commitment: The Academy program is a greater financial commitment than recreational soccer. There are generally two types of fees for Classic - club fees and team fees. Club fees cover items such as trainers, fields, player insurance, while team fees can cover team tournament fees, referee fees, coach’s travel/expenses, and items of that nature. And fees can be paid at once or divided into quarterly or monthly payments. Financial assistance is available for those who apply and qualify.

For more information please contact the Academy Director at:

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