Which Program Is Right For Your Child?

If you’re the parent of a young soccer player, but you never played soccer yourself, you may be confused by all the different types of youth soccer programs, including Recreational, Academy, Classic

You don’t want your child to be unhappy or uncomfortable by signing them up for the wrong program. So how do you choose the one that’s best suited for your child’s abilities and goals? To make your decision, it’s important to have an understanding of the differences among Recreational, Academy and Select soccer. We’ll also explain how high school teams come into play.

Academy Soccer

Academy soccer is often used as a bridge from recreational to select soccer. It’s generally for players ages 6 to 10 who are physically or mentally a bit more advanced who want a higher level of training and to compete against similar level players. Not all players are ready for Academy soccer so we have yearly assessments to help determine if your child is ready for the next level. Academy soccer is more competitive than recreational soccer and the training is run by licensed professional staff coaches who provide a more structured training environment that maximizes players technical development with the ball and prepares players for Classic soccer.

The Neuse River Academy trains players prepare for a more competitive environment although at this level our primary focus is still focused on player development not wins and losses so our coaches try to balance play time as best they can but play time is not guaranteed it is earned. (again, main focus of the Academy is player development)

Academy players train twice a weekend and typically get 1(1 fall 1 spring) 8 games and two tournaments per season. The season typically starts the first week of August and runs to the end of October then starts back up late February and ends at the end of April/first week of May depending on the schedule.

Academy Soccer

Classic Soccer
Recreational Soccer
Clinics + Camps

"Playing soccer with your feet is one thing, but playing with your heart is another"



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Clayton, North Carolina 27527
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