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FC Westlake Junior Academy News & Announcements

 

Registration for fall 2014 'FC Westlake Junior Academy' Soccer is now open. To register for fall 2014 FC Westlake Junior Academy please click here

 

Fall 2014 season begins the week of Aug 25th

 

For a complete list of important dates please see below:

 

Important Dates

 

June 1st - Registration Opens for Fall 2014 FC Westlake Junior Academy

 

Aug 17th - Registration Closed for Fall Season (Late Registrations may be accepted after Aug 17th)

 

Aug 25th– First Week of Practice (Team formation begins)

 

Aug 29th - Aug 31st - Labor Day (No Games)

 

Sept 1st - Labor Day (U10 Boys & U9/10 Girls Have Practice as Normal)

 

Sept 5th - Friday Practices Begin

 

Sept 6th & 7th - WYSA Academy World-Cup Weekend @ Westlake HS field #3

 

Sept 7th - Initial Rosters Announced

 

Sept 13th & 14th - WYSA Intra-Club Scrimmages

 

Sept 14th - Final Rosters Announced

 

Sept 20th - First Weekend of Academy League Games

 

Nov 8th & 9th - Final Weekend of Academy League Games (Season Ends)

 

Nov 15th & 16th - Rain-Out Weekend for games as needed

 

To register for fall 2014 FC Westlake Junior Academy please click here

 

FC Westlake Junior Academy Mission and Curriculum Introduction


The overall goal of our FC Westlake Junior Academy is to give players the foundation on which they will build all of their soccer success and experiences.  Basic skill mastery and an understanding of simple tactical ideas will be our bricks, and a love for the sport will be the mortar that holds it all together.  The program is meant to be developmental and fun-based, but we will not shy away from the challenge of teaching them how to play.

Our Academy Program believes in the same fun-based concepts as the Unites States Soccer Federation, but we are also a part of the largest Junior Academy in the nation, which allows us greater means to accelerate our players’ development.  

This curriculum has been designed to help our players successfully recognize and solve the challenges of the game on his/her own.  Soccer is a team sport, so we will teach them how to use their teammates -- but we are trying to develop players, and it is this aspect that makes working with such young players interesting and unique.  Each age group (U8, U9, U10) has its own theme and with that a separate curriculum.  

U8 – Build A Culture of Action


The very first thing our U8’s have to learn is how to be effective, how to fend for themselves, and to be confident enough to take part in the game.  The most fundamental skill in soccer is individual mastery of the ball and the creativity that comes with it.  Our U8 sessions are built around facilitating the development of the skills necessary to move and control the ball well.  As these individual skills and the creativity to make them come alive in the game are developed to a level of competence, the finer points, like passing skill and team organization, can be taught.  The most common phrase used with our U8’s is, “Dribble!”

U9 – Passing & “Space the Final Frontier”

 

Academy soccer at U9 is where we see the most significant jump in our players’ abilities and general understanding of the game.  With this in mind, we want to try to encourage comfort with the ball and the confidence to use this skill creatively.  Our teams at this age should be full of little “dribblers,” so we can start to slowly introduce and organize the art of finding space and using your teammates.  The most common phrase used with our U9’s is, “Find Space!”

U10 – Harder, Better, Faster, Smarter

 

We want our U10’s to be able to recognize and understand how the skills learned in U8 & U9 are connected to solving problems during play.  The goal is to develop players who are more clever, and able to quickly and effectively make “soccer decisions.”  The most common phrases used with our U10’s are, “Get ahold of the ball.”, “Pick your head up!”, and “Was that a good decision?”