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FC Westlake Junior Academy News & Announcements

 

Registration for spring 2016 'FC Westlake Junior Academy' Soccer is now CLOSED.

 

Spring 2016 season begins the week of February 22nd

 

For a complete list of important dates please see below:

 

Important Dates

 

Nov 22nd - Registration Opens for Spring 2016 FC Westlake Junior Academy

 

Jan 31st - Registration Closed for Spring Season (Late Registrations may be accepted after Jan 31st)

 

Feb 22nd – First Week of Practice (Team formation begins)

 

Feb 26th - Friday Practices Begin

 

Feb 27th & 28th - Junior Academy World-Cup Weekend @ Westlake HS field #3

 

Mar 5th & 6th - Junior Academy Intra-Club Scrimmages @ Westlake HS #3

 

Mar 7th - Final Spring Rosters Announced

 

Mar 12th & 13th - First Weekend of Academy League Games

 

Mar 14th - 20th - Spring Break Weekend (No Practices/Games)

 

May 7th & 8th - Final Weekend of Academy League Games (Season Ends)

 

May 9th - FC Westlake U11 Select Try-Outs Begin

 

 

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 (U7 & U8, U9, U10) has its own theme and with that a separate curriculum.  

U7 & U8 – Build A Culture of Action


The very first thing our U7 & 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 U7 & 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 U7 & 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?”