Academy Select

Academy Select Program Overview

9U – 10U Academy Select Boys and Girls: The Academy Select Program is designed around the competitive program model.  Teams will be formed on ability and will be instructed by an EDGE coach, 3 times per week. The program will place emphasis on advancing techniques, fundamentals of soccer tactics and sportsmanship. Teams will operate in the Colorado Soccer Association state-wide leagues playing 7v7.  The Academy Select program is directed by the 9U-10U Director of Coaching and teams/players are coached by qualified paid coaches.

Academy Select Player Placement– Players will be observed and monitored for this program during the spring 8U season (team training, staff training, and team games). 8U kickaround dates will be offered in late Spring for all 8U players to join the staff and coaches for informational meetings and playing opportunities.  Formal placement of players will take place in early summer from information gathered by staff and team coaches as well as playing observations.

Practice: 75 min. per day, 3 times per week (Academy Select)
Max. Roster Size: 14 Players
Size of Ball: Size 4
Size of Field: 60 X 40 Yards
Size of Goal: 6.5 X 18 Feet
Games: Games will be played in the CSA state administered league and can play all around the state of Colorado. Divisions are formed based on team’s ability levels and teams can be placed in Intermediate or Recreational depending on ability level
Length of Game: 2 X 25 Minute Halves
Offside Rule: Per FIFA “Laws of the Game”
Build-out line: When the Goalkeeper receives the ball from the attacking team, thus changing possession of the ball, players from the team that just was on attack must retreat to the build out line approximately ¼ of the field in distance.  Once the goalkeeper has distributed the ball to the intended player, the opposing team can begin to enter and play as usual.  This does not apply when the ball has been passed back to the goalkeeper from his/her own teammates.
Fouls and Misconduct: Conditional
Goalkeepers: Different color jersey
Referee Assignment: USSF Referee
Linesperson: No
Cleats Permitted: Cleats are recommended

Uniforms:

  • Home team wears Red Jerseys, Red Shorts, & Red Socks
  • Visiting team wears White Jersey, Black Shorts, & Black Socks

Other Notes:

  • All coaches will ensure each player receives 50% playing time in each game, providing the player meets the team’s practice requirements.
  • Real Colorado EDGE discourages coaches and parents from emphasizing winning and losing. The emphasis should be on the players’ participation, development, and enjoyment of the game.
  • After the end of each game, each player should participate in the traditional friendship line and shake hands with the other team.
Uniform Fitting Night

Uniform Fitting Nights will be held June 13-16 at our Real Colorado EDGE Futsal Court 94955 Miller Street, Wheat Ridge, CO)  Please only attend your assigned age group date/time.

Uniform Fitting Night Schedule – TBA

9U Information Page

9U Information Page

Year 1 of the Academy Select program focuses on individual player development, as outlined in the Academy Select Overview.

Sessions have a focus on individual skill development and simple tactical decisions. This is drawn from the 2 year curriculum that has been developed by the club, in alignment with the Long Term Development Pathway that RCE implements across all ages.

A sample week is outlined below:

Monday:
Staff Training – 60 minute session with RCE Staff Trainers.
Sample Session -Coming Soon
Players from 9U & 10U practice together with a focus on 1v1 up to 2v2 scenarios in a smaller space, encouraging players to think and play faster. Players are mixed across ages to provide a different challenge than their regular practice sessions, this gives players a better understanding of being part of something bigger than their own team/pool

Tuesday: Team/Pool Practice – 75 minute session with Head Coach.
Sample Session – Coming Soon

Thursday: Team/Pool Practice – 75 minute session with Head Coach.
Sample Session – Coming Soon

We currently have 6 teams in the 9U Academy Select Program.

Girls
9UG Select – CSA Inter Gold Citywide
9UG United – CSA Inter Silver North
9UG Legends – CSA Inter Bronze 1 North

Boys
9UB Select – CSA Premier
9UB United – CSA Inter Silver North
9UB Legends – CSA Inter Bronze North

10U Information Page

10U Information Page

Year 2 of the Academy Select program continues to develop the individual, while entering them into more complex tactical situations and scenarios.

Sessions have a focus on refining individual technical and tactical concepts with the introduction into small group tactics as outlined in the Long Term Development Pathway.

A sample week is outlined below:

Monday: Staff Training – 60 minute session with RCE Staff Trainers.
Sample Session -Coming Soon
Players from 9U & 10U practice together with a focus on 1v1 up to 2v2 scenarios in a smaller space, encouraging players to think and play faster. Players are mixed across ages to provide a different challenge than their regular practice sessions, this gives players a better understanding of being part of something bigger than their own team/pool

Tuesday: Team/Pool Practice – 75 minute session with Head Coach.
Sample Session – Coming Soon

Thursday: Team/Pool Practice – 75 minute session with Head Coach.
Sample Session – Coming Soon

We currently have 8 teams in the 10U Academy Select Program.

Girls
10UG Select – CSA Inter Gold 1 Citywide
10UG United – CSA Inter Gold 2 Citywide
10UG Legends – CSA Inter Silver North
10UG Eagles – CSA Inter Bronze 1 North

Boys
10UB Select – CSA Premier
10UB United – CSA Inter Gold 2 North
10UB Legends – CSA Inter Silver North
10UB Eagles – CSA Inter Bronze 1 North

Future Academy Select Players

Fall 2017 marks an important milestone in the development pathway for players in our club. Below are some details about the Academy Select program.

Team Formation
Teams will be formed as ‘pools’, with each pool consisting of a minimum of 18 players that make 2 teams for a game day. Each pool will have their own coach and will practice together twice per week. The third practice will be all pools practicing together in Staff Training.

Timeline

May 2017 – Dates for informal kick-arounds will be published by the director for those families who have expressed an interest in joining the Academy Select program. These will likely be on Sunday’s at Stenger. Players will be placed on teams to play 7v7 with minimal coaching from RCE staff.

Early June 2017 – Places are offered by the club and families have 7 days to accept or decline. The acceptance of a place in the program is not a placement on a specific pool, it is a place in the program as a whole.

Mid June 2017 – Uniform fitting with Soccer Stop will be at the EDGE Futsal Court. After fitting, orders for packages will be made online.

Early August 2017 – Teams will begin practices as an entire program. From here, pool coaches will determine which players are suitable for each pool and level of play in the state league. This will form a primary assignment for each player ahead of a Labor Day Weekend tournament.

Labor Day Weekend – All Academy Select teams enter Real Soccer Fest. A weekend tournament in Highland Ranch. The CSA season begins the following weekend.

Cost

$725 – club registration for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 seasons (entire year).

To Register for the 8U Academy Select Interest, please log into your Family Account and select your child’s name to open up the option to register.

Contact Ian Richards ianr@edgesoccer.net for questions