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Academy Program



Academy Program for Ages 8 and 9


Our Academy program focuses on further development of technical skills and team tactical introduction in a structured training environment.   The Academy league offers a more challenging playing experience than the age 6 and 7 Pre-Academy.  The purpose of the Academy program is to begin preparing players and individuals to become successful through a focus on the development of technical and fundamental skills, team building, and sportsmanship.


Academy Travel (Select) teams are asked to make a larger commitment than regular Academy players.  The level of competition and the level of training activity are both increased in this program.  Academy Select places a larger emphasis on individual player skills and is appropriate for those players who aspire to go on to play more competitive soccer.

Some regional travel is offered for Academy Travel (Select) players but not required in the Academy program.

Academy Additional Information:

Academy---Uniform Shirt and Socks are provided.  Player provides black shorts.  Parent coaches under supervision of Academy coaches.

Academy Select:
Player purchases Select Travel Kit that can be used by the player as long as it fits, year to year.  Our Academy Select coaches are licensed.

  


U9/U10 Academy Rules


U9 (8 year olds):  7v7 play.  Academy format with in house league play.  Travel team option available for players looking to advance to the next level.  Roster size based on 12 player per team rosters, 6 teams maximum.  Introduction to Technical and Tactical Concepts.  2 practice to 1 Game ratio.

U10 (9 year olds):  7v7 play.  Academy format with in house league play.  Travel team option available for players looking to advance to the next level.  Roster size based on 12 player per team rosters, 6 teams maximum.  Introduction to Technical and Tactical Concepts.  2 practice to 1 Game ratio.

RVFC has a goal to provide each age group with one Licensed "D" Director and two group leaders on site for each play date to assist with field setup, teams/coaches and player and parent guidance during the duration of the season.

Game rules will be posted at the field in plain sight to help with the guidance and facilitation of consistent play all games.

We will utilize the US Soccer 7v7 with Build Out Line format in play to assist in the substitution, the early stages of team organization, and to help "ALL" players begin the early stages of team shape, space awareness, with a focus on individual technique and concepts of building out of the back.  Training should be structured around the "Small Sided Game" concepts with a focus on individual technical play.