Southern California Soccer Academy frequently asked question
1. What is the Southern California Soccer Academy?
The Southern California Soccer Academy is a curriculum-based program for youth players ranging in ages from U6-U13. It is run by certified, professional trainers and educators that adheres to the guidelines of the US Soccer Federation and FIFA. This is a tailor-made developmental program for young players looking to progress from a recreational to competitive level in a professional environment that focuses on the individual technical and tactical skills as well as teamwork development.
The mission of the development program at Southern California Soccer Academy is:
· To develop players through superior technical and tactical soccer training.
· To provide professional and collegiate opportunities for all of our players, of all races and economic backgrounds.
· To make a positive impact on all of our players’ lives.
· To be recognized as one of the best soccer schools and competitive clubs in developing young athletes.
2. What is the difference between the Southern California Soccer Academy and a recreational program like AYSO/LBYSO or a club program?
There are 3 clear areas of differentiation between the Southern California Soccer Academy and a recreational or club competitive program: the level of coaching and intensity of training; the level of competition; and the cost. However, it is important to note that the Southern California Soccer Academy does not have to be an exclusive program; it is the perfect complement to any other soccer program - recreational or competitive.
1. The level of coaching and intensity of training: Southern California Soccer Academy Program is an introduction to a professionally run environment closer to what the kids will encounter in a competitive club environment. The School will help make the transition from recreational to Extra, Signature, and Club training easier and keep in line with those kids who are already used to a more structured training environment like Clubs or Extra/Signature programs. The School will identify their level of development and position them to continue growing as a player. The coaches will work on identifying strengths and weaknesses of each student and work accordingly to address them in the training. All of our coaches in the school are also coaches of competitive club teams. Our goal is to help mold players in a way to help them excel in the pursuit of Extra/Signature or Club programs. Different than an Extra/Signature or Club program, our school is open and inclusive to any players looking to develop and grow in the sport of soccer. We do not require tryouts to be a member of the School, one simply registers and the play begins!
2. The level of competition: The Southern California Soccer AcademyBoca Soccer School will introduce the kids to a higher level of competition in a controlled training environment within the level of development identified by the coach. This will gradually introduce the players to a competitive environment that they will encounter at Extra/Signature and Club level.
3. The cost: Compared to the average cost of Club fees, our Fall & Winter School fees combined are still less than half of what one would pay in Club dues. It is higher than recreational programs, but in line with the cost of Extra/Signature programs.
3. What kind of coaching shall I expect for my kid in the Southern California Soccer AcademyBoca Soccer School?
All of our coaches are certified and licensed, professional soccer coaches with many years of experience, often times with experience as professional players, also.
4. What is the curriculum of the school and how will this benefit my son/daughter?
The school has 3 stages of education that the kids will work through in the Fall & Winter programs. On the first day of school, each student is evaluated by the coach and will be aligned with the correct skill level group. The groups can focus on specific areas according to their level of development.
The main philosophy of the school is to create players who are comfortable on the ball, that are able to make quick decisions, and executing those decisions with technical excellence.
This will happen through 3 stages of the soccer school:
· Ball mastery & ball manipulation
· Terminology on the field
· Decision making
· Speed and agility work with the ball
· Dynamic 1v1; 2v1; 2v2; 3v2 Overload situations for Attacking and Defending (transitions) and education how these transitions can appear on the field (position specific)
· Introducing eating habits; short, sharp, and explosive fitness work
· Small sided games
· Possession-based attacking phases of play
· Introducing the kids to larger sided games and encouraging risk taking. Allowing players to express themselves.
· Players will learn about the roles and responsibilities of the positions on the field. Not only where they play, but throughout the whole team so that they understand how a team has to work together. Classroom type analysis and educational videos will occur as time and availability permits.
5. Are there also games on the weekends as part of the school?
Yes, the club fees include registration of all of our students to play the Coast Soccer League and State and National Competitions.