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U8 Academy

SPRING ACADEMY INFORMATION

PRACTICES

Practices for the U8 Spring Academy will be held from 7-8 PM on Thursday nights at Lost Nation Sports Park.  Practices will be held on the following dates:

  • March 21st
  • March 28th
  • April 4th
  • April 11th
  • April 18th

Please remember that you can NOT wear cleats at Lost Nation Sports Park.  Please wear tennis shoes or turf shoes and your shin guards, and bring your soccer ball and water bottle for practice. 



GAMES

Games for the U8 Spring Academy will be held from 12-1 PM on Saturday afternoons at Lost Nation Sports Park.  Games will be held on the following dates (Please note there is ONE Sunday game):

  • March 16th
  • Sunday, March 24th
  • April 6th
  • April 13th
  • April 20th
  • April 27th

Please remember that you can NOT wear cleats at Lost Nation Sports Park.  Please wear tennis shoes or turf shoes, your Academy jersey and your shin guards, and bring your soccer ball and water bottle for practice. 

Players may change teams each week as we look to build the most competitive, balanced game for each field.

U8 Practice

  • Practice night is Thursday from 6:15 - 7:15 at Lincoln Park.
  • Each group will move through mulitiple stations consisting of different game based drills.
  • Each station will be approximately 10 - 12 minutes long with the players getting water during or in between stations as needed.
  • Stations will be designed to place a soccer ball at each individual’s feet for as many touches as possible. The station should encourage dribbling with some limited passing and kicking of the ball. The goal for each station is for the player to have fun while getting as many touches with the ball as possible! There will be little to no coaching instruction.
  • Players will start with their pre-assigned group leader (coach). The group leader will stay at the station as the group moves through the other stations. Parents and assistant group leaders will move with the group throughout the other stations.
  • Each group will get a set of colored pinnies to wear during practice.
  • Stations will be very close in proximity to each other.
  • Equipment - Size 4 Soccer Ball, Shin guards, and Water.
  • Players should carry their water from station to station.

U8 Game Day

  • Game Days are Saturday morning at 9:00 AM at Lincoln Park.
  • FORMAT - 5v5 (4 Field Players and 1 Goalie per team)
  • FIELD - Each game will be assigned to a U8 sized field.                 
  • EQUIPMENT - Size 4 Soccer Ball, Shin guards, and Water.
  • FLOW OF THE GAME - All players should be involved as much as possible.  Game should move back and forth between the Goals.  Encourage the players to dribble and score as much as possible.  Defenders should be working to get across the half line when team is attacking.  Defenders can and should work to score.
  • GAME LENGTH - Should be no longer than 45 minutes.
  • Coaches to mix and match players as needed.  We want each game to be as competitive as possible.  Every player plays every position and at least 1/2 the game.