These teams are comprised of players invited to be on a team by our SUSA staff. Players must demonstrate a level of commitment to training that exceeds that of the Bright Futures leagues. The commitment of our players will help the SUSA Coaching Staff ensure that players are developing appropriately within their peer groups and to establish an accurate trajectory toward their initial placement on a more competitive Academy team. As players exit this phase of the Youth Development Program, they will have developed a strong fundamental skill level, an understanding of our style of play, and the culture at SUSA.
Play in local leagues of the highest quality
Participate in tournaments throughout the year
Train two times per week following an age-appropriate, developmentally sound curriculum that is aimed at developing creative and technically sound players.
Teams are formed according to player skill levels with player development as the priority.
Low player to coach ratios.
The SUSA Jr. Academy introduces players with their first experiences in competitive soccer. The SUSA Jr. Academy allows players who are committed to rapidly advance their technical skills along with like minded players under the watchful eyes of our licensed coaches. The Jr. Academy matches determined players with elite coaches who are passionate about player development. Together this synergy unleash a fun, yet challenging environment where players will learn and progress at a rapid rate.
Jr. Academy players must demonstrate a steady committment to training at all times to ensure proper development through consistent touches on the soccer ball and regular instruction from professional coaches.
How long is the season?
Teams will typically start their season in August and end in June the following year.
How are teams formed?
Players attend tryouts in June and will be offered spots on teams based on ability.
How are age groups broken down?
Jr. Academy is for u7 and u8 age groups. Teams are based on birth year. For the 2020-2021 season the birth years are 2014 and 2013.
How often and where will teams practice?
Teams will practice 2x a week. Locations will be at one of our outdoor or indoor facilities. These are located in Smithtown, Hauppauge, Islip and Sayville.
When are where are games?
League games will be held on Saturdays or Sundays. Home games are in Islip or Sayville. Teams will also particpate in festivals in both Nassau and Suffolk County.
How many players are on a team?
Typically between 8-12 players per team. Games can be 4v4, 5v5 or 7v7 depending on the league, festival or tournament format.
When are tryouts held?
Tryouts are in June every year. The club does accept tryouts on a rolling basis after the offical tryout window. If for some reason you are unable to attend tryouts please email our Boys YDP Director John Burke at email@example.com or our Girls YDP Director Deanna Giordano at firstname.lastname@example.org