U9-U10 Academy

Ages  9-12 are the most critical development years of a soccer player’s career. It is at these ages where the basic fundamental skills of soccer are mastered that allow players to compete and be successful as soccer players at the next level of play and where they develop a true love for the game. 

The PVU Academy Program is designed for players ages 8-10 years old who have a higher level of ability, commitment, and interest level in soccer. 

This program includes:

  • 3 Seasons: Fall, Winter, and Summer.

  • Tryouts in July are for Fall

  • Winter Program is by sign-up and focuses solely on technical development.

  • Tryouts in February are for the Summer season.

  • We hold different tryouts to ensure we're placing players at the appropriate skill/development level

  • Families can choose to participate in 1, 2, or all 3 seasons.

 

Season Plans

 

Fall

  • Tryouts are held the last week of July

  • The season runs from mid-August through the end of October and focuses more on player development and can serve as an introduction to competitive soccer.

  • Training begins in mid-August with 2 training sessions per week.

  • Play in the TCSL league with games being played on the weekends

  • The number of players signed up for a particular age group determines the number of teams we try to field.

  • Training

    • PVUFC has a pre-established schedule with age group training and team training evenly spaced throughout the season.

    • Training ratio is appropriate for this phase of development 

    • Pool Training Format – players all together under the club philosophy with staff coaches and team coaches together

    • Teams still have their own identity with weekly team training with team coach 

Winter

  • The Winter Program runs from November - January.

  • The Winter Program is a training only program and runs on the weekends.

  • The Winter Program is designed to enhance and build the proper technical skills of the player using age-appropriate development from the PVUFC Player Development Curriculum.

  • Training sessions led by PVUFC Senior Staff coaches.

Summer

  • Tryouts are held the last weekend of January and the first weekend of February.

  • Preseason indoor training begins in February with 2 training sessions per week.

  • Outdoor training begins mid-April with 2 training sessions per week.

  • TCSL League play runs from May through July with games being played on weeknights.

  • Training will be Tuesdays/Thursdays

    • PVUFC has a pre-established schedule with age group training and team training evenly spaced throughout the season.

    • Training ratio is appropriate for this phase of development 

    • Pool Training Format– players train together under the club philosophy with staff coaches and team coaches together ​​​

    • Teams still have their own identity with weekly team training with team coach 

  • Tournaments (if COVID allows for it)​
    • Bloomington Mega Cup: June 4-6​
    • TCSL Summer Festival: June 26-27

Academy Goals

 

Goals of the Academy Program

  • Create a training environment in which all players within the U9 & U10 age groups are given access to top-level coaching and to foster development for the entire age group.

  • Focus on individual player development while continuing to allow for competitive team opportunities.

Objectives & Outcomes

Objectives 

  • Matches - Efficiently occupy space in relation to the ball and to teammates 

  • Tactical - Creating space and applying basic principles 

  • Technical - Accuracy in individual soccer techniques 

  • Physical - Develop speed, agility, coordination and balance 

  • Psychosocial - Interact positively and feel confident within the group

Outcomes

  • Being efficient in 1v1 situations 

  • Balance in relation to the ball (forward, backwards and side to side) 

  • Coordinated movements at speed with and without the ball

  • Application of basic attacking principles

Academy Structure

  • Players will be placed in their respective Age Group Pool and will train together as an age group. 

  • PVUFC will hold age group training for all participants two times per week.

  • Players will be placed on teams for the sole purpose of TCSL league play.  The teams will be age group/birth year based.

  • Players will be placed at an appropriately competitive level to make it a beneficial experience for the individual, team, and age group. 

  • Rosters are flexible and can change throughout the season.

  • Each age group is led by the PVUFC Trainer (professional coach) and will lead all training sessions as well as being responsible for overseeing the age group development plan and player curriculum.

  • At U9, each team is led by a parent coach for game day coaching.

  • At U10, each team is led by a PVUFC coach for game day coaching.  

Academy or Rec? How To Choose

The difference between participating in the Academy Program or the Recreational Program lies in the level of investment, commitment, and interest of the players and their families. To help parents decide which level of play is most appropriate for their child, listed below are the characteristics of typical players who would participate in the Academy Program:

• Demonstrates a solid technical foundation (ball control, dribbling, and shooting)
• Higher level of coordination and agility
• During games is proactive in their attitude and approach to getting involved
• Demonstrates a higher level of passion and concentration during practices and games
• Soccer is a higher priority for the player and family
• Wants to participate in soccer 2-3 times per week

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