CVFC Academy Soccer Teams are formed for the U9 and U10 boys and girls age divisions. The intent of the program is to
accelerate the knowledge and fundamentals of our youth players prior to competitive soccer. This will allow the players to better adapt to the
differences between recreational and competitive soccer.
Players enrolled in the Academy program will be selected and placed on teams
that will compete in Academy tournaments and play a slate of games against other
Academy teams. These players may also form indoor teams to further game-level
One of the main differences between Academy and recreational teams is that Academy teams, at this time, do not participate in a league. Rather, they play a series of "friendlies" against both in-house and teams from other clubs. Because there is no standings at the end of the season, players and teams are encouraged to be challenged, try new positions, and try skills that they might not otherwise try in a game that counted. Tournaments provide opportunities for competiting for a medal or trophy.
U9 and U10 Academy teams also play 8v8 (7 players plus a keeper) compared to recreational U9 and U10 teams that play 6v6. Academy teams will also work on off-sides.
Academy coaches are selected for their ability to develop players skills individually and as a team. Academy coaches work closely with the Director of Academy, Keith Hagen, to provide skill level appropriate training and competition for the multiple teams formed in each age division.
If you have a player who is interested in additional training and development please read more about our evaluation process.