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It is our objective to focus on player development at all levels of play by building their skills, confidence, fitness, and sense of community and teamwork. We are also committed to the development of our coaches through coaching courses, online resources, and learning from more experienced coaches. We promote and encourage a high standard of sportsmanship and fair play.


The Soccer Academy promotes and emphasizes the abilities of our younger players pre-Kindergarden through Kindergarden. The focus is on teaching the basics of soccer such as dribbling, properly kicking the soccer ball and on basic fundementals of the game. As players learn new skills they are awarded patches for demonstrating their new skills. Players practice their skills in a variety of games and activities. All practices and Home games are at the Lions Club Park off of Bikle Road in Smithsburg.

The academy is divided into the following age groups for the Spring 2022 Season:

  • U6 Academy: Players in Pre-Kindergarden and Kindergarden / players born on or after September 1, 2017
  • U8 Academy: Players in 1st and 2nd grade / players born on or after September 1, 2015

For the Spring 2022 and beyond, the older Academy group, players in 3rd and 4th grade, will be merged with the SYA Recreational Travel Group. This is to better align with the travel league our teams participate in. For additional information on the SYA’s Recreational Travel group, please visit the SYA Travel Soccer page.


All players are required to wear shin guards. Socks should cover the shin guards at all times, ensuring players protection. Cleats are not required, but are encouraged. Tennis shoes are perfectly fine. Players are also encouraged to bring water to every session and game.


The U6 Academy division meets one night a week for 45 mins. The U8 Academy division meets once a week for an hour and participates in Saturday games.

Spring 2022 Academy Calendar



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