Viking Academy

Coming Spring 2020

What is a Soccer Academy?

An academy is when a club/association keeps a collection of players within an age group as opposed to placing them on individual teams. The academy is a concept that is based on the professional soccer club systems from around the world.

Many academies do not “cut” or “tryout” younger players and all children that want to play can participate. There are no A, B, and C teams with these academies as players stay in pools and can be moved back and forth according to their progress and development throughout the seasonal year.

The emphasis is on developing players and FUN!

Player Development

The academy approach accommodates and accepts that younger players still have a lot of learning and growing to do within the game and recognizes that putting them in an environment where they receive more training than games is more developmentally appropriate. This approach allows clubs to keep players in larger pools, foster development over winning, and let these young players play freely.  Viking Academy will play non-result oriented competition within the Academy and other club academies if preferred. 

With the academy approach, the focus on improving the individual player’s technique will be emphasized because players will be in an environment where they will not have to worry about making poor decisions or fear of failure during the match. Young players need to get a “feel” for the game; to learn to play instinctively. Young players will be allowed to show their abilities in an environment in which they will still be playing against competition without the “fear” of losing a match.

It is difficult for anyone to predict how good a nine or ten year old player is going to be. Many players get missed when we have them “tryout”, which can cause these young players to get discouraged if they don’t make the level. This can cause a snowball effect, as parents become disgruntled and look to move to another organization so that their child can play on the so-called “A” team. 

With young players it is the coaches’ job to develop every player without discretion of ability. How many times have we seen late bloomers?  An academy provides an environment that allows these young players to experiment and play without the fear of losing a game. Viking Academy will foster an environment where players will look to be more creative, take risks, become better with the ball and have more fun.

How is the Academy Established?

The Academy will be provided by Lakewood Soccer Club.  The Lakewood Soccer Club Board will be responsible for designing the training plans and designating certified soccer coaches to lead the training sessions.  The Academy will train each week and play games within the academy.

All games will be played locally within the Academy.  Occasionally, academies from other clubs will be invited to to play games.


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