ASA's Most Comprehensive Program
OVER 250 HOURS OF PROFESSIONALLY GUIDED ON-FIELD AND OFF-FIELD LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.
The Academy program is ASA’s most comprehensive program, supporting players with over 250 hours of professionally guided on-field and off-field learning opportunities throughout the year. Teams train two or three times per week, compete in various tournaments during the year and are led by USSF/NSCAA licensed coaches who are selected by ASA’s Technical staff.
ASA prides itself on providing an intensely FUN, challenging, dynamic and progressive learning environment. The program’s nationally recognized training curriculum teaches possession based soccer in a sequential manner from age group to age group. By U15+ teams are able to execute the style of play at a fast paced, competitive level preparing them for opportunities beyond high school.
The club is committed to supporting players at all levels within the Academy program.
Academy Quick Facts
The Academy program provides a unique platform to make a significant impact on each participant’s life. Skill development through implementing ASA’s game model on the field is pivotal to ensuring players enjoy their competitive experience. The comprehensive platform provided by Academy soccer is first and foremost a medium to develop the whole person.
Academy program participants are challenged to practice:
- Teamwork: Develop skills working well with others towards a unified goal
- Coachability: Respond to direction and oversight
- Resiliency: Bounce back from disappointment
- Humility: Respect peers and opponents
- Self confidence: Believe in themselves.
Participants enjoy additional training and benefits as part of this program:
ASA’s Director of Injury Prevention & Fitness | Jenn Schwartz is a nationally-recognized injury prevention expert in youth soccer and owner of Impact Sports Science Group where she consults many types of athletes on injury prevention, rehabilitation, and sports performance optimization. Her clients vary from Alexandria soccer players, NFL players to Olympians. She holds a Master’s in Muscle Activation Techniques, Fitness, and Health Management, a BS in Pre-Physical Therapy, and is a certified Exercise Physiologist.
Mental Training Consultant | Robyn Kenney is a peak performance expert. She is also a former international athlete for Field Hockey Team USA (2002-2006) and a Boston University Athletic Hall of Fame recipient (2017). As the Director of Mind Body Athletics she teaches mental skills to a variety of athletic teams to improve focus, resiliency, and confidence. Robyn has 14 years experience coaching at The Ohio State University, Virginia Wesleyan College, and TC Williams High School. She holds an MA in Energy & Environmental Analysis from Boston University and a certification as a Mindfulness Instructor from the Center of Koru Mindfulness.
Goalkeepers in the Academy program can participate in weekly goalkeeper specific training sessions with ASA’s professional goalkeeping staff (link to Academy Coach page where the keeper staff will be highlighted). These sessions take place during the Fall and Spring and supplement a team’s regular outdoor practices. Keeper sessions will cover technical aspects of catching, deflecting, low and high ball diving, managing crosses, breakaways and through balls, and distribution.
We recognize the power of soccer to bring together communities large and small around the globe. As part of ASA’s initiative to provide kids with access to unique learning opportunities we have developed official partnerships with several unique organizations and soccer clubs around the world. Our goal is to provide opportunities for players, parents and coaches to experience other cultures.
ASA’s Director of Player Placement, Glenn Gray, assists Academy players interested in collegiate-level soccer. Glenn is a former Academy Coach and provides guidance to our high-school aged players on where to begin and how to move through the recruiting process in a way that maximizes a player’s opportunities. Among other information, this includes input on financial considerations and advice to players on how they can take the lead in the college recruitment process.
Twice during the Academy year (once in the Spring and once in the Fall), coaches complete a written progress report for each player, known as an Individual Development Plan. Players and/or parents have the opportunity to meet with the coach to discuss the ratings, including strengths and areas of improvement. IDPs typically include evaluations in the following areas:
- Technical: first touch, ball striking, passing accuracy, dribbling, defending, goalkeeping (if applicable)
- Tactical: decision making, game awareness
- Psychological: attitude, growth mindset, mental toughness, focus, commitment, respect
- Physical: endurance, agility
During the month of February, individual teams or age groups hold training sessions once per week. We recognize that players may have other extracurricular commitments during that time, thus February training is optional and comes at no additional cost to families. Also, some of our high-school aged Academy teams compete in college showcases during the winter months. Those teams may continue to train on a reduced schedule throughout the winter at no additional cost.
ASA prides itself on providing an intensely FUN, challenging, dynamic and progressive learning environment and nationally recognized training curriculum. From the earliest ages, players are taught essential technical and tactical habits within a club playing style that values game intelligence and technical excellence. Game concepts are introduced in a sequential manner corresponding to the age group, ability level, and match demands. The goal is for players to possess a substantial amount of game knowledge and technical ability to prepare them for the competitive phase (U15+) and opportunities beyond high school
The Academy program operates on a yearly calendar.
Playing on an Academy team is a year-long commitment. Tryouts for Academy teams take place in May or June of each year.
July: Optional summer practices (dependent on coach and age group)
August – Early November: Three practices per week + 8 league games + a tournament (some teams may compete in two or three tournaments)
Late November – Early March: Optional winter practices (high school teams have specific schedules)
March – May: Three practices per week + 8 league games + two tournaments (some teams may compete in more than two tournaments)
Children too young for the Academy program (born in 2013 or 2014) who are looking for a competitive training environment with professional coaches are encouraged to check out the Junior Academy program!
ASA offers tryouts on a rolling basis throughout the year for kids who may have missed the original dates. Please email Academy Director, [email protected]exandria-soccer.org to learn more about setting up a supplementary tryout.