Junior Academy

Junior Academy

Taking it to the next level

Recreational players looking for more training and/or the next level of soccer are encouraged to try out for Junior Academy. The curriculum of this program focuses on four key areas: first touch on the ball, dribbling, ball manipulation and tactical awareness.

U7 (2014) - U8 (2013)

Junior Academy players are identified by ASA staff coaches and invited to participate in the program. Children selected for this program have the opportunity to practice once or twice per week with ASA professional coaches, as well as play games in the Metro Development League (MDL) against Junior Academy teams from other clubs. All games will be hosted by ASA. Kids often play on a Rec League team AND participate in Junior Academy. 

The Junior Academy training curriculum focuses on dribbling skills, passing and receiving, game awareness, tactical spacing and the importance of giving 100% effort. Additionally, coaches emphasize and teach children to be respectful of teammates, opponents, referees and coaches.

Junior Academy is a yearly commitment (kids join in the fall) and participants train fall and spring. Participation in the Junior Academy does not guarantee a roster spot in the Academy (travel) program.

Questions? Email Junior Academy Director, Grigor Boychev at [email protected] or call the office, 703-684-5425.

2020-2021 ID Day Registration

ID Days

Junior Academy
$ 0 per player
  • ID Days TBD
  • [Select which day/s you'd like to attend during when you register].
  • Simpson Field (426 E. Monroe Ave)
August 4TuesdayGirls 5-6pm
Boys 6:45-7:45pm
Jefferson Houston
August 18TuesdayGirls 5-6pm
Boys 6:45-7:45pm
Fort Ward
August 29SaturdayGirls 9:30-10:30am
Boys 11:15am-12:15pm
Jefferson Houston

After the identification day/s you will be contacted by the Junior Academy Director with information about your child’s placement. If your child is selected to join the Junior Academy program you will determine whether your child will attend one or two practices per week (see further information below) and complete the registration online. Kids who are not quite ready for this level of play may be encouraged to participate in a Ball Mastery program.

2020-2021 Practice & Competition Schedule

Practice Schedule

Season DatesDay/sTimeLocation
Fall 2020August 24-November 5Tuesdays and/or Thursdays4:30-5:30pm — Boys
5:35-6:35 — Girls
Simpson Field
Winter Optional Sessions
(included in the price)
February 2 - February 23Tuesdays
Spring 2021
March 16-May 20
(off the week of spring break)
Tuesdays and/or Thursdays4:30-5:30pm — Boys
5:35-6:35 — Girls
Simpson Field

League Schedule (Metro Development League)

Fall 2020September 19 - November 7th
(no game October 10)
SaturdayBetween 3:00-6:30pm
(games are 1 hour)
Simpson Field
Spring 2021April 10 - May 22ndSaturdayBetween 3:00-6:30pm
(games are 1 hour)
Simpson Field

Tournament Schedule

  • Fall Tournament | November 7, 2020
  • Spring Tournament | May 22, 2021

All games (league and tournament) will take place in Alexandria versus internal and external competition.

Program Summary & Cost

Tuition covers one full year of Junior Academy (fall 2020 through spring 2021). Practices are on Tuesdays & Thursdays. If your child opts to attend one practice per week you can select which day to attend.

Kids will be assigned to a team that they will train and play with during league games. This team will be coached by an ASA professional coach. We make every effort to pair friends together upon request. 

Program includes:

  • ASA age-appropriate curriculum and philosophy taught from day one
  • Saturday afternoon games in a local crossover league in the fall and spring
  • Training on premium grass and turf fields
  • Potential opportunities to guest play with our 9U Academy (travel) groups in other events/tournaments
  • One or two practices per week
  • One (1) practice per week: $650
  • Two (2) practices per week: $975

Tuition can be broken into multiple payments throughout the year.
Scholarships are available to families who qualify for the Free and Reduced Lunch program at school.

COVID-19 Refund Policy

Since the Junior Academy is a year-long program, there likely would not be a refund or additional credit — rather a reduction in the tuition amount before payments are processed.

Families have the option to spread payment across several months through our installment plan. If portions of Fall programming are cancelled, we can adjust tuition down by reducing or waiving future, unpaid installments. This means that while you may not see an immediate refund for cancelled programming, by the end of the Junior Academy year, the tuition paid should reflect the services rendered (recognizing that there are also fixed costs that need to be taken into account).  

Should it become clear at any point that Fall programming is not possible, we will adjust the tuition and push back the fee schedule accordingly, giving families assurance that they will receive programming that they are paying for. Families who pay in full at the time of registration will have the same recognition extended to them. 

Training Items

Junior Academy participants are required to wear a gray training t-shirt to all practices and games. These can be purchased in the ASA office for $10. Each child must bring his or her own soccer ball to training sessions. Balls are available for purchase in the office or can be bought elsewhere.

Yearly Calendar


Weekly training sessions, league games on select Saturdays


Optional winter training sessions (weather dependent)


Weekly training sessions, league games on select Saturdays​


Additional training opportunities (not included in price): Camps, Futsal Ball Mastery