CFC’s Academy Program is designed for U8, U9, and U10 players as a bridge between CFC’s developmental program (recreational) and Select (competitive) program. It is ideal for the young player who is taking particular interest in the sport of soccer and appears to be ready for a higher level of training as well as increased expectations. Yet, the Academy Program remains primarily focused on individual player development; emphasis on team results (winning) remains secondary. Players of this age are not yet emotionally and socially ready for the pressure of inappropriate competition.
Age Group Pools, Expectations and Coaching
Like the Select Program, the Academy Program expects increased commitment from its players in time and effort and players are trained by CFC’s professional coaching staff. However, Academy differs from Select in that players train as age group pools and play small-sided matches (6 v 6) or (8 v 8). Age group pools allow players to train and compete with different combinations of players, orchestrating competitive environments to benefit the growth and development of everyone involved. Small-sided matches allow for maximum touches during a game - players have to become involved in the play.
Joining a Team
Players interested in the Academy Program must participate in an Academy Evaluation. This is not a “tryout” process resulting in a player being cut. Rather, it is an opportunity for players, parents, and coaches to assess the suitability of the program to the player’s stage of development and determine placement within CFC’s programs.
Academy players train twice a week for 1 ½ hours per session with emphasis on technical skills and introducing tactical concepts. Players are encouraged to practice their skills at home. In addition, Technical Skills Sessions, Speed & Agility Sessions, and Goal Keeper Training are offered at no extra charge. Teams may participate in tournaments, clinics and camps, and other soccer events.
Academy Pre - Season Camp
Carolina FC Academy Program offers a Pre - Season Camp in August. The main focus of the camp will be lots of soccer with emphasis on ball control, conditioning with the soccer ball, and team building. A perfect opportunity to kick off the season! Players will be coached by the CFC Staff along with college players and coaches in the local area.