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About the Spirit United U8 Academy

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The SUSC U8 Academy is in its second year after a very successful 2010/2011 season. We are pleased to say that we had over 20 players from the U8 Academy try-out and be selected to play in the Spirit United U9 travel program for the coming season. The technical foundation given to the players throughout the 2010/2011 U8 Academy season played an important role in the players showing well during the try-out process. The goal of the U8 Academy is to continue to develop a larger pool of technically sound players for the Spirit United travel program and we have got off to a great start.

The U8 Academy will consist of four 5 week training sessions throughout the 2011/2012 season. Each 5 week session will cost approx. $50 plus an additional fee (TBD) for the U8 Academy training kit. It is our goal to make the U8 Academy an affordable program and will have scholarship available for any families that are in need.

Training will be provided by the Spirit United Director of Coaching Sean Mc Cafferty and assisted by highly qualified & experienced professional coaches from within the Spirit United travel soccer program. Please see below for U8 Academy training curriculum:

- Ball control, quality of first touch

- Short & long passing with instep & laces

- Movement off the ball, finding space

- Dribbling, moves to beat defenders, changing speed & direction

- Shooting, finishing with finesse with instep & shooting with power using laces

- Basic combination play, wall-pass, take over & introduction of overlaps

- Awareness of players & space during small sided games (4 v 4/5 v 5) with emphasis on spreading out & finding space to play

The U8 Academy groups will be entered into one indoor league & one outdoor tournament during the 2011/2012 season to introduce the players to competitive play which they will experience at the U9 age group at the travel level.

If you have any questions regarding the Spirit United U8 Academy please contact Director of Coaching Sean Mc Cafferty at sean@spiritunited.org or call him at 484-639-7802.



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