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JUNIOR ACADEMY

 

TRAINING TO LEARN

Challenging and developing our young athletes

Developing core technique, game intelligence and passion for the game through our SA United Player Pathway.
Our Junior Academy program offers professional soccer coaching of U7-U10 boys and girls. Players are assigned to team rosters and train as age groups twice weekly.
Our coaching staff follow an established club player development curriculum that places the individual at the centre of learning, with training goals that include individual technique and game intelligence.
 
Small group and team tactics are taught to understand the depth of the sport, however team success is not defined as winning only. SA United teams play a distinct style of soccer, balancing the passing game with 1v1 play, but always aiming for high intensity performances.
From U7 to U10 our players work through a 4v4 and 7v7 training curriculum to prepare them for the move into U11 competitive 9v9 soccer. Written player evaluations are provided every fall and spring season. Game days are typically Saturday, with all Junior Academy teams playing at one location as an entire program.
 

PARENT TESTIMONIALS

See what some of our members have to say

John R

Parent / Junior Academy Program

My son plays on the U9 Boys Azzurri team. They have improved tremendously over the course of the Fall season. The boys improved at a more accelerated rate than any other U9 team in my opinion. The coach has been excellent. He makes it fun and at the same time maintains discipline. Christian is 7 years old and playing up!

Jaimi B

Parent / Junior Academy Program

Our son has a passion for the game of soccer and when we were searching for a soccer program for him to join, we noticed he responded best to the SAU program. More specifically to his coach's style. Our son has challenges at times with social interaction and attention span, he responds to his coach's positive encouragement. 

Ariani R

Parent / Junior Academy Program

Titans has been a crucial part of our boys growth as sport kids. SAU have walked closely on the pathway starting with our eldest 6 years ago on Rising Stars, the first step was making soccer fun and loving it. Then by moving to the Junior Academy, kids start to develop self-confidence quickly through competitive, professional coaching.

 

OUR PHILOSOPHY

Challenging and developing our young athletes

28 training sessions and 9 games per season, offering challenging and enjoyable player development in a person-centered environment.
Academy players at SA United are immersed into an environment of challenging training and competitive matches. We aim to develop the whole player and person, learning a range of core technique, game intelligence, and experience of the game from all positions and points of play.
Players will always receive a minimum of 50% of playtime for every game to maximize their development. Coaches will rotate players through all positional roles on the field. This method allows them to experience and learn the game from all technical and tactical viewpoints. Using the pool play method we train same-age group teams side-by-side to allow pool training and scrimmage in training. Pool play is used to share players across teams every game, allowing players to experience more than one game and move across different levels of competition. Our age groups are developed as an entire group, as we prepare and plan for U11 tryouts and competitive 9v9 soccer in our Junior Program.
 

PROGRAM DETAILS

Info on the program, its format, training times and location

Program overview
Teams are formed every fall and spring season. Players can register for fall only, spring only, or fall and spring seasons each year. Age group and gender training schedule is set each year.
Players compete in the PDF league of San Antonio, where no scores or standings are posted, but matches are highly competitive. Fall season runs from August-December. Spring season runs from January-May. Winter break is typically 5 weeks over December - January.
Game format
U7 and U8 teams play a 4v4 game format with 3x15 minute halves.
U9 and U10 teams play a 7v7 game format with 2x25 minute halves.
 
Player equipment: Players at these age groups use a size 4 Soccer ball.
Shin guards, cleats and team uniform are required for all games and training.
Field dimensions: For U7- U8 players it is minimum 20x30 yards and maximum 35x40 yards.
For U9 - U10 players it is minimum 35x55 yards and maximum 45x65 yards.
Program fees
Fall season
 
Commitment fee: $150 (non-refundable)
Payment plans for monthly training dues:
  • $25 early bird registration discount until 31st July, 2020
  • Pay in full - Fall only ($449)
  • Pay in full - Fall and Spring ($898)
  • 2 monthly payments for Fall only (initial $150, then 2 monthly payments of $149.50)
  • 5 monthly payments for Fall and Spring (initial $150, then 5 monthly payments of $149.60)
Total: $449 per season (Fall and Spring)
 
Items not covered:
  • Tournament fees
  • Cost of uniform - $90 (2020-2022)
  • Coach's travel expenses are not covered but shouldn't be an issue since all teams play locally
Player registration
Junior Academy players may join through open registration during fall and spring season. Registration remains open until teams and age groups are full. No tryout is required.
Program schedule
Season length: 14 weeks
Practice days: Mondays and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday schedules
Practice times: U7 and U8, 5-pm-6pm, U9 and U10, 6pm-7.30pm
Game dates: September to November in Fall, February to May in Spring
Game times: Saturday, between 8.30am and 5pm. League schedule is set by board member.
Current training schedule:
Monday and Wednesday - U8 boys and girls, 5pm-6pm
Monday and Wednesday - U9 boys and U10 boys, 6pm-7.30pm
Tuesday and Thursday - U10 boys and U9 girls, 6pm-7.30pm
Tuesday and Thursday - U7 and U8 boys, 5pm-6pm
Field information
GVTC Sportsplex, is located at 29064 Bulverde Road, San Antonio, Texas, 78260.
There are two entrances into the complex, North and South.
When you enter the complex, field #1 and #2 will be the first fields you see, this is where all training sessions for these age groups are held.
There is a parents area to watch your son(s) or daughter(s) and encourage them in a healthy fun environment.
Field Policies and Regulations

For safety reasons, prohibited items include but are not limited to: 

  • Alcohol, drugs, chemicals, illegal substances or any paraphernalia associated with drug use

  • Fireworks or any combustible devices

  • Obscene or offensive material

  • Animals (except service animals)

  • Weapons of any type, including chains, knives, firearms and spiked jewelry

  • Any other item deemed unacceptable by event or complex staff

  • Speed limit at the Sportsplex is strictly 5mph

  • No soliciting

  • Tobacco and smoke free environment (including electronic cigarettes)

  • No swearing or aggressive behavior aimed at officials, parents or players

  • Guests found to be in violation of the above policies may face possible ejection or suspension from the GVTC Sportsplex

 

CONTACT US

Postal Address: P.O. Box 340058, Austin, TX, 78734

Field Address: GVTC Communications Sportsplex, 29064 Bulverde Road, San Antonio, TX, 78260

Phone: (210) 599 4622

Email: rhonda.s@saunitedsoccer.com