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Arsenal Academy

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Utah Arsenal SC Youth Soccer Academy is intended for U5 (turns 5 years old between 8/1 and 7/31 of the year) to U8 (turns 8 years old between 8/1 and 7/31 of the year) players as well as a select number of U9 to U10 players.

This is a Fall and Spring program. The Fall program is 8 weeks and will typically be August and September. The Spring program is 6 weeks and will typically be April and May.   Fall 2014 Academy will begin on Monday 8/25 and end on Wednesday 10/15.  Spring 2015 Academy will begin on Monday 3/30 and end on Friday May 15th.  

The academy is a soccer development program for those who are interested in a competitive soccer experience. These players will be taught based upon proven curriculum the proper basics for future soccer development. The academy consists of training sessions and games.  Each child will be given a uniform and a ball. We will provide 1 coach to every 5-10 players. This coach will be trained and managed by the Academy Director.

Annual registration for the academy begins in May each year. The total number of players is capped, so register right away if you have interest.  Cost is $200 per child. Parents who are assigned as volunteer coaches will receive a $50 discount per team coached.

If you are interested in coaching in the Academy or have questions about the academy program, please contact us.  Any questions, concerns, comments please call our Academy Manager (801) 206-4041 or e-mail academy@utaharsenalsc.org.

U5-U10 Arsenal SC-Youth Academy (FAQ's)

Who this is for? Our Youth Academy is for boys and girls who love soccer and wish to learn more about the game and improve their ball skills. Arsenal SC provides a safe, fun environment for the players to practice and play under the guidance of the finest coaches and teachers of the game.

How is it designed? The Arsenal SC Youth Academy uses ‘player pools’. The ‘player pool’ method has been an outstanding success in developing creative, skillful players who have an enhanced love of the game and their club instead of just playing for a team. The Arsenal SC Youth Academy focuses on the development of EVERY player, instead of teams at these young ages as recommended by the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) in their ‘Player Development Guidelines’. This focus is also strongly recommended in the coaching license courses run by the USSF and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).

Why you should join? The main reasoning behind the development of individual players is that in the past there has been so much focus on creating winning teams, that the players’ technical skills have never developed enough to be able to carry out the tactics needed to play at the next level. After all, there are NO tactics without technique. It is the individual ball skills, creativity and love of the game that will create exciting soccer players who can play on successful teams and this is why the Arsenal Youth Academy works better in helping players reach the next level of play. We will place proper emphasis on the things a child needs to develop. Each age group will practice in gender/age specific groups if the numbers allow it, where we encourage all our players to play without any fear of making mistakes and to express themselves positively on the soccer field. Our coaches challenge all of the players to get better and improve and teach sportsmanship and good values to the players in the process.

Will there be games? The Game is the best teacher. There will be a mixture of “training games” and actual games. Games will be what are called small sided and will progress as recommended for each age group. Utah Arsenal SC’s coaching philosophy is to guide the players to the answers of the many challenges that the sport provides so that they have a better understanding of soccer, instead of throwing all the answers at them and expecting them to remember them.

Who will oversee the academy? Mark Nicholson - a C-licensed Arsenal Coach, will be the director of the Academy program.  He will oversee our coaching staff which includes trained and qualified teachers. ALL our parents and paid coaches are trained in working with and developing young players.

If you are interested in your child participating in any of our U5-U8 programs complete the online registration, or if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at academy@utaharsenalsc.org

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