WHAT IS THE WCFC ACADEMY?
The Washington County Futbol Club created the WCFC Academy in the spring of 2009. The intention of the Academy is to provide a more competitive and proper soccer environment to those young athletes that wish to be part of an accelerated soccer program. The Academy is for both boys and girls. Teams are created for U7 through U10 age groups. Academy players are exposed to nationally licensed coaches, current and former college level players, and have opportunities to compete against other players from other areas of the state.
HOW IS THE ACADEMY DIFFERENT FROM RECREATIONAL OR YMCA SOCCER?
Academy teams are led by trained coaches with a specific plan for development of young soccer players. Coaches are selected for their ability to teach soccer, and later evaluated on their ability to teach soccer. Academy teams are competitive, have licensed referees, and enter tournaments.
HOW ARE TEAMS FORMED?
Teams can be created at any level up to U10. Players are welcome from any community. Effort is made to balance teams to ensure a competitive environment.
U7 and U8 Developmental Soccer
Teams are created on a first come first served basis. Teams can be co-ed or single gender and can have no more than 8 – 10 players per team. Players are placed on teams according to their birth year. Age brackets fall between January 1 and the following December 31. (see age eligibility chart tab) Players are not allowed to play down to their grade level.
U9 and U10 WCFC Catalyst Academy
Teams are formed following player evaluations that will be done at the end of each season by the coaches. Open house events give the new WCFC player a chance to be evaluated by the club and its coaches. All attempts will be made to form teams made up of players equal in ability and skill level. Realignment of players may occur at the end of each season to keep players equal in ability and skill development together. There are no tryouts.
CAN MY CHILD PLAY UP A YEAR?
The Academy discourages children from playing in an older age group. Any advantage that may be gained is generally short-term and will balance out as the children mature. The camaraderie developed between teammates over the course of a season or seasons outweighs any short term gain by an individual player. However, we realize that certain circumstances may substantiate a move on rare occasions. Inquiries should be directed to the Academy Director who will make the decision on an individual basis.
ARE TEAMS CO-ED?
Teams can be co-ed or all one gender.
IS THERE A LIMIT TO THE NUMBER OF TEAMS AT ANY LEVEL?
No. WCFC will create as many teams as necessary or that can be fielded with a properly trained coach and a full roster of age appropriate players.
WHEN DO THE SEASONS BEGIN AND END?
Academy level soccer is played year round. You and your child are committing to a year of soccer. The year is defined as a fall and spring competitive season and a winter futsal training season . The fall season will begin in mid to late August and end in late October. The spring season will begin in April and end in June. Game schedules may extend those dates either way. Winter futsal will be offered November and end in March.
HOW MANY PRACTICES AND GAMES CAN WE EXPECT?
This will vary by age group. The U7 and U8 level should expect 2 practices per week, with 1 game per weekend and 1 tournament per season. The U9 & U10 level should expect 2-3 practices per week with 1-2 games per weekend, and 1 tournament per season. Teams may also practice together by age group.
WHAT EQUIPMENT DOES MY CHILD NEED?
Uniforms for Academy players can be purchased by clicking here. Each player will also need shin guards, soccer cleats, and a ball.
For other Youth Academy questions and information not listed here please contact our Academy Director.