Academy Program

The Academy Program spans 42 weeks starting in October and runs through to the end of July with scheduled breaks in December,  March and August.  The emphasis of the Academy Program is to develop game intelligent players who can add value to any team.
The Academy Program offers a consistent training schedule as well as opportunities to play internally in a variety of game settings.
Our groups remain fluid to enable athletes to train and play at their current technical level rather than being locked into one team or group for an entire season based on their chronological age.
We strive to be honest, open and ethical and provide opportunities for each player to achieve their potential.Octo

What Is Included?

Training

All players get access to two (2) training sessions per week through the whole season.  Days and times may well change as we transition indoors in November.

Inter Academy Teams

3v3 Friendlies &  United Academy Festivals.   Teams are created to balance players ability levels and also playing with friends.  

Uniforms

Athletes receive a Southwest United Soccer Academy kit which includes an academy training top, shorts and socks.

Academy FAQ's

What is the difference between my community club and an academy?

The primary difference is the standards we require for our coaches and our focus on teaching and development. The mandate of a community club is to provide services to accommodate the entire soccer community. They are expected to provide programs for all levels of ability and are accountable to the entire soccer community. They are typically driven by a volunteer board members made up of well-intentioned but generally inexperienced parent volunteers. Our mandate is to provide every player in our Academy with the same high quality soccer experience and education. In order to achieve this, we limit the number of spaces available.

What ages do you accept?

We currently accept athletes ages 5 to 12 years old into our Academy Program.  5 to 7 year-olds will start out in the Academy Prep Program where they will focus on development of technical skills so they are able to follow the Academy training curriculum.  Athletes are moved up into the Academy Program as soon as they are ready.

How many athletes do you take on each team?

We are able to field multiple teams in each age group, depending on interest.  Average team size is 12 athletes.

What are the qualifications of your instructors?

Our instructors are certified through the National Coaching Certification Program of Canada or equivalent.  All of our instructors also have First-Aid training and are required to have a police check before joining the Academy.  Both the First-Aid training and police check are reviewed on a yearly basis to ensure top safety for all of our athletes.

Academy Coaches

Jon Johnson
Academy Director
Michael DeAndrade
Goalkeeper Coach
Sultan Qamar
Senior Academy Coach
Aldo Krajcar
Senior Academy Coach
Alliyah Rowe
Academy Coach
Amber Leggett
Academy Coach
Megan Heyes
Academy Coach
Yeliz Sherifali
Academy Coach
Tyler Rodrigues
Academy Coach
Kylie Sousa
Academy Coach
Ruben Gu-Konu
Academy Coach
Becca Kim
Academy Coach
Kyle Caetano
Academy Coach
Jordan Lunshof
Academy Coach

Want More Info On Joining?

We operate with a set capacity for boys and girls which is based on the facilities we have available and the number of qualified coaches we have on staff at any given time. 

Please complete the form below with your athletes details so we can check and see if we have space at this time and to send you our current Academy Membership Program.  

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