Academy Program (U4 – U8)

Mini-Kickers (U4-U5)

Mini-Kickers continue to develop their fundamental soccer skills with ESA trainers. Mini-Kicker sessions are co-ed, and they meet for a 1 hour session each Saturday around 12PM. Sessions consist of fun games, skills and scrimmage.



Kickers (U6)

Kickers are our oldest pre-schoolers. Kicker sessions meet once per week for an hour with ESA Soccer trainers.  You choose the day of the week to practice when you register.  Sessions consist of lots of touches on the ball and continued development of fundamental skills and scrimmage.

Kickers have one weekday practice (on the day you choose, Mon-Thu) at 4pm and one weekend game session on Saturdays.


Academy (U7-U8)

The Academy program is the last age grouping leading into Cougar Travel Teams, and includes U7 and U8. Our Academy players continue to build on the fundamentals of the game with the introduction of a team format for practices and games. The players are introduced to rules, positions and real game play, and sportsmanship and team play are emphasized. Training sessions run by ESA trainers are one hour long and meet once a week for U7s and twice a week for U8s. On Saturdays, teams play 4v4 games against other Academy teams. The games are refereed by the same trainers the players practice with during the week, and supervised by volunteer Parent Coordinators.

U7 Academy boys and girls have one weekday practice and one weekend game, and U8 Academy boys and girls have two weekday practices and one weekend game.



General Academy Notes

  • Saturday game session times noted above are approximate and can vary slightly based on the number of kids in the program that season
  • Academy Fall
    • Runs for 8-10 weeks typically starting the week after Labor Day
    • Registration opens up in late July
  • Academy Spring
    • Runs for 8-10 weeks typically starting mid April
    • Registration opens up in late February
  • Program Fees
    • U7-U8: $350
    • U6: $260
    • Mini-Kickers: $200
    • Fees include uniform, but do not include a $20 Town Field Usage Fee per player

Looking for programs for players 8 to 19?  Check out our Travel Program.