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Academy Elite Soccer Training Program

About U8-U10 Academy Elite

$350.00 PER PLAYER  |  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TODAY (How to use PlayMetrics)

The U8-U10 Academy Elite is a Pre-Travel program designed to provide the highest quality development program for the area’s most motivated and committed Under-8-Year-Old (U8) to Under-10-Year-Old (U10) soccer players. 

It is intended for those children more seriously focused on soccer, and for players (and parents) who are willing to make a stronger commitment to prioritizing development above the social aspects of youth soccer.  It serves a “bridge” program to U11 Travel.

The U8-U10 Academy is its own program, meaning players may participate in the U8-U10 Academy or in the Rec program, but not both.

The program offers several unique benefits:

  • A developmentally-appropriate curriculum with a heavy emphasis on individual technique
  • Twice-per-week outdoor training in the Fall and Spring seasons
  • Intra-Academy games on Saturday morning
  • Potential crossover games vs. other clubs
  • Exclusive access to U8-U10 Academy Winter Foot Skills (optional; additional fee applies)
  • Professional coaches


The curriculum features a heavy emphasis on individual ball mastery, allowing each player to become more comfortable, confident, and creative with their foot skills while nurturing their passion and enjoyment for soccer. Activities and games will follow the best practices of US Soccer, US Youth Soccer, and United Soccer Coaches. Each week of training will feature a theme, which will build off the themes from previous weeks, including:

  • Dribbling for possession (changes of direction, shielding)
  • Dribbling for penetration (attacking moves such as scissors, Matthews, step-overs, etc.)
  • First touch
  • Passing
  • Finishing and ball-striking

The theme of each week will be encouraged and emphasized in the Intra-Academy matches on Saturdays, to allow players to practice their skills in a game environment.


A pool of players will train and play together throughout the season. Small groups will be formed each week (approximately 12 players per group), who will train together under the direction of one of our U8-U10 Academy coaches. Each group will be organized into two squads (Orange and Navy) to compete against each other on Saturday morning, with both squads managed by The Alliance professional coach for that week. Games will start with a 4v4 and 7v7 format, but will gradually expand to include new elements like additional players, larger space, the goalkeeper position, and throw-ins.

Groups are likely to change every week or two, which permits players to play with and against a variety of players while also working with each professional coach in the program. Families will receive notification each week in regards to their child’s assignment for that week, along with other updates.


Charlottesville Alliance SC U8-U10 Academy Staff

Sporting Director Shay Bell
Associate Sporting Director Jason Fargo

Location and Time:

Alliance Sports Park | Monday AND Wednesday sessions are held from 5-6pm

Alliance Sports Park | 1313 Polo Grounds Road. Charlottesville, VA 22911

Monday                                                                            Wednesday

September 5, 2022 (NO CLASS)                        September 8, 2022
September 12, 2022                                                 September 15, 2022
September 19, 2022                                                 September 22, 2022
September 26, 2022                                                 September 29, 2022
October 3, 2022                                                          October 6, 2022
October 10, 2022 (NO CLASS)                           October 13, 2022
October 17, 2022                                                       October 20, 2022
October 24, 2022                                                       October 27, 2022
October 31, 2022 (NO CLASS)                           November 3, 2022
November 7, 2022                                                     November 10, 2022
November 14, 2022**                                              November 17, 2022**

**Rain Make-Up Dates