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Junior Academy (5U-8U)

This program is for players born in 2017-2020 for the 2023-2024 year. Players born in 2017 also have the option to play up in our Academy (9U) program instead.

Our Junior Academy program is an introduction to soccer where players are trained on the fundamentals of the game in Phase 1 of our Player Development Framework.  Players will learn key skills and practice using them in games against other SPSC teams and/or teams from a neighboring club or organization.

The primary goal of the program is individual player development and learning team concepts. Thus, it is critical that all players get touches on the ball and why goalkeepers are not used, as recommended by US Soccer. The program has a minimum of eight (8) games each season.

Makeup of Teams

Players are assigned to teams based on a mix of factors, such as experience, genders, grades, birth dates, etc.  We do our best to create teams for both developmental purposes and so that our games are competitively balanced.

Team requests are considered, but are not guaranteed. The best way to ensure your request is honored is to volunteer to coach the team.


All teams use volunteer Coaches who receive ongoing support from our Junior Academy Director and a training curriculum. See our Volunteer Coaching policy for information on volunteer coaching incentives:


Each player will receive a team shirt, which must be worn in games. If your player plays in both fall and spring, they will use the same shirt. Shirts are printed in bulk, so we may not be able to provide a replacement if it is lost or damaged.

Players must bring their own ball to training sessions, wear shin guards, and be dressed appropriately for play.


Once registration closes, all players will be waitlisted until we can confirm that we have enough Coaches to serve them. The best way to guarantee your child's spot and get off the waitlist is to volunteer to coach. Once a new Coach volunteers, an additional 7 players will be released and assigned to the new team.

Any players not given spots on teams will be refunded their registration fee.


Teams have one training session a week on Mondays with a game played on Wednesdays. Schedules may vary as needed due to factors such as weather, holidays, etc. 

All trainings and games are held at Stoneridge Estates Park (300 Stonehaven Drive) at 5:30 pm.

*7U players have the option to play up to 8U if they want to play with older age group. 

The cost for this program is $75 per season (fall OR spring) or $150 for the full year (fall AND spring). If you are interested in remaining with the same team for the full year, then you must register for the full year.

Teams will either be built by age group (5U/6U and 7U) or ages may be combined if necessary, based on the number of registrations.


Teams have two trainings a week, generally on Tuesdays/Thursdays at 5:30pm, with a game played on Saturday mornings at 9am . *Schedules may vary as needed due to factors such as weather, holidays, etc.

Games will be played against either other SPSC teams or those from our partner organizations. Each season includes 9 games, which has 3 games capping off each season in Jamborees.

The cost for this program is $100 for a single season (fall OR spring) or $200 for the full year (fall AND spring).

REGISTRATION FOR 2024-2025 is open

Fall seasons begin in September and go until early November.
Spring seasons begin in April and end in early June.

Financial Aid is available

Refund Policy

For registration related questions, contact our Club Administrator.

Amanda Henderson Junior Academy Director

Age Groups

Birth Year Age Group
2017 8U
2018 7U
2019 6U
2020 5U

Interested in being a team sponsor?

Visit out Sponsorships page for more information.