Academy Fall Season Info
Who: All U9-U10 players from all communities (those born from 2009 & 2010)
* beginning in fall 2018, U11 players will be combined with U12 in the competitive program. Academy will consist only of U9/U10.
When: 8 weeks, approximately August 20-October 14
What: Training 2 times per week, tournament schedule of:
Team Placement: U9 & U10 simply register and you'll be signed up to play.
Uniform: $75 (for new players only)
Registration period: Discount of $25 if registered by June 22nd!Registration closes July 27th.
Register: click here to register
* When registering, you have the option of making a full payment at the time of registration or choosing to split it into monthly payments.
Uniform order page - all first time competitive players must order a uniform. First check with the club office for your jersey number before ordering. Link coming soon.
Financial assistance page
Questions: contact Program Director Jill Marlow at email@example.com
The FSC Academy began in 2011 to deliver a structured program which addresses the needs of players and families who are entering competitive soccer at the U9-U12 age groups. The Academy serves as a bridge between the Recreational and Competitive programs. Our Academy program has been highly successful in developing a strong foundation of skill sets for players while fostering a love of playing the game. These aspects give players the tools necessary to excel at the competitive and high school levels and beyond!
FSC Programs Comparison Guide
Benefits of the FSC Academy include:
A player-centered, age appropriate, and challenging environment in which players develop to their fullest potential
The highest possible level of progressive training by utilizing the proven FSC Curriculum for Player Development.
Licensed, experienced, and paid coaches: rather than using the Academy for inexperienced coaches to gain experience, FSC invests some of its most experienced and qualified coaches to develop our young Academy players.
Emphasis on development and process, while deemphasizing results and winning
No tryouts - all players accepted.
Reduced cost, travel, and time commitment (as compared to the full Competitive program)
Players learn to love the game while developing the essential skills they'll need to excel and advance!
Who: The Academy program is open to all children in the U9-U10 categories. (U8 may be considered)
For the spring 2017 season this means players born in years 2008 & 2009
U8 players (those born in 2010) will be considered on a case by case basis (depending on ample physical & behavioral maturity)
When: The Academy program is provided in both the spring and fall as follows:
Fall: 8 weeks, Mid August through mid October
Spring: 9 or 10 weeks, beginning when fields/weather permits in April through the MYSA Showcase tournament in June.
(Optional winter training is offered once per week January through March at no additional cost)
Where: All practices and home games take place at Kidsports Complex in Kalispell.
Practices: Academy players train one per week indoors in the winter (January-March) and twice per week during the season. Sessions are 90 minutes.
Coaching: A core component of the FSC Academy is the use of experienced, licensed, and paid coaches. Players in the Academy are in an extremely important and consequential phase of their development. We strongly believe in investing in the development of our youngest players through the use of some of our most experienced coaches who are well suited to teaching the game to these specific age groups.
All FSC coaches and assistant coaches:
Are lifelong fans of the game with a passion and talent for teaching it to young people
Hold a minimum of the USSF E coaching license (Many hold the D license)
Have experience playing the game of soccer
Are supported by the professional expertise of the FSC Technical Director
Are guided by the proven FSC Curriculum for Player Development
Are looking forward to creating a fun and enriching experience for our Academy families!
Games and Scheduling: The Academy games consist of participation in the MYSA league and/or coordinated play dates against other competitive teams from around Montana.
Games take place on Saturdays and always consist of two games on the day.
The schedule will include home games in Kalispell as well as away games in other towns within a three hour drive of Kalispell (such as Missoula, Helena, etc.)
When playing league or play date games out of town overnight stay is NOT required. The travel distance and game schedule will allow to go to the town and return to the Flathead the same day. (Note, an out of town tournament will require overnight stay as they are played on Saturday and Sunday.)
Families are expected to attend all scheduled practices and games. While unexpected events understandably require absence from time to time, families should understand that the commitment level is greater in Academy than in Recreational soccer.
Players may register as a training-only player. This means the player attends all practices but does not participate in games or tournaments. The fee for training-only is $150.
Tournaments: Tournament participation for Academy is carefully considered in order to adhere to certain core components of the program such as maintaining a balance of training-to-game ratio as well as minimizing travel and expense. Academy teams will typically participate in:
Fall: Tamarac (Kalispell) and Pend Orielle Cup (Sandpoint)
Spring: 3 Blind Refs (Kalispell) and MYSA Showcase (rotates location, usually an out of town event)
A third tournament may be considered in each season. This is at the discretion of the FSC Directors.
Team Formation: A core component of the Academy is to group players into pools rather than traditional fixed rosters. This means:
For all training players will train as a combined pool which means training together at the same time, on the same field, and participating in the same training session together. Within the training session players may be sub-grouped as needed.
Rosters for all games, play dates, friendlies, and tournaments will be made to be balanced and equal in terms of player ability. This means players will NOT be grouped by ability as "A" team, "B" team, etc.
Playing Time: Each player is granted a minimum of 50% playing time in every game, regardless of ability or the type of game or event. We strongly believe that ample playing time is essential to player enjoyment and development!
Financial Assistance: It is the goal of the Flathead Soccer Club to help make it financially possible for every qualified young person in the Flathead Valley to play on a FSC team. See the Financial Assistance Page for information.
U10 boys (09 & younger) – Mike Stephan
U10 girls (09 & younger) – Sean Connolly