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Omaha Academy Soccer Program
Academy Open House Coming in May
Sporting Nebraska FC will hold FREE Omaha Academy Open House days of play for players born 2016-2014 (U8-U10) ready for a more competitive pathway in youth soccer. The Omaha Academy is a three year development program run by our Academy staff and directors. Training sessions focus on both the player's individual growth technically and tactically as a team. The Academy is a great place to start a player's journey into the competitive side of the game.
All sessions will be held at the Omaha Sports Complex, 14706 Giles Rd. Omaha, NE 68138. Details to come.
Our Academy Open House will be held on three different nights. For this event players should come dressed ready to play soccer and bring their ball and a water. Players will enjoy an evening of training and small sided games. As the players are training our staff will evaluate each of them to see if they are ready for the Academy program. After the final session families will receive an email with details about where they felt the player's best fit would be. All families will be notified.
How the Academy Program Works...
Our job at Sporting Nebraska is to get to know all the players in our program and help them find the right fit. Our U4-U10 Recreation program is the starting point for most parents. They sign their player up to play with friends and classmates. From there, Christina and the Recreational staff along with our Directors of Coaching and Academy Directors/staff work with the players at training sessions, camps, and watch players on game days. They continue to follow players along their journey and start identifying the players in the U7-U9 age groups that they feel are ready for a more competitive program.
The Recreational will have three levels of identification
Level 1: Identification (U7 Recreational )
Players are evaluated by the Sporting Nebraska FC Recreational & Academy staff during training sessions and at their in-house games. The staff will continue to meet and discuss players throughout the year. At the end of the year players are invited to come to the Academy Open House (AOH) events. AOH is open to any player U7-U9 that is interested in learning more about our Academy program. These are FREE sessions run by the Academy staff. At the conclusion of the AOH events, players that the staff feel are ready will be invited into the Pre-Academy (U8) or Academy (U9) for the following soccer year.
Level 2: Pre-Academy
For Pre-Academy, a pool of approximately 12-20 players will be invited to participate modified version of our Academy. These players will train just like our Academy groups with an Academy staff coach. The will play either in the in-house program or a local league. This program is set up to run year round. Not everyone chooses to do Pre-Academy, and that is okay. That is why the staff continues to evaluate players at the U8 & U9 age groups. Players that we feel are ready will offered spots in the program.
Level 3: Academy Selection
The full Academy program starts at U9 and goes through U10. Our Academy is designed for players for the next level of competition. The development will be driven to prepare players looking to continue a higher level of play and prepare them for tryouts into our Competitive program at U11. Players will be exposed to all positions in the game of soccer (Forward, Midfield, Defense, & Goalkeeper). We encourage multi-sport athletes in our program as long as a base level of commitment can be fulfilled and during soccer season soccer is their primary sport.