U8 Academy


CiTY U8 Academy 2024-25 season

The CiTY U8 Academy is designed for soccer players and families that are looking for a challenging and positive environment focused on player development. The U8 Academy serves as a bridge between our REC program and competitive CiTY travel teams where players will be trained by professional CiTY coaches using a structured, age-appropriate curriculum designed to challenge players while still making practices and games fun.

 The CiTY U8 Academy is a fall and spring program that runs late August - early November and March - May.  The 2024-25 program is open to players born in 2017 and 2018 that are looking for a challenging, age-appropriate training environment that will develop technical skills and help players better prepare for travel soccer.  Practices are 2x/week with a weekend game/scrimmage.  See program overview below for details.

Tryouts and player evaluations will be held for the CiTY U8 Academy in May.  Please see CiTY Tryouts for dates/times and location. Please contact Rob Ryerson, CiTY General Manager at rob@ellicottcitysc.org with questions and to see if the CiTY U8 Academy is the right fit for your player and family.

Program Goals

  1. Create a positive, fun, learning environment
  2. Focus on individual skill development, ball mastery, agility, balance and coordination
  3. Introduce basic, age-appropriate tactical and team concepts
  4. Identify and develop future CiTY travel players and families
  5. Familiarize players and families to the demands of travel soccer without the pressure
  6. Help players develop a passion for the game!

u8 academy Program Overview

  • Fall/Spring Program

    With Summer and Winter kickarounds scheduled during these months

  • Eligibility -Boys and Girls born in 2017 & 2018

  • Structured, age appropriate training curriculum and activity calendar

  • Practices - 2x/week run by CiTY staff coaches

  • Games - 6-8 small-sides game dates per season

    U8 Academy players will play 7v7 games on weekends

    U8 Academy players will play 4v4 scrimmages during practices

    Games will focus on player development and not scores or results

  • All players will receive a customized CiTY size 4 soccer ball included in the program fee

Advantages of Small-sided games

  • Players get more touches on the ball

  • Players make more soccer decisions

  • Allows focus on age-appropriate technique and tactics

  • Smaller field improves agility, coordination, and fitness

  • Creates a challenging and fun, age-appropriate environment

  • Easier communication between coaches and players

U8 Academy Fees 2024-25

AGEBirth YearClub DuesTeam Fees
U8 Academy2016/17$175$750

u8 academy Uniforms

CiTY U8 Academy uniforms are not included in the program fees.  All U8 Academy participants will receive a separate uniform ordering link through soccer.com.  U8 Academy uniform includes 2 shirts, shorts, socks and a sack pack. Additional CiTY gear can be orderedseparately.

Please contact Rob Ryerson, CiTY General Manager at rob@elliottcitysc.org with any questions.

Please contact Tim Lane, U8 Academy Director at u8academy@ellicottcitysc.org with any questions.