Winter Jr. Academy U7-U8

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Program Description

The Jr. Academy is the first stepping stone towards our academy programs and our "Talented player pathway".  The program is for the most focused, and dedicated players in our U5-U8 programs, and prepares players for the U9 Academy programs and beyond.

Players will work with some our club's most qualified coaches, and can expect to regularly work through small sided games, technical exercises (ball mastery), physical literacy (strength, speed, coordination, balance, general athleticism), and 1v1 exercises.

Jr. Academy must participate in at least one of the Soccer Ninjas base programs (YDP) each week, as well as the Jr. Academy specifc training sessions.  Jr. Academy players will also participate in the futsal league on Sundays.  

Program Details

Season Length:

The program runs from November through end of February.  Jr. Academy players must participate in at least one of the U5-U8 Soccer Ninjas base (YDP) training programs.  They will train on an additional night with the Jr. Academy players, and will play games in the U8-U11 Futsal league.    

Competitive festivals will be played against other clubs in the region from time to time during the seasson.  

Player Assessments:

Players for the Jr. Academy should start by registering for one of the U5-U8 Soccer Ninjas - base program (YDP)

From there, players will be invited into the Jr. Academy program periodically, provided they show the focus and commitment and passion to do so.  


Session 1 - Any of the Soccer Ninjas sessions - see program details here

Session 2: Jr. Academy specific:  Wednesday evenings, 7:00-8:00 pm at Louis Riel Dome as follows: 

    November: 7, 14, 21, 28

    December: 5, 12, 19

    January: 9, 16, 23, 30

    February: 6, 13, 20, 27

Futsal Games:  Sundays from November 2018 to March 2019.  Schedules will be posted here when available.


Players interested in the Jr. Academy must start by registering for the U5-U8 Soccer Ninjas - base program (YDP). Invites to Jr. Academy will be sent from there.

An additional fee of $280 will be required from those participating in the Jr. Academy program for extra training and league fees.

Player Requirements:

  • Players are required to wear protective shin guards and shoes at all games and practices. Soccer cleats are allowed and recommended at all age groups.
  • Training shirts will be provided and must be worn to all training sessions. 
  • No jewelry, hair clips or bracelets (excluding Medical Alerts) are allowed to be worn on the soccer field.  
  • Casts – Hard casts are not permitted.
  • Medical Alerts – Medical Alerts are allowed, but must be taped down.


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