Neenah Soccer Club's Academy program is designed to provide enhanced training to players in the 7U and 10U age groups interested in playing at a higher level of competition in the future. The program serves as a bridge between recreational and competitive soccer, with an emphasis on individual player development through improved technical skills and tactical development, building a foundation for future success. The goal is to enrich each player's already developing love for and high interest in the game.
Players who choose Academy soccer should have a high interest in and commitment to learning the game, improving and playing at a higher level of competition in the future. Parents of interested players should evaluate their players physical and mental maturity, level of interest and readiness for commitment prior to registering for the program.
Academy players will continue to develop by playing and learning all field positions, while increasing their problem-solving skills on the field. Neenah Soccer Club follows the guidelines from the US Youth Soccer Association to enhance the physical, social and psychological development of each player. At this level, players are coached by professionally licensed coaches and parent volunteers. The Neenah SC Academy program is focused on in-house player development, with training twice per week. Teams will also participate in play dates with other state-based clubs and tournaments hosted by our club (Copia Cup in the fall and Flatgrass in the spring).
If you're weighing the options between Neenah Soccer Club's Academy and Recreational Soccer programs and would like additional help determining the best program for your player, check out our parent help page.
If you have additional questions about Academy soccer, please contact our clubs Director of Coaching, Sean Breitzman.
Neenah Soccer Club is a volunteer-run organization. To help keep our costs low and offer these great programs for youth soccer players in our community, we require all parents of players participating in all program to volunteer two hours per player during the course of the season.
Upon registering, you will be charged a $50 buyout fee per player (Family maximum $100), which will be reimbursed when your volunteer obligation has been fulfilled. Academy player volunteer hours MUST be fulfilled at the Scheels Flatgrass Showdown Tournament or Copia Cup Tournament. You can read more about our volunteer policy here.
7/8U teams will play in a 4v4 format with no goalie; there will be no referees at this age level.
9/10U teams will play 7v7 and will include a goalie.
Game cancellations will be sent by Playmetrics accounts when the decision is made by Club.
Soccer is played in the rain and will only be called off if there is thunder/lightning or if the fields are flooded. If storms look like they will end by game time we will not cancel the games; in these cases, the coaches or referees will be responsible for cancellations.
PlayMetrics will be used for all Academy communications. Please download if you have not already, and be sure to provide availability for playdates and tournaments using the app or website. *Availability is due by noon on the Sunday prior to the Saturday/weekend event.