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MYSA Youth Academy

[Updated: 9/12/2014]

A team of coaches developing a player rather than a coach developing a team of players.

At the request of some MYSA member clubs, Minnesota Youth Soccer is proud to announce that it will be rolling out
its new MYSA Youth Academy Program starting with the 2014–2015 soccer year. Listed below are the 2014 calendar dates and an overview of the key elements, objectives, competition format, training guidelines and more.

Participating Clubs

# Code Club Academy Director Phone
1 VLY Valley United Soccer Club Derrick Cobb 612-749-2456
2 BHK Blackhawks Soccer Club Chris Scanlon 651-894-3527
3 SCV Sporting St. Croix Nathan Klonecki 651-329-3152
4 WDB Woodbury Soccer Club Andy Seidel 651-260-7133
5 KLX Keliix-Intra Soccer Club Dave Lawson 612-991-8110

MYSA Youth Academy Program Dates for 2014

Mon, June 2, 2014 Club applications due to MYSA by 5:00 p.m.
Mon, June 16, 2014 Clubs notified whether or not they were accepted
Mon, June 30, 2014 Youth Academy Program meeting for participating clubs
Mon, August 4, 2014 Player and coach submittals due to MYSA by 5:00 p.m.
Thu, August 7, 2014 Scheduling meeting held at MYSA office for August through November competitions
Sat, August 9, 2014 Academy competitions may begin
Sat, August 23, 2014 Youth Academy Program Fall Kick-Off Event: Lakeland, Minn.
Wed, November 12, 2014 Scheduling meeting held at MYSA office for February through July competitions
Sun, November 30, 2014 Academy competitions must end
(November and December – Off)


Program Overview

Key Elements

  • Pools of players rather than teams
  • Flexible roster
  • Individual player development
  • Appropriate training-to-match ratio
  • More impactful matches


  • To address the interests of MYSA clubs who believe in the Academy philosophy and are seeking an alternative
  • To facilitate individual player development at younger ages
  • To increase the probability of more evenly-matched opponents, making travel more worthwhile
  • To improve training-to-match ratios and seasonal/yearly periodization
  • To improve the standard of play


  • Provides more players better coaching during a critical stage of development
  • Potential for greater player retention and improved quality of play at older ages
  • Provides clubs the opportunity to implement a Long-Term Athletic Development (LTAD) program
  • Fosters “Club” identification as opposed to individual team mentality
  • Encourages more club communication and cooperation
  • Use leadership position to offer and endorse another way to develop players
  • Provide structure, neutral oversight, support and best practices for the program and club leadership
  • Continuous assessment of players over the year
  • Address the needs of the most committed player on the path to soccer as their #1 sport
  • Help develop larger pools of players by allowing clubs to create a more personalized learning experience
    for each player

Competition Format

  • MYSA’s U10 playing rules will be used to govern play: 6 vs. 6, including a goalkeeper
  • It is recommended that match dates consist of two matches
  • No records of results or standings are kept
  • It is recommended that each player play at least 70% of a match

Academy Training Guidelines

  • Academy Programs should train two to three times per week
  • Coach-to-player ratio 1:12 is recommended

Academy Player Registration

  • Players are registered through a Club Academy Program
  • MYSA Annual Fee - $100 per player (additional club fees will also apply)
  • Players compete in Academy matches only
  • Club may move any Academy player freely within the Club’s Academy Program

MYSA Roles and Responsibilities

  • Provide oversight for and promote the Academy program
  • Hold clubs accountable for meeting Academy guidelines, rules and objectives
  • Lead policy oversight committee
  • Organize fall and spring scheduling meetings

Club Roles and Responsibilities

  • Club representation at MYSA-led seasonal scheduling meetings with other clubs
  • Communicate match-day schedules to families well in advance
  • Communicate with opposing clubs to identify most appropriate match rosters
  • Manage match-day logistics
  • Provide input to MYSA upon request

MYSA Recommendations

  • Club Academy Director has National Youth License  
  • Club age group coaches have minimum of “E” License  
  • Club offers MYSA’s Parents and Coaches Together (PACT) education program
  • Administer MYSA Youth Academy Parent education program