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Youth Academies

Program Administrator
Patrick Hodgins
414.328.9972, ext 106

WYSA Academy Accreditation Program
Boys and Girls U8 - U10
SE Wisconsin (SECL)

U8 Playing Guidelines
•    See Standards Chart
•    Deliberate heading is not allowed. If this happens, indirect free kick from the spot of the head ball. 
•    Any Head Injury-remove from the field-player should not return until evaluated by a Health Care Professional-player may be replaced immediately
•    All free kicks are indirect, NO PKS.
•    Goal Kicks, corner kicks taken within the general vicinity of goal or corner
•    Throw-ins
•    Substitutions are unlimited and can occur at any stoppage
•    See US Soccer PDI for comprehensive guidelines

U9 and U10 Playing Guidelines
•    See Standards Chart
•    Referee: 1 per match
•    Deliberate heading is not allowed. If this happens, indirect free kick from the spot of the head ball. If the deliberate header occurs within the goal area, the indirect free kick should be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the nearest point to where the infringement occurred
•    Any Head Injury-remove from the field-player should not return until evaluated by a Health Care Professional-player may be replaced immediately
•    Build Out Line: When the GK has the ball, either during play or from a goal kick, the opposing team must drop behind the build out line until the GK puts the ball in play 
•    NO Punting: If the punt occurs within the goal area, the indirect free kick should be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the nearest point to where the infringement occurred
•    Offside is now called at this level, beginning at the Build Out Line
•    See US Soccer PDI for comprehensive guidelines

Clubs participating in the Academy Accreditation program will be held to a higher standard regarding parent, player and coach behavior. Participation in the Academy program is voluntary and by participating the club agrees it will follow the Academy rules and guidelines. Clubs not meeting the Academy requirements or clubs displaying poor parent, player and coach behavior can and will be removed from the program.

Accredited Youth Academies
The Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association identified 18 member clubs as Accredited Youth Academies. Youth Academies are player development methods for U-8 and U-10 players. The characteristics of Youth Academies are a focus on pool rostering of players with flexible game day play. It also provides a higher level of training for the players desiring a more advanced development model. In addition, the Youth Academy receives assessment and oversight by the WYSA Directors of Coaching.

In order to achieve accreditation, a club is assessed on the structure of their current or potential academy program that includes the coaching education and license level of the director of coaching, trainers, and other coaches associated with the program.  In addition, their training program(s) and methods (sessions per week, training calendar, coaching methods and environments) are examined.  Finally, The WYSA Directors of Coaching observe player development methods and team training sessions with post observation assessment meeting (s) aimed at providing quality feedback to enhance current or projected academy programs.

Jim Launder, WYSA Director of Coaching says, “With the advent of the Youth Academy programs here in Wisconsin we are beginning a new golden age of development for young soccer players. Not only will this programming allow for the more complete training and playing of games within a format that supports development, it will also enhance the enjoyment of the players and their families alike. We look forward to an evolving Youth Academy program which will complement our other programs in Wisconsin to help young players develop in soccer.”

WYSA Accredited Academies (U10 and under):
Ace Soccer Club
Appleton Soccer Club
Bavarian Soccer Club
Brookfield Soccer Association
Coulee Region United Soccer Association
Croatian Eagles Soccer Club
De Pere Select Soccer Club
Elm Grove Soccer Club
Everton FC of Wisconsin
FC Green Bay
FC Milwaukee
Fusion Soccer Club (Mequon SC/Grafton SC)
Hartford United Soccer Club
Kenosha Area Soccer League (Kenosha Crew)
Kimberly Area Soccer Association
Madison FC
Madison 56ers
Middleton Yahara Soccer Club
Milwaukee Kickers Soccer Club - North
Milwaukee Kickers Soccer Club - South
Milwaukee Sport Club
North Shore United
Oregon Soccer Club
Pewaukee Sussex United
Polonia Youth Soccer Club
Racine Area Soccer Association (Racine United)
SC Waukesha
Strike FC Wisconsin
United Soccer of Allouez
Washington County FC

The purposes of the Youth Soccer Academies are to:

  • Provide soccer players, who have aspirations of becoming a more accomplished player, an avenue to test and enhance their skills.
  • Provide soccer players an opportunity to train with experienced coaches.
  • Provide soccer players an opportunity to investigate the level of play with which they are comfortable, how they fit in with other teams, and for which coaches they would like to play.

Academy players must register with their home club. Clubs that develop academy teams must comply with the rules of the league(s) in which they participate. Other affiliate members may develop academy programs but would be subject to policy and guidelines developed by WYSA. Generally, clubs will develop academy teams in the U8 to U12 age groups.  

Clubs should be clear that the young players within their own academy are those who desire to learn and play at a higher level. Clubs should help parents and players recognize that an academy program is available for players wishing to participate in high level soccer training and playing opportunities. Soccer academies are to be used for training not recruiting. No formal contract or written commitment may be signed by or on behalf of a player to commit a player to an academy team. Clubs should be committed to the concept of player development by in an academy environment; proof of their commitment will be overseen by the WYSA Director of Coaching for a two year period. The State Association will monitor those who maybe only designating teams as academy teams in order to obtain more competitive placements for their teams. 

Soccer academy teams may desire the ability to utilize flexible rostering (club passes, or rostering “across” age groups) which allows for the movement of players based on the changing dynamics of team competitiveness and player development. A club’s academy team may participate in league play (pending that league’s approval), may coordinate with other clubs to participate in “friendly” game formats or group play events with other soccer academy programs.

Academies are to be certified by the WYSA Director of Coaching or designee. Coaches, trainers, administrators, etc. of soccer academies are subject to the WYSA risk management policy and must satisfactorily pass a criminal background check.

In order for clubs to certify their academy program they must submit a written request to the WYSA Director of Coaching or their designee for certification. WYSA will use the following criteria to assess the quality of the club’s academy programs:  

  • an assessment of the structure of their current or potential academy program that includes the coaching education level of the director of coaching, trainers, and other coaches associated with the program
  • an assessment of the academy’s training program(s) and methods (sessions per week, training calendar, coaching methods and environments)
  • observation of player development methods and team training sessions with post observation assessment meeting(s) aimed at providing quality feedback to enhance current or projected academy programs
  • WYSA coaching staff will provide ongoing development and support designed to enhance player development and improve programming for clubs interested in developing academy programs.
 
 
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