Frequently Asked Questions:
At what age does the Academy start? The youngest age group in the Academy is U9 (players born in 2011) for both boys and girls. Players born in 2012 or 2013 may be interested in the Junior Academy!
How do tryouts work? On the first day of tryouts players will check-in and receive a tryout number. Coaches typically assess players during technical activities and small/large sided games. Players may be moved between fields in order to see them in different competitive environments and speeds of play. (Read about the tryout process from a club perspective).
NOTE: Parents will not be allowed inside the fence. Only players are allowed inside the facility during tryouts.
What should my child bring to tryouts? Please have your child wear a white or gray t-shirt along with cleats and shinguards. Players should bring water and a pumped up soccer ball.
What is tryout selection criteria?
Technical - Quality of first touch and comfort level on the ball
Tactical - Speed and quality of decision-making with and without the ball
Psychological - Composure, passion for the game, work ethic and mental toughness
Physical - Natural physical abilities
Commitment - excitemed to learn and attend learning opportunities (practices/games) annually
Can my child try out for an age group "up?" ASA's policy is for all players to try out for their true birth year age group unless given written permission from the Academy Director. If you have questions, please email Chris Arnold at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the time commitment for the Academy Program? Academy teams practice two to three times per week for 1.5 hours per session. Each team competes in a Fall and Spring league wherein they play eight games. Games are generally played on Sundays although they can be on Saturdays.
Fall season: Mid-August to Mid-November
Spring season: Mid-March to Mid-June
Three to four tournaments (generally one fall and two or three spring tournaments)
Can my child play other sports and activities? Absolutely! We encourage players to enjoy other sports and become a well-rounded person and competitor. Coaches do expect players to meet minimum participation expectations. Those should be discussed on a player by player basis with his or her coach.
Is my child "advanced" enough for Academy? If your kid loves soccer and has a desire to learn more we encourage him or her to attend tryouts! Allow the professional coaches to provide their recommendation as to what game and training environment (Academy, Ball Mastery, Rec or SFL) is appropriate for your child.
How much does the Academy program cost? Academy program costs vary based on age group and team. 2019-2010 season costs are estimated to be approximately $2000 per child for the season (this information will be communicated once finalized). Payments can be made in one lump or spread out over five (5) installments. The total cost for Academy soccer includes coaching fees, league fees, insurance, club fees, equipment costs, field permits, referees, and tournament fees. ASA operates with an all-inclusive approach wherein all costs are covered under the yearly fee.
All new players to the Academy are required to purchase an Adidas uniform (~$90-100) that typically lasts two years or four seasons.
Families who qualify for free or reduced lunch will qualify for a set scholarship price, as determined by ASA. Additional assistance is available through an application process with aid allocated on a sliding scale.
Questions about Academy soccer?
Contact ASA by emailing Deputy Director - Academy & Futsal Chris Arnold at email@example.com or by calling 703-684-5425.