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Competitive Development Academy

North State Soccer offers the Competitive Developmental Academy (CDA) for 10 & Under players as a pathway into competitive soccer. This year-round program offers your player top level, age-appropriate training by experienced coaches with a very reasonable time and travel commitment. The lower cost, compared to the associated costs with normal travel ball, makes the CDA the most affordable entry point to the next level of soccer in our area. Our goal is to prepare players interested in playing at a competitive level without committing players & families to constant travel.

The CDA focuses on the developmental needs of our young soccer players. A strong technical foundation is key for our future players' success as well as emphasis on the development of their motor skills to shape them into high performing athletes. At the core of everything, players are given freedom to have fun and cultivate a passion for soccer that will last a lifetime. As per North State Soccer’s club philosophy, a premium will be placed on positive habits and values taught through teamwork, effort, responsibility and commitment.

Our program consists of two main sessions during the fall & spring seasons and two shorter sessions in the summer & winter seasons. The sessions are planned to follow one another in terms of player development, however we understand the needs of some families that may choose to skip a session or to enter/depart from the CDA between sessions.

Competitive Development Academy format:

  • Two 90-minute training sessions per week
  • Ten Intra-Academy matches during each fall and spring sessions
  • Four to five competitions against other Clubs including home matches and away Nor Cal Play dates
  • One away tournament during each fall and spring sessions

The teams for all academy competitions – in-house games and competitions against outside teams - will change from week to week. This allows all players to play with and get to know all players in the academy pool while also allowing coaches to manage the rosters to ensure that games are competitive.

The program is intended for players with 2010 birthdates, but 2011 players may also participate if their interest and focus is appropriate (for the 2019/2020 season).

The Competitive Development Academy is directed by Coach Eric Johnson and North State Soccer Director of Coaching Steve Hofferber, and is staffed with other NSS competitive coaches and parent-coaches who may continue to coach competitive teams from this age group into the future.

Academy Assessment training sessions for prospective players will take place during the week of May 13-16, 2019. Parents & players will have the opportunity to find out more about the academy program, and academy staff can assess player skills and numbers of players interested. The Assessment Trainings will be May 13th & 14th for boys and May 15th & 16th for girls, 5:30-7pm at the Soccer Park. Prospective academy players are encouraged to attend!

Estimated Fee Schedule for 2019/2020 Academy:
  • 2019/2020 Registration Fee: $350.00
  • Your Registration Fee includes:
    • US Club Registration and Player Card
    • NSS Membership Fee
    • Practice Fields
    • Match Field and Referee Costs
    • Practice Uniforms
  • Tournament Fees (3-4 possible tournaments throughout year) - Additional $45.00/each
  • Payment Plans will be available.

It is our intention that players will not be turned away from the academy because of financial need. Fund-raising and financial aid will be available to help appropriate families.

Academy Sessions

  • Summer – June 24 – August 1, 2019 (6 weeks)
  • Fall – August 12 – November 14, 2019 (14 weeks)
  • Winter – January 20 - February 14 2020 (4 weeks)
  • Spring – March 2 – May 21, 2020 (12 weeks)