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What is Academy?

The West OKC Soccer Academy is a program designed to allow players from U6-U10 to practice and play with players of a similar level in an environment with licensed and experienced coaches. The idea is to get players of a similar ability in to a challenging environment to encourage development adhered to each individual players, current skill set.

The focus of the West OKC Soccer Academy will be to develop young players who love the game, have a high level of mastery of the soccer ball, who play with the freedom and confidence to make autonomous decisions. The staff will emphasize this in every session. Training sessions will be designed using the US Soccer Structure of Play-Practice-Play. This structure ensures that the game is the biggest teacher and that anything we are working on, is done so in a match realistic environment.

We strongly believe that our Academy is the best program to prepare youth soccer players for competitive soccer at U11. West OKC Soccer Academy players feed in to the competitive Club, Oklahoma Energy FC West. Many of our coaching staff work in both programs.

Why Academy?

We certainly value the work being done by volunteer coaches at the grassroots/recreational level, and we hope to continue to grow these relationships that will benefit all parties, in particular the players. In the academy environment, we can now take a player that is enjoying the game at the recreational level, and provide them with the instruction to continue to grow within the 4 pillars of the game; Technical, Tactical, Mental and Physical. We can also surround this player with peers of a similar level to provide a competitive and challenging environment to drive development. This will reduce the amount of lopsided games, Each coach will be licensed and will possess the key qualities we have identified as a club to really enhance the child’s experience. Players will learn something slightly different from each coach, but there will be a consistent philosophy and style of play throughout our academy program.

Is Academy Competitive?

Academy is not competitive. We will train twice a week and play games on the Friday. We will play in a league, and play games against Edmond Soccer Club and NOKC, but we keep no standings in an effort to remove the pressure to win from coaches, players and parents. The idea is for the focus to be on development and this will be on of the key factors for our program. We will never sacrifice a player or team’s development to win a game. We will instill a competitive spirit and introduce a winning mentality but our main goal is growth and ensuring our players are technically excelling, are able to make their own decisions and understand the demands of the game.

Academy is available to every child, regardless of ability or experience in the game. At this time, we allow players to double roster on both academy & recreational teams.

Birth Year Info

Age
Birthdate on or After
Game Format
Game Lengths
Ball Size
U10 2010 7v7 2x25 min halves Size 4
U9 2011 7v7 2x25 min halves Size 4
U8 2012 4v4 4x10 min quarters Size 3
u7 2013 4x4 4x10 min quarters Size 3

 

According to the new initiatives from US Soccer, players will be placed by their birth year, (January 1 - December 31 calendar year) instead of school year.  Please see above birth chart to see which age group your child will play in.

There will be circumstances where a player due to their ability will play up a year. This decision will be coach driven and must be the right decision for the individual. The Director of Coaching will be involved in any decision regarding players playing up. Players must start off in their birth year and will be placed accordingly by the coaching staff, after an evaluation period. Younger players may NOT play up on a second team. We want anyone playing up to be top 5 on the top team. Formal requests may be made to the staff regarding playing but again, the decision will be coach driven with the players best interests at the forefront.

Academy Format

•2010 & 2011 Age groups will play 7v7    We will play games in house, in the Friday night league with ESC & NOKC and play in OSA’s Academy League with festival weekends

• 2012 & 2013 Age Groups   4v4    We will play games in house, in the league with ESC & NOKC and play in OSA’s Academy League with festival weekends

•Teams will be formed based on ability.  Players may move from one team to the next based on their progress. This evaluation and movement will be up to the coaches working in that age group.

I'm interested! Now what?

 

Contact the Director of the Academy,

Danny Gibson

email: Danny.Gibson@oefcwest.org

phone: 405-875-2820

 

1. Attend our free age group summer clinics  

5:00-7:00 PM @ Taylor Park

July 15-17-Boys age groups

July 22-24 Girls age groups

 

2. Click here to register online 

 

3. Practice Starts Aug 5th

Evaluation Period: Aug 5-Aug 16th

Players can sign up for Academy at any point during the season.

Players that missed the Evaluation period will be evaluated by each coach in the age group and placed accordingly.