January 21, 2021
We are pleased to announce a new academy game platform for our academy players (U6 – U10). West OKC Soccer Academy, along with Edmond Soccer Club (ESC), North Oklahoma City Soccer Club (NOKC), Oklahoma Celtic, and Midwest City Soccer Club academy programs have collaborated to work on an improved game schedule.
Director of Coaching, Danny Gibson says of the Metro Academy Games, "West OKC Soccer Academy was a leader in forging this collaboration, with the goal of providing challenging competition for our teams and players, a consistent schedule for families and coaches, and the goal of improving youth soccer, not only in our own communities but those around us. We have identified the academy as a huge building block, for the overall success of our Club. We quickly identified that providing quality and consistent game schedules was an issue and we are delighted to work with other like minded directors and individuals to get this over the line and ready to roll out to our groups in the Spring."
The Metro Academy Games (MAG) will create matchups to help with total player development. Players will be placed in an enjoyable environment, but with the right amount of challenge in each game. Games (6 -8) will primarily be played on Friday evenings, and teams will play home and away.
Instead of academy programs playing each other on a set date, where coaches and players might not be available due to conflicts, this more flexible game schedule will allow for total attendance and help with everyone’s schedule. It will also help with minimal game breaks in a season, create new matchups and varied opponents, and prepare players/parents/teams for what the structure looks like when moving into competitive soccer.
We’ll still have our in house schedule of evaluation games and scrimmages, as well as the ability to schedule out-with the Metro Academy Games, with other clubs and teams, but we are excited to provide this platform to our members and feel this is a long overdue step in the right direction.
West OKC Soccer Academy is committed to providing the best possible program for youth soccer players in our communities. We are over the moon with the groups we currently have in the program but also see too often potential players & families looking elsewhere. The goal is to continue to earn your trust and buy in. Providing and communicating a consistent schedule is a big stride, but we are only getting started.
We have implemented an academy wide curriculum and philosophy, we have dates set for coach education and player clinics at our grassroots clubs; YSC, MYSA & Newcastle FC. Our groundbreaking partnership with Scottish professional team, The Glasgow Rangers Football Club provides our staff with unique resources & coach education and will give our players some unbelievable opportunities. Lastly we have 2 technical training programs coming soon; one at home and one through the Club, to ensure our players are getting the touches and technical foundation necessary to compete at the highest level.
The Spring Season is going to be our best yet. We appreciate your continued support and want you to be proud of the club we are building in our communities.