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ACADEMY PROGRAM


REGISTRATION FOR THE FALL 2019 ACADEMY PROGRAM IS NOW OPEN!
TO REGISTER YOUR CHILD, LOG IN TO YOUR ACCOUNT AND SELECT THE
2019/2020 YOUTH ACADEMY SOCCER PROGRAM.





The Northern United Academy Program is for U7/U8 players who are interested in learning how to master the game of soccer.  The Academy focuses primarily on player development, specifically aiming to develop a player’s skill, confidence and character.

Academy Coaches:  All training sessions and games are coached by the Northern United professional coaching staff. There are no parent volunteer coaching positions available in the academy program.   

Type of player the Academy is looking for: The Academy is seeking players who have a love for the game of soccer and who express an interest in learning new skills. Current skill level is not an important factor, but attitude is. Players must want to learn from the professional training staff and must be willing to work hard at practice. In return for hard work and willingness to learn, players will enjoy being part of a fun and exciting training environment where they will build great relationships with their coaches and academy teammates.   

Time commitments: The Academy runs for three seasons: Fall; Winter; Spring. Time commitments for the Fall and Spring seasons are: (2) 1-hour training sessions per week (8 weeks in Fall, 8 in Spring) 8 game seasons in Fall and Spring (includes 1-2 Academy festivals per season) Time commitments for the Winter season will be (6) 1-hour training session  and 8 indoor games from Jan-March.   

Practices/Games: During the Fall and Spring seasons, practices are held on weekday evenings and games will be on Saturdays or Sundays. During winter, practice could be on a weekday evening or Saturday afternoon and games are likely to be on weekends but could be on a weekday evening as well.   

Starts week of 8/26
Sessions will be Mon/Wed 5:30-6:30pm at Shamrock Park on Dartmoor in McHenry
Games on Sunday afternoons
Preseason camp the week of 8/26
No sessions on Labor Day, Columbus Day or Halloween. 


Practice/Game Locations: In Fall and Spring, practices and games will take place in McHenry/Johnsburg. (Festivals and away games will require a drive of up to 30 minutes). Academy (new registrants) will be structured into the recreational game schedules with additional games with nearby cities as home only games where referees are present and field accommodations are appropriate.  Away games will be based on similar expectations. Winter practices will be at at a local school gym or facility and games will be at an indoor facility.

Next step for Academy Graduates: The Academy is designed as a feeder program for the Northern United competitive program. Any player who graduates from the academy at the end of the season will then be encouraged to tryout for the our travel team.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Megan Camargo at [email protected]