Academy Page Info

Oshkosh United Academy Program
 

On July 9th Oshkosh United is hosting our first ever Academy Fest. This will be a free, fun Academy event for anyone born between 2009 through 2012 interested in discovering what playing Academy soccer is all about. 

 

Interested in attending Academy Fest!? Please fill out this form to let us know you are coming. 

 

The Oshkosh United Academy is a program open to boys and girls in the 8U and 10U age groups (8U encompasses 7U and 8U players while U10 encompasses 9U and 10U players). Academy programs focus on player development as opposed to winning. We seek parent coaches that have soccer experience for the program and our professional coaching staff provides training and ongoing support to the parent coaches to help create the best possible environment. All coaches are provided with a club provided coaching curriculum which follows US Soccer skill development guidelines. 

Our Academy has a fall season and a spring season. Players can elect to play in one season or both seasons. 

Check out the program information below to register online and to see the age eligibility chart. If you have any questions please email academy@oshkoshunited.com.

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What is an Academy? 

  • Academy programs have elements of a recreation program (no tryouts) as well as elements of a Select traveling program (play against other clubs, more competition). As a result, the Academy is typically considered to be a "bridge" between competitive and recreation soccer. Most Academy players have previously played soccer but if a player has not but they have a strong desire to learn they can still join. 
  • Academy programs follow guidelines from the US Youth Soccer Association based on research by experts in the fields of physical development, cognitive learning, and social development. 8U teams play 4v4 and 9U/10U teams play 7v7. Having less players on the field increases the number of touches each player gets for a game which leads to increased skill development and engagement/enjoyment. 
  • Games are played against other local clubs that have academy programs ranging from Neenah to Green Bay. 
  • In addition to league games Academy teams can play in festivals (tournaments in which teams play games but winning is not emphasized - all players get a medal, etc.). Our Academy teams play in one festival in the fall and one festival in the spring. 
  • Player development is prioritized over winning. Players play multiple positions and get equal playing time to give all players the best developmental experience possible. In practices, all players in the same age group will train together (pool training versus team training). Individual skill development is the priority at this age (and continues to be until around 13U). Players may be split into smaller groups for some training activities but those groups will not be teams. In age groups with enough players to have multiple teams, we will select players to be on teams and those teams will be scheduled to play games against other teams that are at approximately the same developmental level. Every few weeks we will evaluate the teams and rosters may be changed periodically throughout the season to accomodate different developmental rates. All games are played on Saturday mornings so changing teams would not result in a large schedule change. 

 

Age Group Chart

Check out the age group chart below to see what the "soccer age" of your child is. The soccer year runs from August 1st through July 31st. On August 1st a player will move from being the age group they are in to the next age group. At Oshkosh United, we make every effort to have a player play in their age group against other teams near the same skill level. Playing against competition that is too hard or too easy is not good for skill development or enjoyment. 

Fall 2018 - Spring 2019 Age Groups
Year Age Group
2012 7U
2011 8U
2010 9U
2009 10U

 

Academy Overview Table

8U 9U/10U
Ages Players born in 2011 and 2012 Players born in 2009 and 2010
Practices Twice a week in August/September on Monday and Wednesday, then once a week on Wednesday only starting in October Twice a week on Monday and Wednesday for the entire season
Games Saturday mornings Saturday mornings
Game Format 4 v 4 no goalkeepers 7 v 7 with goalkeepers
Referees No Yes
Tournaments Fall = 1 (Copia Cup in Neenah), Spring = 1 (Oshkosh on the Water) Fall = 1 (Copia Cup in Neenah), Spring = 1 (Oshkosh on the Water)
Season Timeline

Fall: Practice start in mid August with games beginning after Labor Day. The fall season concludes in late October. 

Spring: Practices start in mid April with games begininng in late April. The spring season wraps up in late June. 

 

Spring 2018 Academy Logistics

  • Season schedule: Games will start April 28th and end June 23rd
  • No games will be played on May 26th (Memorial Day weekend).
  • No games will be played on June 2nd (Tryout weekend for the Select teams).
  • Game Schedule: The game schedule is set to be released by the league on April 14th. 
  • 9U/10 practices will be Monday and Wednesday evenings at Perry Tipler field from 5:30 - 6:30 PM.
  • 8U practices will be start on Monday and Wednesday evenings at Perry Tipler from 5:30 - 6:30 PM. Starting in June 8U teams will only practice on Wednesday nights. 
  • Anticipated Practice Start Date: April 11th (weather permitting)
  • Teams will participate in the Oshkosh on the Water tournament June 9th and 10th.

Registration Deadline: March 19th

 

Academy Cost
Academy players have the option of playing fall soccer, spring soccer, or both. When players join the Academy they pay a registration fee when registering online. The registration fee covers the player insurance, jersey cost, league membership fees, etc. The registration fee is only charged once per "soccer year" which runs August 1st to July 31st. If a player plays fall and spring they would only pay the registration fee in the fall. In addition to the registration fee players pay a season fee for whichever season(s) they participate in. The season fee covers costs associated with playing in a season such as coaching costs, tournaments entry fees, field lining, equipment, etc. The season fee is due on the first day of practice at check-in and can be paid with check or cash. 

NEW - Starting in the fall of 2017 season, the Academy jersey kit will now include matching shorts and socks. The club will purchase the shorts and socks to get a bulk discount and will sell them to the families on the first practice. Families do not need to purchase a jersey kit each season, only when needed. The shorts used by our Academy are also the shorts used by the Select (11U and older) teams so the shorts can be used for the Select program as player get older, if desired. 

Registration fee = $50
Jersey fee, when needed = $25 (jersey, shorts, socks)
Fall season fee = $50 for 8U and $85 for 9U/10U (tournament fee included)
Spring season fee =  $65 for all age groups (tournament fee included)

 

Program Registration
All WI Youth Soccer Association clubs utilize the same registration program, LeagueOne by the Active Network. When you click to register you will be taken to the Oshkosh United component of the state's registration system. The registration system will have you create an account that will be used when registering for any soccer program for any child (so keep that log-in information).

Depending upon the age of your child, when you go to add a program to your cart you may have multiple options. If you have any questions about which program to select feel free to email academy@oshkoshunited.com with any questions or to request a phone call.

 

Fall Academy registration will open up on July 9th. Click here and fill out the form if you would like to be notified when registration opens.