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U5 / U6 Academy Developmental Program
For 4, 5 and 6 year old girls and boys

Our U5/U6* Academy Developmental Program is an excellent way to teach soccer to 4, 5 and 6 year olds. This brings group training and game play to young girls and boys in a way that is fun and starts to build ball mastery skills and coordination.

Players meet once per week for a one hour session of instruction and fun. The emphasis will be on each child learning fundamentals of soccer and the moves needed to become a proficient player. Each session is run by qualified coaches.

Using a 4v4 game format allows the maximum amount of time for touches with the ball. More touches equates to improved skills. Improved skills equates to more fun!

This program has three sessions but each is individual so you can attend any one, two or all three. Choose what works for you and your family!


Schedule - Three 5 week sessions for the Fall 2014-15 season. All sessions are held on Thursdays from 6-7pm.

  • 1st session is Sept. 4th through Oct. 2nd (rain date 10/9) - Registration for Session 1 ended 8/23/14

  • 2nd session is Oct. 16th through Nov. 13th (rain date 11/20) - Registration for Session 2 ended 10/04/14

  • 3rd session is Jan. 8th through Feb. 5th (rain date 2/12) - Registration for Session 3 ends 12/27/14. Click here to register now!


Practice and Game Format

  • Technical Training with St. Pete Raiders Training Staff for 30 minutes

  • Open soccer style 4v4 game play for 30 minutes

    • No player goal kicks, corner kicks or throw-ins.

    • The game is restarted with the facilitator or volunteer parent rolling in a new ball for play once a ball has gone out-of-bounds.

    • Three 6 minute periods with 2-3 minute break periods.

    • No referees or goalkeepers.

    • No assigned teams, each field has 2 teams of 4 players (no substitutes).

    • All players practice and play together.

Must have shin guards; cleats are prefered.


*When you see U5, U6, U7, etc - think "Under Age 5, Under Age 6, Under Age 7." It reflects your child's age as of August 1st of the current school year. If your child was 5 on August 1st, 2014, he or she would be considered U6 in all soccer programs from August 2014 to July 2015.