Junior Academy Mission

The 8U-10U Junior Academy program is offered to players that are ready for an entry program into the competitive side of the club. The Junior Academy stresses player development over results, and focuses on the development of individual skills, technique and basic game understanding. The program is recommended by US Soccer and the North Carolina Youth Soccer Association.

The specific goals of the Junior Academy are:

  • To create a positive environment for players, coaches and parents
  • To focus on individual player development
  • To instill a love and passion for the game of soccer
  • To learn basic game understanding
  • To educate parents about proper expectations in their child’s youth soccer experience

Junior Academy Expectations

Age Group and Genders

The Junior Academy Program is open to 8U, 9U, and 10U boys and girls.

If you are looking to join the Junior Academy during the season, please contact Patrick Bridges, the Director of the Junior Academy.


Season Commitments & Expectations

The Junior Academy Program is a two season commitment with seasons in the Fall (mid-August to mid-November) and Spring (end of January to beginning of May). Players will practice for 60 minutes 2 nights per week at a training site specific to their location (East, Central, West). Practice days and times will be determined by the Junior Academy Director prior to the start of the season; we do our best to get all players in a certain age group & gender to train on the same fields at the same time (Ex. 9u Girls all train together, 10u Girls, etc.).

Games will typically be played on Saturdays against other NC Fusion teams in an intersquad format. Players will play in at least 8 games and will participate in at least one festival event each season. Travel is limited to the Piedmont Triad area as much as possible. Some players will be offered optional opportunities to participate in Tournaments outside the area; there is an additional fee for additional event invites.

Junior Academy Leadership

Director and Coaches

The program is overseen by Patrick Bridges, the Junior Academy Director. The Director is assisted by Nick Smith, the Junior Academy Administrator. Junior Academy teams are coached by NC Fusion Staff Coaches with a minimum of a USSF Grassroots License, and each team will have a coach dedicated to those players for the year.

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