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Chatham Soccer Academy

2023-24 Enrolment Information

Limited Spaces Remaining For 2023-24 Academy Season Apply Today

Welcome

Welcome to United Soccer Academy, where our passion for soccer shapes a nurturing and inclusive environment for all players. We prioritize player-centered development over winning, ensuring kids learn and grow at their own pace. Our model, developed over 10 years, offers a 9-10 month season aligned with the school year, featuring a summer break for player comfort.

Our focus is on making soccer accessible to everyone, not just the exceptionally talented or those who can afford expensive programs. With multiple locations, our professionally run academy offers year-round structured training, teams, and leagues, all led by certified coaches. We believe in equitable resource sharing, giving every young soccer enthusiast the chance to improve their skills, regardless of ability.

Join our mission to redefine youth soccer, where player growth, enjoyment, and a love for the game are at the heart of everything we do.

Where

Indoor Locations

McNaughton Public School

Tecumseh Public School

Outdoor Locations

Chatham Christian School

Keil Drive Soccer Fields

Academy Schedules

Practices

Throughout the Academy year we run practice sessions on Monday and Wednesday each week between 5.30pm & 8.30pm. Whilst we are outdoors players get both nights, when we are indoors they will be assigned one night either Monday or Wednesday.

League Matches & Tournaments

Academy Travel Team League matches are on weekends in the Fall from September to November and Spring-Summer from April to July. Usually you will play 3 weekend matches per month with one weekend off. There are no weekend matches through the Winter months

Academy Season Calendar

A 9-10 month soccer season is the standard length in almost all countries where soccer is taken seriously. By following this structure, our academy aligns with a globally recognized and proven model for player development. This standard length provides ample time for players to learn, practice, and play, thereby fostering a comprehensive understanding of the sport. With a break during the summer months, we are adhering to the practice of many countries where the weather is not conducive to playing at the height of summer. This balance is vital to prevent burnout, keep the game enjoyable, and let players return refreshed and eager to learn.

September to November

Outdoor Practices and Fall Travel League Matches

We kick off our soccer year in September with outdoor sessions, allowing players to make the most of the pleasant fall weather. During this period, we offer two mid-week sessions focused on skill development and tactical understanding.  In addition to these training sessions, players also participate in our Academy league matches on Saturdays. These games provide a platform for players to apply their newly acquired skills in a real game setting and experience the thrill of competition.

November to April

Indoor Futsal Sessions

As the weather turns colder, we move indoors for Futsal sessions from November through to April. Futsal, the official indoor game of FIFA, helps sharpen individual skills as it requires precise control and tactical prowess. Players attend one Futsal session per week, offering them a unique experience that enhances their technical skills and game understanding.

April to Mid July

Outdoor Practices and Spring-Summer Travel League Matches

As the spring blooms, we return outdoors from April until the end of June. We continue with our two mid-week sessions focusing on a wide range of skills and strategies, coupled with our Academy league matches on Saturdays. This allows players to enjoy the game they love under the open sky while improving their game and enjoying competitive play.

Mid July To September

Summer Break Enjoy Time Off

It’s time to take a well earned summer break, enjoy the hot weather, travel, vacation and recharge the batteries ready for the next Academy season. Our comprehensive year-round program offers a balanced mix of training, competition, and relaxed soccer games, providing players with a holistic soccer experience. We look forward to welcoming your child to our Academy and accompanying them on their exciting soccer journey!

Who Is The Academy For

United Soccer Academy is the ideal place for boys and girls from Senior Kindergarten to Grade 8 who are eager to play and learn soccer year-round, beyond just the summer months. It’s designed for parents who prioritize high-quality coaching within an educational environment, where the emphasis is on fair treatment and providing equal opportunities for success and inclusion. Our Academy is a nurturing ground for young players who seek a comprehensive soccer experience, focusing on skill development, teamwork, and personal growth in a supportive and equitable setting.

United Soccer Academy is the perfect choice for families and players who love soccer and seek to be surrounded by a community of equally passionate players, families, and coaches. 

What's Included In Your Enrolment At The Academy

United Soccer Academy offers an inclusive program where all players have equal access to training sessions, team play, Travel teams, leagues and tournaments, all included in the enrolment fees. We encourage players to attend as many sessions as possible for maximum development and enjoyment.

Weekly Training Sessions

Our weekly training sessions are thoughtfully structured to maximize player development. From September to November and April to July, while we’re outdoors, all players have the option to attend two midweek sessions. Typically, one session focuses on skill training, while the other is more game-oriented because playing is a key aspect of learning the sport. During the indoor season from November to April, facility availability leads us to offer one comprehensive indoor session per week, where we blend training exercises with game play.

Academy Travel Team Leagues

Our Academy Travel Team league matches, held on weekends, showcase the skills taught in training within a competitive setting. Prioritizing player development over winning, our coaches focus on individual growth and team play. We believe team participation is essential to the soccer experience, offering it to as many kids as possible, including those often excluded from other programs. 

Leagues run outdoors in the Fall & Spring-Summer more information on the Academy Travel Teams and Leagues is contained in the next section.

3v3 Junior Tournaments

United Soccer Academy offers monthly 3v3 tournaments for young and beginner players in Fall and Spring-Summer, providing a fun, competitive alternative to regular league play. These flexible tournaments allow players to hone their skills and celebrate achievements with a cup for the winning team and medals for player, without the need for frequent travel.

Uniforms

At United Soccer Academy, every new player receives an academy practice and training shirt as part of their welcome kit, included in their membership. For those who join our Academy travel teams, we also provide an official academy team uniform. This ensures that all our players, whether training or competing, feel a part of the team and wear their Academy colors with pride.

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United Youth Travel Soccer League

Our Academy, serving the Windsor Essex and Chatham Kent regions, provides a unique soccer experience focused on inclusivity, development, and passion for the game. Differing from other programs, we ensure every player has the opportunity to join our Academy teams in our Leagues, prioritizing full participation. By creating our own leagues, we aim to offer team experiences to those often excluded in traditional tryouts, reinforcing our commitment to accessible and enjoyable soccer for all.

Season Designed For Soccer

We are the sole program in the region that offers players a league in both the Fall and the Spring. This seasonal structure mirrors the practices of top soccer nations globally, avoiding the height of summer for more suitable playing conditions. 

Great Game Environment

Our game-day environments are designed to be positive and enjoyable, with a strong emphasis on respect between coaches and a spectator culture centred around enjoying the game.

Inclusivity No Tryouts

We take pride in our fully inclusive Travel team league, where all players are assigned to teams matching their abilities and needs, eliminating tryouts and ensuring everyone has the chance to develop skills and enjoy league play.

Custom Game Formats

We field teams across multiple divisions, offering a diverse range of competitive opportunities for our players. We control all aspects of the league, from playing formats and match lengths to the number of games, allowing us the flexibility to cater to the unique needs and development of our players. 

Player Development

Our Academy and Leagues cater to kids passionate about soccer, offering a community staffed with soccer enthusiasts. We conclude our Spring league in early June to accommodate the onset of summer, ensuring a consistent and high-quality experience for our players throughout the season.

Affordable, Minimal Travel

The cost of participation is kept to an absolute minimum. Players only need to pay for the cost of their uniform, with all other fees included in the Academy enrolment fees. Additionally, the furthest travel required for a game is approximately 25-35 minutes, reducing the burden on families.

When & Where Are Games

All games are scheduled for weekends to give as many players and parents the opportunity to attend. Schedules and locations are sent out well in advance. Matches are played in Chatham, Lakeshore & Windsor with teams travel limited as much as is possible. To do this we use centralized venues when we can.

Our Coaches

United Soccer Academy is proud of its skilled coaching staff, all held to consistent high standards and fully equipped to deliver our curriculum to all players. Unlike other programs, we don’t outsource coach training but have developed our own 60-lesson program, ensuring our coaches are well-versed in our philosophy and methods.

We commit to fairness by giving every player access to our top coaches, regardless of talent level. This approach, coupled with our in-house training, ensures quality soccer education and supports our dedication to equal opportunities for all players.

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Our Philosophy & Approach

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Unlike most other clubs, we provide year-round training and playing opportunities for all players, regardless of ability. We believe that every player deserves to enjoy soccer throughout the year, not only those selected for elite travel teams.

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We understand that planning is crucial for families. Our training sessions run at consistent days and times throughout the year, and schedules are shared far in advance. This includes all sessions and league matches, making it easy to manage soccer commitments alongside other activities.

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Our unique grouping system sets us apart. We group players based on their ability, understanding of the game, age, and social factors. We don’t believe in grouping players solely by birth year as it often fails to address the needs of advanced or beginner players.

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We welcome players of all abilities. Everyone will find their perfect spot in our program, where they are appropriately challenged and allowed to grow at their own pace. Plus, players can move groups throughout the year based on their progress and current needs.

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Our curriculum focuses on teaching players the universal principles of soccer. We also provide technical skills training, which is integrated into game situations wherever possible. We believe that learning soccer should happen through playing soccer, not isolated drills.

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We’ve replaced the stress of tryouts with an open-door policy. We believe in giving every child the chance to improve and enjoy the game, not excluding them based on early performance. After all, development is a journey, not a race.

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The quality of our coaches is unmatched. All of our coaches complete the same ongoing training and deliver a principle-based curriculum with full support. We firmly believe in equipping our coaches with the tools they need to provide the best soccer education.

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Our approach focuses on unity and equality. We don’t attach labels to groups or players; everyone is considered an essential part of our team. Our philosophy emphasizes player development over early talent identification.

2023-24 Academy Fees

Joining Fee

A one-time joining fee of $50 per player is required upon enrolment. This fee includes the player’s academy uniform.

Annual Academy Enrolment Fee

The annual academy fee is $650 for the entire Academy year and includes all training. This fee is divided into 10 monthly instalments of $65, making it more affordable. We offer discounts for enrolling multiple players which are listed below. If you join after September, the fee is adjusted based on the remaining months in the season.

1 Player

$65/Month

2 Players

$55 Per Player/Month

3 Players

$45 Per Player/Month

Academy Team & League Fees

A one-time league fee of $50-$75 is collected before our Spring-Summer Academy Travel League begins. This fee contributes to the additional costs of player uniforms, field rentals, extra coaching hours, field paint, and player medals. The Fall and Spring-Summer Academy Travel Leagues, featuring 18-20 competitive matches, are provided at cost to ensure an enriching and affordable competitive experience for our players.

How To Enrol

1. Complete the Academy Application Form:
Complete the Academy application form below to start the process

2. Space Availability Confirmation:
We will review your application form and confirm a space is available. 

3. Invoice  With Terms & Conditions Of Enrolment
You will receive an online invoice with the academy’s terms and conditions please take time to read them so you are aware of what enrolling at the Academy includes and what the expectations are. 

4. Pay Enrolment Invoice & Save Your Credit Card To Your Account
Pay the enrolment invoice and save your credit card for monthly instalment setup. Enrolment processing requires this step’s completion.

5. Confirmation & Welcome
After receiving your payment, expect a welcome email within 24-48 hours with start date and details on beginning at the Academy.

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Complete the application form below

Academy Application Form