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Academy (U8-U12)

Our Academy program is the second step on the Player Development Pathway at T&C Soccer, it forms a bridge between Recreational and Select.

The Academy is a player centric program where individual development is our priority. We teach players the technique and tactics they require to enjoy the game in a competitive developmental environment.

Fall 2024 Academy Registration

Registration for the fall Academy season is open for returning Academy players and pre-qualified players.  A registration password is required and can be obtained from the soccer director. New players looking to join the T&C Academy program should sign up for player observation (see information below).

SIGN UP: Fall Academy

New Player Observations

These observations are for players born in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 or 2017 who are interested in join the program for the Fall 2024 season. We will be holding observations on the dates listed below. NOTE: If you attend an observation and do not get offered a spot in the Academy program you will have time to register for Fall Recreational Soccer.

Mon Aug 5 (Girls) Field #45 - 6:30 PM
Tues Aug 6 (Boys) Field #45 - 6:30 PM
SIGN UP: New Player Observations

Program Details

All teams are coached by our trainers who work from the US Soccer Training & Planning Curriculum Map  to make sure the players are being taught the appropriate information for their age. Sessions are built around the four pillars of the game; technical, tactical, physical and mental.

Children participating in the Academy are placed on teams according to their skill level. Teams are formed during the first week or two of the season. We may adopt a slightly different approach for the U8-U10 Girls with players training in a pool and new teams being formed prior to game day each week. We will evaluate prior to the start of the season.

Most Academy games are played at T&C Sports Complex at a set time on a Saturday. If you are placed on a travel team you will play within the greater Austin area.  More details on the program below.

  • All practices are at Town & Country Sports Complex.
  • Practice is designed by our Soccer Director and lead by our Trainers.
  • Trainers are expected to present at all practices and games.
  • Players practice twice-a-week (1hr 15mins) for 13 weeks.
  • Current practice time slots; 5 – 6:15pm & 6:30 – 7:45pm.
  • Players have access to a third “optional” Technical Training Session each week on the day they do not practice.
  • Players must wear T&C practice jersey to training
  • At the beginning of the season players will be evaluated and place onto teams.
  • Depending on the age group teams will play either 5v5, 7v7 or 9v9.
  • Teams may vary from season-to-season.
  • Teams play 9 games per season, we do our best to reschedule rain-outs.
  • T&C end-of-season tournament included.
  • Most Academy teams compete in our “in-house” Academy league.
  • In-house teams will play all their regular season games at T&C on Saturdays, typically within one or two similar time slots each week.
  • Travel teams will compete in the local area (CAYSA) league, this league requires considerably more travel around the Austin area.
  • Academy teams/players and have access to our VEO camera game recordings
  • All players are required to purchase an Academy uniform package in their first season (approximately $175). This uniform is good through Spring 2025 and can be used when they graduate onto a select team.




Early MayRegistration Opens
July 28 (7pm on zoom)Girls Academy Info Session
Aug 4 (7pm on zoom)Boys Academy Info Session
Aug 5 & 6New Player Observations
Aug 12 weekPractice Begins
Aug 12Late Registration (team placement not guaranteed - $25 fee)
Aug 12 & 13Parent Meeting (6pm)
Aug 12 & 19 weekTeam Formation
Aug 13 & 14Technical Training & Keeper Training Begins
Aug 26 weekTeam Practice Begins
Sept 7Season Games Begin
Nov 3Season Games End
Nov 4 weekTeam Practice Ends
Nov 5 & 6Technical Training & Keeper Training Ends
Nov 9-10T&C end-of-season Tournament (included)
Nov 11 & 12New Player Observations

Training Curriculum Map

WeekTraining Topic
1Passing & Receiving | Scrimmages & Team Formation
2Passing & Receiving | Possession
3Shooting & RWTB | Playing out of the back
4Shooting & RWTB | Playing out of the back
5Turning, Dribbling & 1v1 Attacking | Transition
6Turning, Dribbling & 1v1 Attacking | Transition
7Receiving to turn, Shooting | Combination Play
8Receiving to turn, Shooting | Combination Play
9Ball control, Turning & 1v1 Defending | Finishing in final 3rd
10Ball control, Turning & 1v1 Defending | Finishing in final 3rd
11RWTB, Shielding & Shooting | Defending Principles
12RWTB, Shielding & Shooting | Defending Principles


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