Jr. Academy

2019-20 Junior Academy - Winter Registration Open

The Junior Academy provides a fun, enthusiastic, and positive learning experience through practice and competition for the player’s first few years of soccer. 

U5 (2015) Boys & Girls | Mini-Kickers
U6 (2014) Boys & Girls | Mini-Kickers
U7 (2013) Boys & Girls | Junior Academy

U8 (2012) Boys & Girls | Junior Academy

All players will learn the rules of the game and focus on improving individual technical skill of dribbling, passing, receiving, shooting in a team environment. Individual and team skill development will be stressed before winning with an insight to long term development. Players entering at the Jr. Academy level will participate in the game of soccer in a format that is both fun and better suited to their development. The small-sided games approach (from 1v1 to 5v5) is the best way to introduce the game to young players.

Advantages of Small-Sided Games

  • Increases number of touches on the ball.
  • Requires players to both defend and attack.
  • Improves player concentration because ball is close to them at all times.
  • Improves fitness levels due to lively and dynamic tempo.
  • Provides realistic challenges, limited number of players in restricted space creates game like conditions. 
  • The game itself improves soccer techniques so players can improve and enjoy the game.
  • Develops individual skill; increases frequency of 1v1 matchups.
  • A high number of goals are scored which make it game fun for the players.
  • Rules are simplified, emphasizes imaginative play, and promotes growth and appreciation of the game of soccer.

Location & Time

FALL Indian Creek Upper School, Crownsville, MD
Monday's 6:30-7:30pm
Begins August 26, 2019
League Play | U8 Anne Arundel County Soccer League
EDP futures festivals | TBA

WINTER Queen Anne School Gymnasium
Friday's 6:30-7:45
Begins January 10, 2020
League Play | Winter 2 Session Indoors TBA

Yearly Calendar

 - 3 month program (End of August - November)
U7 - 1 practice per week (End of August - November), league play on the weekend, 1 season end tournament
U8 - 1 practice per week (End of August - November), league play on the weekend, 1 season end tournament 

 – 3 month program (January - March) 
U7 - 1 practice per week, Futsal league play on the weekend
U8 - 1 practice per week, Futsal league play on the weekend

 - 3 month program (April - June) 
U7 - 1 practice per week (April - June), league play on the weekend, 1 season end tournament
U8 - 1 practice per week (April - June), league play on the weekend, 1 season end tournament

Players can join at anytime of year!

Program Cost

$800 (Fall, Winter & Spring)
$300  (Fall Only)
$400 (Winter Only
$300  (Spring Only)
$200 Commitment Fee is due at Sign Up
Balance can be paid in full or on a monthly cycle option (Eg. 6 payments per month $100 per month) 
If you are interested in per season registration please call/email Program Director Laurence Smith


Choose from the drop down menu on FACTS | U7/U8 2012-2013 Jr. Academy


Once you have registered on FACTS and made payment please contact steve.campbell@mdunitedfc.org to recevie the soccer.com link to order the uniform.

Red Training Shirt - REQUIRED | adidas ClimaLite T-Shirt 
Black Shorts - REQUIRED | adidas Tastigo 19 Short
Red Socks - REQUIRED | adidas Team Speed II Socks
Ball - REQUIRED | Size 4 adidas 2019 MLS NFHS Top Training Soccer Ball
Red Hoody/Training Top - Optional
Black Training Pants - Optional
BackPack - Optional

For all questions about our program please feel free to call or email us:

Junior Academy Program Director

Laurence Smith | laurence.smith@mdunitedfc.org


Operations Director

Pat Noel | pat.noel@mdunitedfc.org





1.  How many days do the U7, U8 train and play in the Junior Academy Program?

The U7 & U8 program is a more intensive program where players practice 1 time per week and play in a league on the weekends.  This is designed for all levels of players whether new to the game or players who have been playing soccer for 1-2 years.  Players from this program will try-out for the rising U9 Maryland United FC travel team the following year.

2.  Do players have to tryout to make the Junior Academy Program?

NO.  All players can participate in the Junior Academy Program. We create multiple teams in this age group so players can enjoy the game of soccer.

As a parent you need to ask yourself: Does my child enjoy and want to play soccer more than 1 night a week?  Does my child want to play in competitive games on the weekend?  Is my child eager to learn and develop more skills?  If you answered yes, then the Junior Academy program is the correct choice for your child. 

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