The FCD Junior Academy has also been referred to as “Pre-Select” soccer for boys and girls ages U-7 to U-10. Typically it’s for those players who excel at the recreational level and desire an additional environment that is more competitive with advanced coaching. It is, however, open to all players. After graduating from our Juniors Academy program, Select soccer begins at U-11.
Juniors soccer focuses primarily on individual skill development. The goal of Juniors soccer is to prepare players for a club soccer environment in their later years. It is designed for the more competitive player and the more committed families. It usually has licensed coaches and has more travel and expenses involved.
FC Dallas is focused on player development. We are striving to create a solid learning experience by eliminating the “must win” stress placed on the player and team. FC Dallas has a unique player development system consisting of four levels which follow our curriculum of developing creative and confident soccer players throughout each stage of development.
There is an unhealthy bias towards promoting athleticism rather than taking time to develop players at the younger ages, which is having a profound negative effect on soccer in the USA. Therefore at FC Dallas, we believe in age appropriate coaching which ensures that we are teaching not only the RIGHT things, but moreover teaching them the RIGHT way with an emphasis on long term development rather than short term 'wins'.
FC Dallas Juniors philosophy is to develop skillful players in a fun and competitive environment where we encourage individual creativity. We want players to problem solve, improvise and make decisions on their own during practices and games. We also want players to play completely free with no fear of failure. The goal of our FC Dallas Junior teams is to learn the necessary tools to develop to their full potential as a soccer player.
We recognize that the Juniors Level is the first and most important stage in structuring player development. The 4 major themes from the Juniors Curriculum are:
Ball Mastery - using both feet and multiple surfaces, we encourage players to experiment with all turns, tricks and skills whereas to develop their technical confidence with the ball. All players are developed to be dribblers first.
Shapes & Support - developing the idea of triangle and diamond shapes by supporting the player on the ball. Thus giving players more options to keep the ball rather than just kick it away.
Small Sided Environments - lots of 1v1, 2v2, 3v3 and 4v4 free play within each training session. Thus allowing players to experiment and maximize development though multiple contacts on the ball and also recognize the triangle and diamond shape within the game.
Independent Player Thinking - we encourage the players to think for themselves and solve soccer problems with the skills we have taught. Our coaches guide players to the answers by asking questions rather than telling them the answer. Thereby creating independent thinkers who will play the game and solve soccer problems without the coach constantly telling them what to do in any given scenario. This leads to longer term information retention and higher levels of skill acquisition.
The FCDY Liga is our in-house development program exclusively for FC Dallas Junior Academy teams on Sunday afternoons at FC Dallas Stadium. It was created to provide a better environment to develop our players. We wanted our soccer “classroom” to be positive and nurturing, where players can experiment using their tricks and skills to solve problems on the field in a healthy and competitive environment.
The Liga format is 3v3, 4v4 and 5v5 so players can maximize their touches on the ball as well as their soccer experience. Experts agree that this is the purest form of soccer and it’s widely known that many of the best players in the world honed their skills playing street soccer, so we wanted to replicate that as best we could.
*Liga is mandatory for all our U-7 and U-8 teams.
How to Get Involved
Training groups are constantly forming througout the year and anyone can attend Juniors training sessions at anytime, regardless of the time of year and of soccer club/soccer association affiliation.
To attend a free open skills session, please contact a FC Dallas Juniors Coach for the appropriate age group and area. You can find a list of these coaches on the Boys and Girls Team pages. You can also contact our Juniors Support Staff, who can provide information on training times and locations.
Fees go toward team training, skills training, Liga training & league games.
Playing Seasons: Winter/Spring (January-June) and Summer/Fall (July-December)
Playing Fee (per six month season): $525 for U8-U10 players, $475 for U7 players