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Academy U7-U10


This season we are going with the birth year matrix for Academy which means that all players with the birth years of 2008-2011 are able to play in the academy program.  Please check with your local clubs to ensure that they are able to accept these ages and have teams for them.  

Academy Dates of Play


Academy Schedules have been visible under each team for scheduling August 31, 2017 -

 Schedule changes can be made ONLY through DOC to DOC.  All games are scheduled on Saturdays from 9/9/17 - 5/5/18 - Please have your field schedulers only schedule the Fall season 9/9 - 11/11 for right now.  This will allow for new teams to be entered into the bracket for the spring and the schedule to be re-done only for those specific age groups.  

Teams cannot pull out of the schedules as they are already made.

 Any team needing to be pulled out will be fined $250, and will not be removed until payment is received. 

STYSA Academy Application 2017-2018

For New and Returning Clubs

Rosalinda Prieto-Williams AAYSA VP of Academy

STYSA Academy Program

The South Texas Youth Soccer Association Academy Program is a certified program which uses a defined curriculum and qualified staff to teach individual skills to players registered as U10 or under. The Academy philosophy focuses on the complete development of each player and provides an environment for boys and girls to learn through playing. The Academy Program emphasizes the process of technical development and gradual tactical understanding. The main goal of the STYSA Academy Program is to provide a program structure that meets the needs of all clubs and associations in South Texas.

We feel that clubs must be empowered to provide a variety of programming options for their players including recreational and competitive play and that the Academy Program provides both the flexibility and structure to create a special program for boys and girls U10 and under. By using the STYSA Academy Program’s best practice recommendations and curriculum found on the Coaching Resources page of the STYSA website, member associations and clubs can foster Academy Programs of all sizes and shapes that can grow and flourish.

Program Goals

  • To emphasize player development over team development and focus on the technical development of each child without the pressures of short-term wins/losses/results.  
  • To develop ball skill and decision making in the game. To create a fun and dynamic atmosphere for players.   
  • To help educate parents on how to understand the sport and their role as a support of their child’s development.
  • To prepare younger players for the eventual transition into competitive select soccer.  
  • To offer a program that will follow recommendations and guidelines from US Youth Soccer and the United States Soccer Federation for small-sided play.
  • To help reduce travel and lower the expense for younger players and their families.


STYSA Academy Information

Grassroots Festival Information