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Academy U7-U10

Certified Youth Academy Program 

Our certified Youth Academy Program uses a defined curriculum and player-centered developmental focus to provide optimal playing environments for players registered as 10 years of age or under. The program focuses on the complete development of each player and provides an opportunity for boys and girls to learn through playing, emphasizing the process of both skill acquisition and tactical understanding.

Program Goals


  • To emphasize player development over team development 
  • To focus on the development of each child without the pressures of short-term wins, losses or results  
  • To develop ball skill and decision-making in the game with a fun and dynamic atmosphere for players   
  • To educate parents on the sport and their role as a supporter of their child’s long-term athletic development
  • To prepare younger players for the transition into competitive select soccer  
  • To offer a program that follows recommendations and guidelines from U.S. Youth Soccer and the United States Soccer Federation for small-sided play
  • To help clubs reduce travel and lower the expense for younger players and their families 


All South Texas Youth Academy Clubs and Leagues receive support at multiple levels from our State Technical Department. The Youth Academy Program club and players must be registered with STX Youth Soccer in order to receive benefits, including:

  1. Organizational structure and models for league and program design 
  2. Handbook on how to create and operate a successful Youth Academy Program
  3. Curriculum designed specifically for the age and ability of the youth players
  4. Sample training sessions
  5. Opportunities to attend State coaching clinics and courses
  6. Educational meetings/webinars for coaches, parents and players
  7. Informational material to distribute to parents and players 
  8. Assistance with organizing Academy Festivals

South TX Youth Academy Guidelines

All Youth Academy members must follow these STX Youth Soccer Academy Player Guidelines: 

Application (To Be complete by Club doc)

Clubs looking to participate in the Youth Academy Program must complete an annual application. The application will be reviewed by the State Technical Director and shared with your local association to ensure that all clubs and coaches are in good standing and following program guidelines.

Apply to the Youth Academy Program



Spring 2022 Academy Season 



*All teams from Fall 2021 will be scheduled for the Spring 2022 Season*  New teams will be accepted


Best practices is for the DOC to review the number of players registered for the Spring 2022 Season and make adjustments as needed for team counts.  

Please use the Team Declaration and submit all of your academy teams on it, so that we can ensure your club registrars have put all of your teams in for scheduling.   We will NOT chase your club down for the team declaration, if it is not turned in by 1/20/2022, we will assume that your club will not be playing with the teams from the fall season and nothing more/less. 

Neutral Site Playing Dates :  (these dates cannot be changed by the clubs) @ Star Soccer Complex 

Playing times are from 9am - 1pm (unless star complex changes something)

Feb 26 (Saturday)

March 5 (Saturday)

March 19 (Saturday) 

April 9 (Saturday)

April 30 (Saturday)

Team no-showswill not be tolerated and there will be a first offense fine of $150 and if the same team has a second no-show they will be fined $250 and removed from the league with a letter sent to their club president and parents of the team. 

Make sure you have enough coaches to cover each and every one of your teams and enough players for each team you enter into the league.