Junior Academy U8

last edited: Jan 2018

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U7-U8 Junior Academy Program

The Junior Academy is a program for the most focused, and dedicated U7-U8 players.  Selected players will train/play twice weekly with our Academy coaches to help develop their skills and understanding of the game, while participating in our fun but competitive "champions league" games on Saturday mornings.  Mini festivals (tournaments) against other clubs in the region will be hosted and attended periodically as well. 


Program Details

Soccer Age:

U7-U8 (Players are grouped by gender)

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Level of Play:

Players play 4 or 5 aside (4v4 or 5v5).

Player Assessments:

All U8 players at CUSC are evaluated prior to the forming of teams. These evaluations help us to balance teams, as well as to select the core group of our Junior Academy.  Selected players will be offered positions in the Junior Academy Program. Click here for Evaluation Policy.

Players who are not immediately invited into the Junior Academy Program will be placed in the U8 Development League with the option of registering in the U5-U8 Academy Grassroots Training for continued monitoring and development as well as access to our top youth coaches.

U7 players may request to attend the U8 evaluations in April, if they are interested in the Junior Academy.  U7s may also be invited into the Junior Academy through regular scouting of our development league. 

Evaluation Dates:

See the 2018 Summer Evaluation Schedule

Season Length: Early May to Early September 
Weekly Commitment:

Training twice weekly with Academy coaches and team coaches (weeknights).

Friendly "champions league" games on Saturday mornings.

Festivals against other clubs throughout the season (these are 60-75 minute events).

Important Dates:

Games and Practices: 

Practices will be on weeknights (Monday - Wednesday).

Games will be on Saturday mornings between 8:30 AM-10:00 AM.

All Junior Academy games and practices are held at Millennium Park, with the sole exception of some festivals/tournaments hosted by other clubs across the Ottawa region.

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Evaluation Dates (MANDATORY for all U8 players at the club):

See the 2018 Summer Evaluation Schedule.


Mid-April - Initial Junior Academy groups formed

April/May - Training begins

June 8, 9, 10,  2018

  • Pictures (not included in the fee)

Junior Academy Fee: $230 (Once accepted to the Junior Academy program) 

Must be registered in the following Programs prior to registering for the Junior Academy:

  1. Base Registration 
  2. U5-U8 Academy Grassroots Training


Non-Volunteer fee: $50 per family (mandatory fee, refundable after volunteering)

Player Requirements:
  • Players are required to wear protective shin guards and shoes at all games and practices.  Soccer cleats are allowed and recommended at all age groups.
  • No jewelry, hair clips or bracelets (excluding Medical Alerts) are allowed to be worn on the soccer field. Ontario Soccer (OS) Policy states that all jewelry including, but not limited to earrings and watches must be removed.  Taping earrings is also not allowed.  Jewelry poses an unnecessary risk to all players. 
  • Casts – Hard casts are not permitted.
  • Medical Alerts – Medical Alerts are allowed, but must be taped down.
  • Eyeglasses – The club strongly recommends that players who wear eyeglasses, wear sports glasses during games and practices for everyone's safety.




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