FCLC - Academy

Level 2: U8 Teams


Program Overview

The objective within the second level of our "Academy" program, is to progress from the basic FUNdamentals learned within our U6-U7 Academy “Training” Program, to now prepare our players for “game play”.  

Practice sessions will continue to utilize the one player:one ball methodology to maximize a player's individual technical development, with the addition of educating HOW, WHEN and WHERE each technique can be used in a game setting.

Players at this level now have their first experience of playing year round soccer: August to June (fall, winter & spring)

Player/Team Package


  • Season One: Fall (August to November): 2 x 75 min session per week x 12 weeks
  • Season Two: Winter (January to March) 1 x 60 min session x 10 weeks
  • Season Three: Spring (April to June) 2 x 75 min session x 10 weeks
  • See webpage: Resource Center / Game Day & Training Locations for list of fields

League Play

Fall & Spring
  • During each outdoor season (Fall & Spring), U8 teams may play 5 v 5 (max 9 roster) or 7 v 7 (max 10 roster) depending on numbers and ability levels.

  • Each team will play 8 league games in the YSSL (Boys) or IWSL (Girls) competitive leagues.

  • Teams play 4 x Home and 4 x Away games. Away games at this age level are generally no more than 45 min away

  • All games are scheduled with parent feedback on player availability. 

  • See webpage: Resource Center / Game Day & Training Locations for list of fields
  • Participation in our "In-house" Development Game Day program (Sunday's at the Round Lake Sports Center - Turf)

Additional Opportunities

  • Friday Technical development Clinics (Third session Fall & Spring)
  • Summer club camps
  • Attendance at Drive GK clinics